• Emily Rohlfs, Director

Library Closes through April, Highlights Gale Online subscriptions

Governor Kim Reynolds announced more closures in order to curb the spread of COVID-19, which included Iowa libraries. The Keokuk Public Library has extended its closure to April 30th.

While public places are asked to close their physical spaces, libraries continue to promote online services.

Did you know that you can search magazines, professional journals, and newspapers online? How about Chilton’s auto repair manuals?

All of these can be found on Gale research databases which is on many Iowa library websites. Gale is partially funded by the State Library of Iowa and KPL cardholders can login with their library card number.

Visit to find links like “Popular Magazines”, “News” and “Chilton Library. Use “PowerSearch” to search all Gale resources at once! Or click “Full List of Subjects” to browse by topic.

Those topics include: Academic OneFile, Agriculture, Books and Authors, Business Insights, Communications and Mass Media, Criminal Justice, Culinary Arts, Diversity Studies, Economics and Theory, Educator's Reference Complete, Entrepreneurship, Environmental Studies, Fine Arts, Gardening and Horticulture, Gender Studies, General OneFile, Health and Medicine, Health and Wellness, Home Improvement, Hospitality and Tourism, Information Science, Informe Academico, Insurance and Liability, Leadership and Management, Military and Intelligence, News, Nursing and Allied Health, Opposing Viewpoints, Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine, Pop Culture Studies, Psychology, Religion and Philosophy, Science, U.S. History, Vocations and Careers, War and Terrorism, and World History. Scroll down on the library’s databases page to find links to Kids InfoBits (K – 5) and InfoTrac Student Edition (Grades 6-12).

The library would like to remind Lee County residents (ages 6 and up) that they can sign up for an “Online Only” library card, which are set to expire in six months. Just fill out a simple online form ( Library staff will email you a card number and password, which will give you access to a number of online library subscriptions. Existing cardholders with large fines and overdue items, that were or are blocked from accessing library resources, are also encouraged to apply. This is a special card available to all Lee County citizens, created just for this National Emergency.

Questions about library accounts, passwords, and other reference questions can be sent to


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