• Emily Rohlfs, Director

Library Highlights Online Genealogy and Local History Resources

While the Keokuk Public Library is closed to readers and researchers, genealogy and local history buffs are encouraged to check out for links to free online resources and digitized collections.

The library also subscribes to Library Edition and Fold 3 military records databases. Ancestry’s Library Edition was restricted to library computers and library wi-fi, but after COVID-19 they have responded with temporary remote access to library customers. For a limited time, Lee County, Iowa residents can login to Ancestry from home with a link and a password. Fold3 requires a library card number or an Online Only account number. Those that sign up for Online Only accounts will be automatically sent links and passwords for all online resources; existing cardholders can contact via email for the login information.

The library would like to remind Keokuk and Lee County residents (ages 6 and up) that they can sign up for an “Online Only” library card, which are (so far) set to expire in six months. Fill out a simple form ( and 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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