Online Resources

Grand Forks Public offers several free online resources to the community. These resources cover everything from learning a new language to taking practice exams for test prep, from genealogy research to earning professional continuing education credits. All you need is a library card, which you can request here.

Academic Search Complete

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Academic Search Complete is a comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 5,300 full-text journals and magazines and over 4,000 full-text peer-reviewed journals. In addition, this database offers indexing and abstracts for more than 9,300 journals and a total of 10,900 publications including monographs, reports, conference proceedings, and more.

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Ancestry Library

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Ancestry Library is accessible at the library. 

Ancestry Library Edition provides users access to billions of historical records, photos, and other documents pertinent to genealogical research and discovery. As the world’s largest online family history resource, Ancestry Library Edition hosts an unparalleled collection of church, court, census, vital, military, and immigration records from around the globe. Its intuitive user interface and adjustable search functions can make all the difference when it comes to finding ancestors with common surnames or ambiguous birth dates. Additionally, as a result of the widespread popularity of the commercial version of Ancestry, the service is regularly updated with new genealogical data.

Learn more about Ancestry Library in this video from the North Dakota State Library.

Audiobook Sync

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SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for teens 13+. Returning April 30 and continuing 13 weeks until July 29, SYNC gives participants two thematically paired audiobooks a week.

Britannica Collection

Access Britannica Academic Edition:  Britannica Academic is the combination of Encyclopedia Britannica, Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary & Thesaurus, magazines, periodicals, and other research tools that students need to consult when doing research.

Access Britannica Library:  Britannica Library is a resource for searching or browsing information in encyclopedias, magazines, videos, and websites. You can explore learning materials, atlases, timelines, and other features at different grade levels.

Access Britannica School:  Britannica School contains reliable information for K-12 students.


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Creativebug is an online collection of thousands of streaming art and crafts classes. With just your library card, enjoy unlimited access to online art and craft video classes, available anytime, anywhere. Creativebug has projects for all skill levels and a wide variety of topics including drawing/illustrating, ceramics, bookmaking, art journal, quilting, paper crafts, sewing, knitting, food, jewelry, and holiday crafts.

Digital Horizons

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Digital Horizons is a consortium of various cultural heritage institutions that provide, maintain, and preserve a wide range of historical content. Since its establishment, Digital Horizons has grown into one of the best online resources of the Northern Plains. 


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EBSCO contains documents and magazine articles that can be useful for research and report writing.


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Explora is a one-stop tool for reputable and reliable information on history, business, current events, and more. A database of thousands of articles, newspapers, magazines, research papers, videos, and more. Ideal for school projects, research papers, and theses.


Gale eBooks

Browse and search a collection of 25 reference titles from various publishers.

Gale in Context: High School (Student Resources in Context)

Reference, periodical, and multi-media content for high school and college.

Gale OneFile: Science (General Science Collection)

Learn about the latest developments in science and mathematics.


Access here is a free resume builder service for libraries and schools. We are committed to helping employees find stability and success in the job market, especially during these unstable and challenging times.


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Kanopy is an on-demand video streaming platform dedicated to thoughtful and thought-provoking films. Kanopy delivers a diverse collection of 30,000+ enriching films, available to stream anytime and anywhere—from desktop to TV to tablet. Fueling lifelong learning, the collection features films that bridge cultural boundaries, spark discussion, and expand worldviews. Additionally, Kanopy Kids features a collection of films and TV series that inspire and inform, helping children develop social-emotional skills and reinforcing valuable learning topics, such as history, science, and new languages.

Law Depot

Now available in Libby!

Law Depot is a fantastic new resource provided by Grand Forks Public which helps you complete a legal document in minutes for all kinds of situations. Are you thinking of mowing lawns for the summer? Renting out a residential home? Selling that car you aren’t using? Choose what you want to do, answer some questions, and Law Depot will provide you with a legal document with minimal fuss – for free! Not only is it simple, but the forms are also customizable and printable. Though it is not a substitute for professional legal advice, it is a great way to protect your interests on a budget and also includes lawyer-reviewed FAQs, legal definitions, and more. Librarians are happy to help if you have any questions!

Learn more about Law Depot in this video from the North Dakota State Library.

Learning Express

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EBSCO Learning Express Library® provides you with easy-to-use access to relevant interactive tutorials, ebooks, and test preparation to help improve academic skills in reading, writing, math, social studies, and science. Included are career-related information and test preparation for college admissions, professional career licensing and certification, high school equivalency and citizenship, and much more.

Libby, by Overdrive

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All you need is your library card to access thousands of ebooks and audiobooks, for adults and kids alike! 

Learn more about OverDrive and Libby in this video from the North Dakota State Library.


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Welcome to the newly curated LibGuide developed for teachers, students, and parents as you navigate the coming days during COVID-19. Resources include ideas for core learning as well as STEAM activities.

The New York Times

As a Grand Forks Public_ patron, you have access to everything The New York Times has to offer, including News, Games, Cooking, Wirecutter, and The Athletic. 

Get access to The New York Times, including the editions in Spanish and Chinese, onsite at the library by simply visiting and logging in or creating an account. 

Access The New York Times, as well as NYT Cooking, Games, Wirecutter, and The Athletic from anywhere with a 24-hour access code. Verify your library card to redeem your code.

North Dakota Driving Tests

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Whether you’re dodging snowdrifts in the winter or traveling the great plains in the summer, there’s simply no way to traverse the great state of North Dakota without a driver’s license. Your first step is going to be a DOT written exam for your learner’s permit or driver’s license, and luckily we have everything you need to pass that test the first time. With DOT practice tests for car drivers, motorcycle enthusiasts or commercial vehicles there are sample questions to suit your needs. We also feature step-by-step instructions to make sure there are no surprises on the day you go to the DOT.


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Not sure what book you should read next? Want a reading experience that’s similar to an old favorite? Try NoveList! This great resource has an easy-to-navigate webpage that showcases Read-A-Likes, author recommendations, and other book suggestions to help get you the book (or books) that fulfill your literary desires.

Points of View

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Points of View Reference Center presents the pros and cons of current issues.

Scholastic Learn at Home

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Virtual learning materials for supporting children’s continuous learning at home and for back-to-school plans.

STEAM Ahead @ Home

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Transparent Language

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Haye! Hello! Transparent Language is a language learning resource newly offered by Grand Forks Public. Using a scientifically proven methodology, this resource provides lessons for more than 120 languages - from Somali to Spanish to Dakota to Dutch - and also includes extensive lessons for English language learners, American Citizenship courses, and activities for children. Listen to native speakers, and practice reading, speaking, and writing, to become proficient in the language of your choice. Access Transparent Language online and on your mobile device by creating an account through

Learn more about Transparent Language in this video from the North Dakota State Library.

Universal Class

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With people spending more time at home, many are taking the opportunity to focus on self-development. Universal Class is a learning platform that offers over 500 courses on a wide variety of different subjects. From do-it-yourself to crafts and hobbies, there is a class for everyone. And the best part is Universal Class is free to access with a library card.

Learn more about Universal Class in this video from the North Dakota State Library.

U.S. Newsstream

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ProQuest’s U.S. Newsstream consists of many U.S. newspaper articles.

Wide Open School

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WorldCat is a database of books owned by libraries in the U.S. and other world countries.

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