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.


Library Edition (In-library use only)

Search over 13 billion historical records to explore your family's roots and connect to the past.


(Must use library card number.) AtoZdatabases is the premier reference and marketing database. This simple, user-friendly, web-based solution provides details on every business and every household within the U.S.


Consumer Reports (+ cars edition)
(Use this link for in-library access through EBSCOHost.)

Access information about product reports including cars, TVs and more

Click here to login to Consumer Reports 
through EBSCOhost from home.


(Use this link for in-library access) a web-based information resource including full-text magazine and newspaper articles, and reference tools

Click here to login to EBSCOhost from home.


EBSCOHost Español
Use this link for in-library access


Fold3 provides convenient access to US military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served.

Click here to login to Fold3 from home.


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

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.

Newspaper Archives

Newspaper Archives
Library Edition. (In-library use only)

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

WPL Wiki

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

Novelist Plus

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

Click here to login to NoveList Plus through EBSCOhost from home.

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)

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