SPECIAL NOTICE: The library will no longer subscribe to EBSCOhost database beginning July 1, 2017. We will replace this database with Gale Learning.

Access the many databases we subscribe to. Please note: Some databases are only available in the Waterloo Public Library building, and others will require your library card number for you to access at home.



Start researching your family history.


Access historical US military records
Click here to login to Fold3 from home.


Heritage Quest
Find information on people and places described in census records and historical books.

Newspaper Archives

Newspaper Archives
Use Newspaper Archive to search archived newspapers. The Waterloo Courier is available to search 1859 - 1978.


AtoZ Database

Find business & residential records 
(Must use library card number.)

Chilton's Auto Repair

hilton's Auto Repair
Find maintenance & repair information for your vehicle.


Consumer Reports (+ cars edition)


Gale* - your password is your library card number

Learning Express Library 3.0

LearningExpress Library
Find study guides, ebooks, and practice tests for high school courses,GED, HiSet, ACT & SAT exams, COMPASS, Certifications including CNA, Dental Assistant, ASVAB, PPST, PRAXIS II, NCLEX-RN, etc.

Novelist Plus

NoveList Plus*
Find a great selection of fiction in any genre.


Transparent Languages provides language training for any skill level.

Users need to create an account for use.

Waterloo Public Library

WPL Wiki 
Search for local history information about Waterloo, IA, and discover some odds and ends you didn't know as well.

Free Permit Practice Tests

Driving-Tests.org program contains the following Iowa specific tests:

  •  11 car practice tests
  •  9 motorcycle practice tests
  •  10 CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) practice tests
  •  3 online driver’s manuals (car, motorcycle, CDL)