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Upcoming Changes to Database Subscriptions

The following subscriptions made available to public libraries through the State Library of Iowa were discontinued on June 30, 2021:

  • Gale Databases (including Chilton Library and Opposing Viewpoints)
  • Credo
  • Transparent Language

The State Library is working to secure new online resources for public libraries to make available to their patrons, so please watch our website for more information over the coming weeks.

Link UP to a world of knowledge—use the Library’s numerous databases. All databases, except Ancestry Library Edition, may be accessed at anytime, from anywhere, on any device.

Ancestry Library Edition

Explore census, military, immigration, vital, land, and probate records, court documents, photographs, passenger lists, and more. Remote Access: In-library use only.

Research your family history from home! Our partners at ProQuest are offering remote access to Ancestry Library Edition for Urbandale Public Library cardholders through December 31, 2021.

Remote Access: Please call the library at 515-278-3945 and with your library card number on hand and you will be provided with a password to access this site from home. Remote Access Link

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Brainfuse JobNow/VetNow

A powerful tool for job seekers, veterans, and the families of veterans.

  • JobNow is a versatile online service designed to support every step of the job search process.  JobNow features live online coaches who, among other things, assist in resume/cover letter preparation, and can help you prepare for job interviews.
  • VetNow is designed to help veterans and their families with navigating the VA bureaucracy, providing academic tutoring, and employment transition assistance.

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Consumer Reports 

Access reviews, comparisons, ratings, and information on thousands of consumer products and services.

Remote Access: Contact the Library to obtain the required user ID and password. Remote Access Link


Search a collection of databases for information on a variety of subjects. 

Remote Access: Contact the Library to obtain the required user ID and password.

Foundation Directory Online

A powerful research tool to find grant and funding opportunities for special projects, equipment, technology, and more. This tool includes grantmaker profiles that provide a powerful summary overview of the funder’s work along with all the pertinent details fundraisers need to find and approach great prospects. 

Remote Access: In-library use only.


Explore American genealogical and historical sources dating back to the 1700s including local and family histories, interactive census maps, and the Periodical Source Index of genealogy and local history magazines.

Remote Access: A valid Urbandale Public Library card is required. Remote Access Link

Medline Plus

Access reliable, up-to-date health information, anytime, anywhere, for free.  Produced by the National Library of Medicine, the world’s largest medical library, Medline Plus brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues (over 1000 health topics) in English and Spanish. It also has a growing collection of  multilingual materials in almost 50 languages.

Morningstar Investment Research Center 

Review investment information on more than 23,000 stocks and mutual funds plus expert advice on building and analyzing an investment portfolio.

Remote Access: A valid Urbandale Public Library card is required. Remote Access Link

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Novelist and Novelist K-8

Enjoy book reviews and read-alike recommendations for readers of all ages.

Remote Access: Remote Access Link

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Standard and Poor’s Outlook

Examine business and investment information and industry analysis containing stock reports, company profiles, corporation records, mutual fund reports, industry surveys, the S&P bond guide, and S&P Outlook. Also includes information on over 85,000 privately owned companies.

Remote Access: Contact the Library to obtain the required user ID and password.

Value Line

Review stock analysis and investment research on companies, industries, markets, and economies.

Remote Access: A valid Urbandale Public Library card is required.

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