Online Resources

The Grand Forks Public Library offers several free databases to the community. These resources cover everything from learning a new language, taking practice exams for test prep and driving permits, to genealogy research and earning professional continuing education credits. All you need is a library card!

Ancestry Library

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A family tree takes you back generations, the world's largest collection of online records makes it possible. Powered by, Ancestry Library helps you understand your genealogy and learn amazing things about you!

Britannica Collection


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.


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


Britannica School contains reliable information for K-12 students.

Creative Bug

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Creativebug, an online collection of THOUSANDS of streaming art and crafts classes is now available at the GF Public Library! With just your library card, enjoy unlimited access to online art and craft video classes. Watch them in the library, at home or on your mobile device. Creative bug has projects for all skill levels and a wide variety of topics including drawing/illustrating, ceramics, book making, art journal, quilting, paper crafts, sewing, knitting, food, jewelry, and holiday crafts.


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

Law Depot

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Law Depot is the leading publisher of do-it-yourself legal documents and templates. Choose from hundreds of high-quality , easy-to-use, completely customizable documents including: power of attorney, promissory note, loan agreement, bill of sale, purchase agreement, commercial lease, and many more!

Learning Express

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EBSCO Learning Express Library® provides you with easy-to-use access to relevant interactive tutorials, e-books 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.

North Dakota Driving Tests

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Whether you’re dodging snow drifts 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. Want to drive a bus in Bismarck? We got you covered. Want to fire up a flatbed in Fargo? That’s something we can help you do. 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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Pronunciator is a fun and free way to learn any of 100 languages with personalized courses including study guides and audio lessons, video phrases, movies, music, and more. Pronunciator even has the flexibility of online learning from your desktop or mobile device.

Universal Class

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Learn something new with Universal Class! Offering over 500 CEU level courses covering 30 subject areas, including: computer training, business, career training, general education, and more. Courses feature lessons, assignments, and exams. Each with grading and feedback to track your progress.


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


Gale is comprised of several products, covering a wide variety of subject areas in magazines and periodicals, virtual reference and many other research tools.


Novelist is a great resource for finding information about fictional books, series, read-a-likes, discussion guides, reviews, and more.

Points of View Reference Center

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

Global Newsstream

ProQuest's Global Newsstream consists of many U.S. and world newspaper articles.

rb digital

RB Digital contains e-books and e-audiobooks.


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