Research Databases

The Cedar Rapids Public Library offers access to a variety of databases for cardholders.
Genealogy, family trees and family history

1. Only at the Cedar Rapids Public Library


Index to articles from over 12,000 journals.

1. All Libraries



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Cedar Rapids Digital Archive
Historical newspapers and telephone books of Cedar Rapids.

  1. Only at the Cedar Rapids Public Library



EbscoHost has several different databases that index magazines, newspapers and journals.

In addition we have the following reference centers

  1. Novelist
  2. Auto Repair
  3. Small Engine Repair
  4. Biography
  5. Hobbies & Crafts
  6. Home Improvement
  7. Literary
  1. Cedar Rapids Patrons
  2. Hiawatha Patrons
  3. Marion Patrons



Foundation Directory Online
Guide to grants and foundations from The Foundation Center.

  1. Only at the Cedar Rapids Public Library


Foundation Grants to Individuals Online
Sources for scholarships, fellowships, grants, awards and other financial support to individuals.

  1. Only at the Cedar Rapids Public Library



Freegal Music
Downloadable Music - Freegal Music gives you access to hundreds of thousands of songs in the Sony Music catalog

  1. Available to all residents of Cedar Rapids


Heritage Quest
Online Database for Genealogy research

  1. Use anywhere
  2. Only at the Library


Lawchek offers information on eleven areas of law. In each area state-specific information from either the Questions & Answers section or the Forms section is available.

  1.  Use Anywhere


LearningExpress Library
LearningExpress Library provides a completely interactive online learning platform of practice tests and tutorial course series designed to help patrons, students, and adult learners succeed on the academic or licensing tests they must pass

  1. Use anywhere
Cedar Rapdis Public Library card holders can access thousands of free online training videos and courses.  Need help with Photoshop, Excel, financial literacy, writing or overcoming procrastination? There is a topic for everyone!  Courses can be taken on any desktop, laptop or tablet. Start learning something new today.

  1. Use Anywhere
    Available only to Cedar Rapids and Hiawatha residents.

Morningstar Investment Research Center allows you to research stocks and investments from an independent research company. 

  1. Use Anywhere (Library: Cedar Rapids; Card #: 10001
  2. In the Library offers more than 2,295 newspapers, large and small, from all 50 states and around the world


  1. Use in the Library
  2. Use anywhere


Novelist - Novelist provides reading recommendations based on numerous titles and authors.

  1. Use anywhere


Obituary Index - Cedar Rapids Gazette
Partial Obituary Indexing for the years 1950-1985. Some indexing for 1934-1940.

  1. Use anywhere

Pronunciator - The world's largest language-learning service. Choose from over 80 languages.

  1. Use anywhere


Iowa SILO Locator
A collective database of the holdings of Iowa libraries

  1. Use anywhere

ReferenceUSA is a powerful online reference and research tool providing library cardholders instant, real-time access to accurate, in-depth information on 24 million U.S. businesses and 235 million U.S. residents.  ReferenceUSA makes it faster and easier to find new business opportunities, research executives and companies, find news articles, conduct job searches, research papers, locate addresses and phone numbers, conduct market research and much more.

 1. Use anywhere


Value Line
Research thousands of stocks and mutual funds.

1. Only at the Cedar Rapids
Public Library


Value Line remote
From home or office
The most trusted name in investment research

1. Use anywhere


Search for an item in libraries near you  

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