Teacher Resources

Teacher Resources

Explore resources and opportunities that support life-long learning for students or give us a call at 616.988.5400 to speak to a Youth Librarian. 

Classroom Connections

GRPL presents annual initiatives that can be easily incorporated into your class plans including One Book, One City for Kids and the Dyer-Ives Poetry Competition. Our Summer Reading Challenge keeps kids learning and nurtures skill development.


GRPS students can get connected to library resources with a student ID. If you don't have a GRPL card and are a GRPS student, you can use your student ID.

When you click on the link, just enter your library card number and password or the information on your student ID.

You may experience some problems connecting to online subscription databases due to the number of approved users at one time, due to server load, or down time of the provider. Should this occur, please try connecting later.

Visiting the Library

GRPL welcomes visits from classrooms throughout the year. Before you arrive, please call us 48 hours in advance of bringing your class to the library. This ensures we have enough staff available to meet your students' needs.

Due to time constraints, we cannot issue library cards during tours. If you would like your students to check out materials during their visit, please submit an online or paper library card application at least two weeks in advance.

To set up a tour with a Librarian, call 616.988.5400 or fill out the tour request form. In order to provide your group with the best experience, tour groups are limited to 30 people or fewer.

Databases for Kids

World Book Kids

Contains eight major subject categories. Also includes a section for teachers.

Explora for Middle Schools

Explora for Middle Schools provides unique, age-appropriate content for secondary schools.

Britannica Learning Zone

Pre K – 2nd grade -- Activity-centered learning to explore, play, read, and build technology skills.

Databases for Teens

Academic Search Complete

Coverage on a wide range of topics. Includes peer-reviewed full text for STEM research, as well as for the social sciences and humanities.

Vocational Studies Premier

Designed specifically for the research needs of two-year colleges. Scholarly content most relevant to vocational programs.

Psychology and Behavioral Health Collection

Covers a broad range of subjects in the fields of psychology, behavioral sciences and related disciplines.

After-School Events


  • To set up a tour, call 616.988.5400 or fill out the tour request form. In order to provide your group with the best experience, tour groups are limited to 30 people or less.

  • Classrooms are welcome to visit the library during open hours! If you’re planning a class visit, we encourage you to let our staff know in advance to avoid conflicts with scheduled tour groups. Let us know by contacting us here.

  • Register your students for a library card online or pick up an application for each member of your classroom from any GRPL location. Note that students will need to provide their parent or guardian’s identification and, in the case of a paper application, their signature. Students, caregivers, or educators can return completed applications to any GRPL location.

  • We do! There is a quiet study room available at most GRPL locations for distraction-free studying or work.
    Drop by any location or call to reserve a space for up to one hour. 

    You can also enjoy a Solo Space on the Lower Level of the Main Library. A Solo Space is the perfect spot to enjoy quiet work or study time, meet remotely with colleagues, or take a phone call. Solo Spaces can be reserved for up to 1 hour at a time and are first come, first served.

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