Learning Resources

Learn, research and build skills through online tutorials & more.


Niche Academy offers video tutorials on select library online services as well as Facebook, Twitter and Good Reads!

Learn how to:
Use Bridges by OverDrive to check out eBooks and eAudiobooks
Check out digital magazine on Zinio
Utilize OneClickdigital for even more eAudiobooks
Use Book Browse for reading  recommendations
Explore your family history with Ancestry.com: Library Edition
Sign up and use Twitter & Facebook


LearningExpress Library features nearly 1,000 online tutorials, practice tests, and eBooks to help patrons of all ages. It offers job search and workplace skills improvement. Skill building in reading, writing, math, and basic science are available as well as career certification and licensure exam prep. There are college and grad school entrance test preps, GED test prep, and more.

This service is available to Fort Dodge Public Library cardholders.

To access:

First Time Users

  • Click the link above to get to the LearningExpress Library mainpage
  • Click the Register at the top right corner of the page
  • Follow the instructions to create an account.

Once signed in, you may choose one of the Learning Centers on the left to access the LearningExpress Library Resources.


The most comprehensive, effective, and engaging way to learn over 120 languages, including ESL


AtoZdatabases is the premier Reference, Research, Marketing, Mailing Lists/Sales Leads, and Job-Search Database. The database includes 30 million business & executive profiles, over 220 million residents with interests, hobbies and lifestyles information, over 7 million real-time job listings, 2 Million new businesses, over 12 million healthcare professionals, over 12 million new movers, 2 million new homeowners, and much more. The databases are ideal for sales leads, mailing lists, market research, employment opportunities, background searches, finding friends, relatives and a whole lot of other possibilities.


Please call the library for login information.

EBSCOhost databases available are:

Consumer Reports

Small Engine Repair Reference Center

NoveList Plus

Consumer Health Complete



Legal Information Reference Center

Gale provides a wealth of information from journals, newspapers, reference books, encyclopedias, and magazines. This information is good for general use and school or work related research projects. 

Included in Gale: 

Academic OneFile

Books Authors

Chilton Library

Culinary Arts Collection

Educator's Reference Complete

Fine Arts and Music Collection

Gender Studies Collection

General OneFile

General Science Collection

Infotrac Newsstand

Kids InfoBits

Research In Context

Vocations and Careers Collection

This resource is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by State Library of Iowa.