Online Resources

Grand Forks Public offers several free online resources 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, and 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 your story.

Ancestry Library is now available from any home computer through April 30, 2020.

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.


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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, 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 database of thousands of articles, newspapers, magazines, research papers, videos, and more. Ideal for school projects, research papers, and 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!

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! 

LibGuide (New!)

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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.

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. We also feature step-by-step instructions to make sure there are no surprises on the day you go to the DOT.

Transparent Language Online

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Transparent Language Online is the most comprehensive, effective, and engaging way to learn over 120 languages, including ESL. This resource features a scientifically proven methodology, the widest variety of high-quality learning materials, and seamless integration of real-life language used by native speakers, all packaged together in an easy-to-use interface.

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.