Explore these online resources curated by librarians that you can access from home, with and without your library card.
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Support Kids Learning
There are a variety of online resources available to keep kids of all ages busy.
- Brainfuse – live online tutoring, skill builders, test prep, and a writing lab
- Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library – free monthly book delivery for Cedar Rapids kids ages 0-5
- Khan Academy – free online courses
- Tumblebooks – digital children’s books
- Reading Challenges – Read to complete these special online challenges
- Storytime Online: This award-winning children’s literacy website streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books.
Ebooks and Audiobooks
The Library offers a variety of free ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines.
- cloud library – cloud library brings you a seamless eBook experience. Start your book on one device and then resume on another.
- hoopla – Download and stream free videos, music, audiobooks, comics, and ebooks to your mobile device or computer. This is available for Cedar Rapids and Marion residents only.
- Overdrive – Overdrive allows you to borrow eBook and Audiobooks from us here at the Cedar Rapids Public Library – anywhere, anytime.
Streaming TV and Movies
- hoopla – Download and stream free videos, music, audiobooks, comics, and ebooks to your mobile device or computer. This service can only be used by Cedar Rapids and Marion residents.
- Kanopy – Watch over 30,000 documentaries, classic and indie films through this streaming service.
- LinkedIn Learning with Lynda.com – Have access to thousands of free online training videos and courses. Help with Photoshop, Excel, financial literacy, writing etc. There is a topic for everyone!
Adult Education Resources
- Digital Archives of the Cedar Rapids Public Library – Learn more about Cedar Rapids history by accessing these historical newspapers and telephone books.
- HarvardX – Free online courses from Harvard.
- JobNow – Access live job coaching, resume writing labs, and unemployment assistance.
- Linkedin Learning – (Previously Lynda.com) Have access to thousands of free online training videos and courses. Help with Photoshop, Excel, financial literacy, writing etc. There is a topic for everyone!
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Cedar Rapids Public Library Digital Archives
Learn more about Cedar Rapids history by accessing local historical newspapers and telephone books.