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NOTE:  As of July 1, 2017, we are adding/changing several of our databases - please bear with us as we update this page.  Thank you.

NovelList - Help finding your next great read!  Information about authors, titles, series and tools to help you find read-a-like books.

Local History Resources
Local history resources available at the Library

Microfilm resources available at the Library

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 Genealogy Ancestry Library Edition  Ancestry Library covers the United States and the United Kingdom, including census, vital, church, court, and immigration records, as well as record collections from Canada and other areas.  NOTE: Due to our license agreement, Ancestry Library is ONLY available inside the library building at our internet stations or on your laptop via our wi-fi.  In-library
Heritage Quest  Heritage Quest Online provides you access to census records,f amily and local histories, genealogy articles and more!  Unlike Ancestry, Heritage Quest can also be searched from home using your Fort Madison Public Library card.  In-library

From Home
 Find a Book to Read  Novelist A tool to help readers find great books!  Whether you're looking for the next book in a series, more books by an author you love or a new author to read, Novelist can help you.  You can search by title, author, genre (mystery, sci-fi, romance, etc.) or series.  Includes both Fiction and Non-Fiction (you can limit your search to either or both).  This feature is included in the library catalog search under the Series & Suggestions tab found with search results. In-library

From Home 
 NEW Gale Books and Authors
Access your next great read via author search, title and series search, "if you like..." search, author, title and genre browse, awards search, geographical search, advanced search and more.
In-library

From Home
 Homework and College Help
Learning Express Library
 Do practice tests on a wide variety of subjects for elementary, middle and high school.  College placement practice tests including the SAT, ACT and grad school preparation.  AP test practice skills.  Create a free login which allows you to stop and start your tests at your convenience and keep a record of what you've done, and how you scored.
 In-library

From Home
 Language Learning
Transparent Language
COMING SOON.  A personal language-learning system that uses a combination of hearing, repeating, recognizing and typing words to learn a foreign language.
 In-library

From Home
Career Center
Learning Express library
Explore a variety of careers and take practice tests for technical schools and career advancement, including civil service, postal, real estate exams and more.  Create a free login which allows you to stop and start your tests at your convenience and keep a record of what you've done, and how you scored.
In-library

From Home