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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 June 30, 2021.

For 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.  Click here for remote access. 

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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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ChiltonLibrary – provides auto and repair information for a variety of vehicles.  See Gale Databases below.

Consumer Reports (inside of Library usage) – 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. User generated ID and password are required.

Credo Reference – search hundreds of encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, and subject-specific titles, as well as thousands of images, audio files, and videos.

FirstSearchsearch 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 – (inside of library use only) 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.

Gale Databases  utilize a wide assortment of databases to access information on a wide range of subjects.
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HeritageQuest – 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.
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Please note: Reference Solutions will be discontinued on May 15, 2021. Reference Solutions * – (formerly Reference USA) analyze data on over 24 million U.S. companies, organizations and agencies searchable by company name, sales volume, SIC codes, number of employees, product lines, and more.
Remote Access:  A valid Urbandale Public Library card is required
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*Please note:  If unable to access Reference Solutions remotely using Google Chrome™, please try using a different internet browser.  The most recent version of Chrome has been known to cause access issues.

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.

Transparent Language – utilize extensive courses and supplemental resources to learn over 100 languages, including English.
Remote Access: User generated ID and password is required.
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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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