The World Bank announced on April 20 that "it will offer free access to more than 2,000 financial, business, health, economic and human development statistics that had mostly been available only to paying subscribers." Some 330 indicators are available for up to 209 countries. Some of the data go back 50 years. The statistics are available through a new web site.
If you need to request the use of a wheelchair while in the library, there is a wheelchair located at the Circulation Desk, to the left of the main entrance. The Access Services staff on duty will make arrangements for use and provide assistance as needed.
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Rod Library has canceled its subscriptions to the Testing & Education Reference Center, Wilson Art Abstracts, and Wilson Applied Science & Technology Full Text databases, and will lose access to them by mid April. Many of the test preparation materials available through Testing & Education Reference Center are available in other formats in the Library collection. Wilson Art Abstracts is being replaced with Wilson Art Full Text, which not only indexes over 500 periodicals but also provides access to the full text of nearly 200 journals, w
As of March 31st, NewsBank's America's Newspapers and Access World News will no longer be available. In 2009, NewsBank lost the rights to provide access to Gannett publications, including the Des Moines Register, which had been accessible through America's Newspapers. The Library has redirected funds to making the Register available on the ProQuest platform. It appears on the Databases A - Z list as Des Moines Register. Other databases with varied national and international news content to which the Library subscribes include Ethnic Newswatch, LexisNexis Academic, Ne
The Art & Music Collection, located on the 4th floor of the library, is now equipped with a Blu-Ray DVD player and a 42-inch LCD flat panel television that is high-definition capable. The library also has a growing collection of high-definition movies and movies that have been remastered in high definition including operas, foreign films such as Chunking Express and Before the Rain, and Hollywood blockbusters like Terminator 2: Judgment Day.