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Academic Search Premier

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Academic Search Premier contains peer-reviewed full-text journals and other valuable resources. With content covering a multitude of academic disciplines, Academic Search Premier is both authoritative and comprehensive.

To access Academic Search Premier outside the library, click HERE.

America’s News (Newsbank)

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America's News provides access to information on people, issues and events in the local area and around the country. This comprehensive resource offers hundreds of millions of current and archived full-text articles from news sources nationwide in a single, fully searchable online database. It includes the electronic editions of more than 3,000 U.S. news sources.

Ancestry Library Edition

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Ancestry is the world's largest online resource for family history.  Ancestry Library Edition provides access to billions of historical documents, millions of historical photos, plus local narratives, oral histories, indexes and other resources in over 30,000 databases that span from the 1500s to the 2000s. 

To access Ancestry Library Edition outside of the library, click HERE.

Auto Repair Source

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Auto Repair Source, powered by the automotive experts at MOTOR, contains step-by-step repair information, diagrams, maintenance schedules, parts and labor estimates, service bulletins and recall notices for all makes and models, with some model years going back to the 1970s.

To access Auto Repair Source outside the library, click HERE.

Black Freedom Struggle in the United States

This curated selection of primary sources is designed for teaching and learning about the struggles and triumphs of Black Americans. Developed with input from Black history scholars and advisors, its easily discoverable materials are ideal for assignments and special projects focused on U.S. Black history.

Brainfuse HelpNow

Brainfuse HelpNow is an all-in-one suite of tutoring services designed for a wide range of academic needs whether it’s tackling a tough homework problem, mastering a particular topic, or writing a paper. HelpNow services include expert academic tutoring and self-study tools to empower users to study at their own pace or collaborate with peers and teachers. Students access live, on-demand academic help and state-aligned skills building lessons from expert tutors.  Tutors are available daily from 2:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Brainfuse JobNow & VetNow

JobNow/VetNow features skill-building practice tests including the GED, HiSet, GRE, and nursing exams. Online job coaches are ready to help you with all your job research needs from resume writing to job interview skills.

Brainfuse Learning Library

Jump right into Brainfuse's Learning Library, where you can connect to live tutors and find study material for high school subjects and beyond.  You can also access skill-building practice tests including the GED, HiSet, college entrance exams, GRE, and nursing exams.

Britannica Library

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Multi-media encyclopedias and dictionaries for all ages. Includes thousands of images, videos, and links to reliable internet resources.

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Unlimited access to ratings, reviews, expert buying advice, product comparisons, consumer user reviews, and product video clips for over 7,000 products including electronics, appliances, home & garden, cars, baby gear, and food products.

To access outside of the library, please click HERE.

Council Bluffs Community Resources

View and connect to Council Bluffs community resources.

Council Bluffs Library Digital Archive

The Library’s Digital Archive contains digital editions of materials from our Special Collections. Browse hundreds of local historic photographs, documents, yearbooks and more. New materials are added regularly, so check back often to be sure you are not missing out on anything!

Council Bluffs Public Library Card Catalog

Search our online catalog for materials we hold in our collection.

Daily Nonpareil (Full Text 1857 – Current)

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Explore local history with full-text articles of the Daily Nonpareil from 1857-present. Read about community issues and events, business, education, government, sports and more.

Digital Sanborn Maps

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Browse historic maps of Council Bluffs and other Iowa cities and towns. Sanborn fire insurance maps are valuable historical tools for urban specialists, social historians, architects, geographers, genealogists, local historians, planners, environmentalists and anyone who wants to learn about the history, growth, and development of American cities, towns, and neighborhoods.

To access Digital Sanborn Maps from outside the library, click HERE.


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ERIC (Education Resources Information Center) is an authoritative database of indexed and full-text education literature and resources. Sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences of the U.S. Department of Education, it is an essential tool for education researchers of all kinds.

First Search

FirstSearch provides electronic access to many databases covering a wide range of topics and formats. Underlying FirstSearch is the WorldCat database, used for locating materials from libraries around the world.

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Foundation Directory Online

FDO makes it easy to turn foundations into funders. It’s the only resource you need to search for the foundations most likely to give you grants and manage your prospects through to funding.

Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center

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Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center provides detailed "how-to" instructions and creative ideas for many of the most popular hobbies, crafts and recreation activities to meet the interests of virtually every hobby-enthusiast. The database features extensive information on over 140 topics.

To access Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center outside the library, click HERE.

Home Improvement Reference Center

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Home Improvement Reference Center is your source for “how-to” information on a variety of home improvement and repair projects, including electrical work, plumbing, and remodeling.

To access Home Improvement Reference Center outside the library, click HERE.

hoopla digital

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Digital movies, television shows, music albums, graphic novels, and audiobooks. Download the free hoopla digital app on your device to begin enjoying thousands of titles from major Hollywood studios and record companies available to borrow for instant streaming or temporary download to your smartphone, tablet, computer, or Apple TV.

LearningExpress Library Complete

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Prepare for a standardized test, explore colleges and careers, or improve your academic skills.  LearningExpress Library Complete offers targeted learning centers — each with a collection of practice tests, tutorials, e-books, articles and flashcards — to help you achieve your goals.

To access LearningExpress Library Complete outside the library, click HERE.

LinkedIn Learning (formerly

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Learn new business, software, creative, and tech skills with expert-led online video tutorials. Expert teachers will help you acquire new skills or advance your career. Topics include software, coding, design, IT, animation, and more.

Little Pim

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Together with Little Pim, your child can learn 360 words and phrases, providing the essential building blocks for language learning.  Choose from 12 languages, including Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), English, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.  Little Pim is provided through Mango Languages and can be accessed with your Mango Languages username and password.

Mango Languages

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Language learning available anytime, anywhere! Choose from over 70 languages and dialects with Mango Languages and begin your language-learning adventure! Each course can even be learned offline or hands-free using the Mango Languages App. The Mango Languages App is supported on Android and Apple devices.

MasterFile Premier

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MasterFile Premier provides full-text magazines, reference books and primary source documents covering a wide variety of general interest topics and disciplines. It also includes an extensive image collection containing photos, maps and flags.

To access MasterFile Premier outside the library, click HERE.

Medline Plus

MedlinePlus offers reliable, up-to-date health information. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, it brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand.

Novelist Plus

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Discover new books with Novelist, a reader advisory service that provides access to information on thousands of fiction titles and offers a wide range of featured content to serve fiction readers of all ages.

To access Novelist Plus outside of the library, please click HERE.

Omaha World-Herald (1983-Current)

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Explore the Omaha World-Herald with full-text articles from 1983 to present. Read about community issues and events, business, education, government, sports and more.


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Browse thousands of e-Books, digital audiobooks and digital magazines and download to your smartphone or digital device. Read today's most popular titles without leaving the house!

Recursos Para Hispanohablantes

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Prepárese para el examen de GED, el examen de Ciudadanía, o aprenda y repase sus habilidades escritas y gramaticales y más con LearningExpress Library Complete. ¡Es gratuito con su tarjeta de la biblioteca!

Para acceso LearningExpress Library Complete, haga clic AQUÍ.

Reference Solutions (formerly Reference USA)

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This business database is ideal for identifying sales leads, creating mailing lists, doing market research, and much more. With accurate data on 63 million businesses and 307 million consumers, reference solutions is one of the most comprehensive business databases on the market, offering the latest business and financial information for researchers at all levels.

Select Reads

Sign up to receive book recommendations sent directly to your inbox. Just pick a favorite subject or genre, and we will send you a new list of recommendations each month.

Small Engine Repair Reference Center

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Access repair guides covering routine maintenance and complex projects for all major makes and models of small engines, including for ATVs, boats, farm tractors, lawnmowers, motorcycles, and much more.

To access Small Engine Repair Reference Center outside the library, click HERE.


TeenBookCloud is a curated database of e-books and other digital content for middle school to high school level readers.  TeenBookCloud features over 1000 titles, including student-favorite Graphic Novels, enhanced e-books with full audio narration and highlighted text, classic literature, national geographic videos, and more!

TumbleBook Library

TumbleBook Library is a curated database of children’s e-books, with over 1,100 titles for grades K-6. You can find unique animated, talking picture books, read-along chapter books, National Geographic videos, non-fiction books, playlists, and graphic novels, as well as books in Spanish and French.

newRequires Library Card provides on-demand tutoring, homework help, test preparation and writing assistance for students in grades K-Adult in over 60 subjects. No appointment is necessary! Tutors are available 2:00 pm - 9:00 pm. You can also use their drop-off reviews, practice quizzes, video lessons, and The Princeton Review® SAT®/ACT® Essentials for self-study, 24/7.

Value Line

Investment research on stocks, mutual funds, options and convertibles. Value Line is an investment management solution that enables both new and experienced investors to make timely, better-informed decisions using in-depth financial information.

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