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Gale offers wide variety of electronic resources: Chilton Library (Auto Repair), Educator's Reference Complete, Popular Magainzes, Health & Wellness, Culinary Arts Collection (recipes), Books & Authors (reviews & recommendations), journal articles for your research papers, and many more, including resources in Spanish. 


Credo is an easy-to-use tool for research, homework, and other reference needs. Gather background information on your topic from over one thousand full-text encyclopedias and subject handbooks, as well as 500,000+ images and audio files and over 1,000 videos.


Worldcat logo

WorldCat: Search thousands of other libraries for what you want. WorldCat will tell you if an item is available at a library near you. 


Center for the Book

Iowa Center for the Book

Iowa Center for the Book offers a variety of programs and resources to stimulate public interest inbooks, reading, literacy and libraries.


Iowa Locator 

Iowa Locator: search for items in other Iowa libraries

State Data Center of Iowa

Iowa Census

The State Data Center of Iowa is your source for population, housing, business and government statistics about Iowa, including data from the U.S. Census Bureau, Iowa state agencies, and other state and federal sources.


Health Info Iowa

HealthInfoIowa is a quality-filtered website sponsored by the State Library of Iowa. It is agateway to a wide range of health resources available on the World Wide Web. You can use it to: 

  • Locate printed information from national, state, regional, and local resources 
  • Connect with people—agencies, organizations, and services in Iowa that can help meet your health information needs.

Iowa Heritage Digital Collections

Iowa Digital Heritage

An online repository of Iowa history and culture created by bringing together in digital form documents, images, maps, finding aids, interpretive and educational materials, and other media from collections held by a wide range of organizations throughout Iowa.

State Library of Iowa

Iowa Publications Online

This website is an electronic depository for documents intended for the general public produced by Iowa state agencies. 

This service allows Iowans and others to access electronic state documents at

Local Municipal Sites

These local sites keep the community up-to-date on what is happening in and around Rock Valley.

Local Magazines & Other Periodicals

local periodicals

This list offers seventy periodicals that are available for checkout, except for the most current issue. We carry the last 2 years of each, with some going 5 years back.

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.