Research

Let our smart staff help you find it.

We love a good challenge. Use our searching skills to help find whatever you are looking for – how to write a resumé, cut hair, find money for college, learn to knit, start a restaurant, fix a carburetor, design a kitchen, brew beer, research Morton’s neuroma, or copyright your song. Visit any of our 8 locations or call a Reference Librarian at 616.988.5400 to get smarter right now.

Go Beyond Google.

We have scores of Research databases full of information you can’t get on the Internet. Your Grand Rapids Public Library card gives you access to things like the 15 million company profiles of Reference USA, the genealogical treasury of Ancestry.com, the articles of 1,500 magazines dating back 25 years and heaps more great stuff.

Government Documents

The Grand Rapids Public Library has been a Federal Depository Library since 1876. We have a large collection of current and historical government documents in paper, microfiche, and online. For help with locating government material, visit our reference desk or call the Main Library. You can find out more about federal government agencies and services at USA.gov or by calling 1.800.FED.INFO.

Grand Rapids History & Special Collections

We have the history of Grand Rapids is one easy-to-use place. Browse our photo archives, research your family history, and see what we have in our extensive furniture collection.

GRPLpedia

Browse our wiki to discover new books to read or research an important topic.

GRPS Connect

We’ve hand-picked research databases that will be especially helpful for Grand Rapids Public School K-12 students.