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A complete list of online resources and services.


AtoZ World Food

Explore Recipes & Food Culture by Country! This site offers authentic recipes and ingredients from around the word, as well as a culinary reference guide.

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This resource offers a variety of tools for job seekers, students, professionals, and more:

        • Live job, resume, and interview coaching
        • Resume lab and access to eParachute
        • Live assistance for veterans and their families to locate benefits, employment transition assistance and community resources.
        • Live tutors for students and adults
        • College and career test preparation including practice tests
        • Skill building lessons including core academics
        • Online computer software classes

Log in using your Grimes Library card number.

Brainfuse HelpNow!

Brainfuse HelpNow offers LIVE tutoring help, skill building, and more for students in K-12 and college, including tutoring done in Spanish.

Check out the SkillsSurfer, where you can do test prep, skill-building and more!  Study for your ACT, SAT or other skills test.

Taking a foreign language?  Check out the Language Lab to build your vocabulary or connect with a language tutor!

Submit your work to the Writing Lab for professional feedback (free registration required).

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BRIDGES with Overdrive Advantage

Your digital Library is part of your public library and has thousands of FREE eBooks, eMagazines, and eAudiobooks. Digital products are available to be checked out for up to two weeks anytime, anywhere using your PC, Smartphone, or Tablet.

GPL subscribes to Overdrive Advantage which helps ensure popular titles are available to Grimes residents.

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Des Moines Register: Proquest Historical Newspapers

Access to The Des Moines Register and other Iowa newspapers.



Instantly borrow eBooks, eAudiobooks, music, movies, and comics with no holds, and no waiting! Content can be streamed to computers, tablets or smartphones, and can be downloaded to mobile devices to allow for offline use anytime. You can checkout up to 3 items from hoopla each month.

Hoopla is available for residents of Grimes and rural Polk County. Log in using your Grimes Library card number.

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Kanopy showcases more than 30,000 of the world’s best films, including award-winning documentaries, rare and hard-to-find titles, film festival favorites, indie and classic films, and world cinema with collections from Kino Lorber, Music Box Films, Samuel Goldwyn, The Orchard, The Great Courses, PBS and thousands of independent filmmakers.

Residents of Grimes and rural Polk County can stream up to 3 videos per month.

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Online Catalog

Use our online catalog to find items, place reserves on items, renew items, and so much more!


People’s Law Library

The People’s Law Library helps Iowans find the legal information they need in plain, easy to understand language. This site is maintained by the State Library of Iowa and the University of Iowa Law Library and includes infomation on many areas of law: Consumer Law, Family Law, Housing Law, Guardianships and Conservatorships, Abuse of Older Persons and Dependent Adults, Public Benefits Programs, Life Planning, Veterans Law, and Work Law.

Popular Magazines

No limit on the number of magazines you can download! View over 100 different magazine subscriptions!

Available to Grimes residents and residents of rural Polk county only. Use your Grimes Library card to log in.

Project Gutenberg

Over 50,000 free eBooks available for download. No library card required!

Purdue University Online Writing Lab

A great resource for writing and editing papers, citing sources, and learning all about the essay writing process.

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World Cat

The world’s largest online library catalog, find items available at libraries near you!


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