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These reliable, accurate information sources are free to use with your Sioux City Public Library card.

OverDrive ebooks and audiobooks OverDrive (via Bridges consortium)
Browse and download eBook and eAudiobook titles to your computer, eReader, smartphone, or other device.
Freegal music Freegal Music
Stream three hours of ad-free music everyday and download up to 5 songs (in MP3 format) per week. With Freegal, listen to songs and full albums from thousands of artists or create personalized playlists of your favorite music.
Search full-text magazine, newspaper, and journal articles covering current events, health, business, education, science, and more.
For the mobile site, click here.
Novelist Plus NoveList
Discover fiction and nonfiction books and audiobooks for all ages; find read-alikes by title, author, subject, and plot elements; find books in series order, read reviews, find discussion guides, and more.
Heritage Quest HeritageQuest
Find genealogical data from the U.S. Federal Census, Revolutionary War records, Freedman’s Bank Records, the U.S. Serial Set, the Periodical Source Index (PERSI) Archive, and more.
brainfuseicon2 Brainfuse JobNow/VetNow
Access an all-in-one suite of services designed for a wide range of educational, career, and veteran needs. You can obtain live, on-demand assistance from expert Job Coaches or Veteran Navigators to assist you with writing a resume, preparing for a job interview, or navigating the VA system. Brainfuse offers practice tests for all levels in math, reading, and writing as well as preparatory tests – including the GED, HiSET, ACT, SAT, and USCIS citizenship test.
opposingviewpointsthumb Opposing Viewpoints in Context
Covering today’s hottest social issues, from capital punishment to immigration to marijuana, this cross-curricular research database supports science, social studies, current events, and language arts classes. Informed, differing views help learners develop critical-thinking skills and draw their own conclusions. Specific titles include The New York Times, Newsweek, Foreign Policy, American Scientist, and Education Week.
AutoRepairSourcethumb Auto Repair Source
Repair and maintenance procedures on thousands of domestic and imported cars and trucks from 1974 to the present. Includes step-by-step repair information, diagrams, maintenance schedules, parts and labor estimates, service bulletins, and recalls.
enginerepair Small Engine Repair Reference Center
Fix mowers, snowmobiles, motorcycles, boats, ATVs, chainsaws, and more. Procedures for routine maintenance (tune-ups, brake service) as well as extensive repairs (engine and transmission disassembly) are available in full-text PDF documents.
homeimprovement Home Improvement Reference Center
Tackle all kinds of home improvement and repair projects with full-text articles from leading home improvement magazines, images not found anywhere else online, and videos of popular home repair projects. Includes detailed how-to information on topics such as electrical, plumbing, wood projects, outdoor improvements, gardening, and home decorating.
hobbiescrafts Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center
Be creative with content from leading craft/hobby magazines and books. Including over 700 videos, this database gives detailed how-to information on topics such as knitting, quilting, beading, model building, scrapbooking, and kids’ crafts.
ReferenceUSA ReferenceUSA
Phone book and directory information for millions of North American residents and businesses.
Value Line Value Line
Investment data, tools, analysis, rankings, and ratings on companies, stocks, mutual funds and more.
transparent-language Transparent Language Online
Immersive and in-depth language learning for over 100 languages. Transparent offers a wide variety of formats and activities to help learners speak, read, and write new languages. It is also perfect for learning and mastering the English language with ESL materials in 25+ languages.
newspapers Sioux City Journal (1864 – 1922)
Featuring over 230 Iowa newspapers, this digitized collection includes the Sioux City Journal from the years 1864 to 1922 with the option to view, print, save and share your search results.
fdlpicon Catalog of U.S Government Publications
The finding tool for federal publications that includes descriptive information for historical and current publications as well as direct links to the full document, when available. Users can search by authoring agency, title, subject, and general keywords, or click on “Advanced Search” for more options.
Medline Plus MedlinePlus
Up-to-date health news and information on diseases, conditions, wellness issues, and prescription and nonprescription drugs provided by the National Library of Medicine, the National Institutes of Health, and other sources. Includes a medical dictionary and medical encyclopedia.
Collection Development Tools
Visit the Aalfs Downtown Library to access these additional databases:
Ancestry Library Edition Ancestry Library Edition
Genealogy database with access to U.S. Federal Census records, passenger lists, birth, death, marriage and military records and more.
foundation_logo Foundation Directory Online
Fully-indexed database containing current and comprehensive information about U.S. grantmakers. Sioux City Public Library is a cooperating collection of the Foundation Center.