Available Services


WBPL is open, with a few considerations for the safety of our community. Here’s what we can do for you right now!

No-contact pick-up & Delivery

Just let us know what you’re looking for and we’ll get it to you. Contact us, use the chat box on the site, or reserve something online. For no-contact pickup, we’ll get everything together and get it ready to go for you in our Poplar St (parking lot) entrance. You’ll receive a regular notification when your reserves are ready to pick up, usually within a few hours or the next business day if you placed your request after closing.

Current pickup hours are 10:00 am – 8:00 pm, Monday-Friday and 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Saturday.

If you don’t feel comfortable coming in, we can deliver, too!

In-person Appointments

Appointments are now available for use of services inside the library! Your 15-minute appointment may be used to browse our collection and check out items, use a computer, or use our printer/copier/fax/scanner. Appointments are for one family (children must be at least 14 years old or accompanied by a parent or guardian), and masks must be worn at all times and must cover your nose and mouth. Librarians are happy to help you, but please maintain 6 feet of distance. You can book appointments from 12:00 pm to 7:30 pm on weekdays and 10:00 am to 2:00 pm Saturdays. Please contact the library in advance to set up your appointment!

If you expect to need a computer for longer than 15 minutes, our laptops are also available for use outside the library and in the parking lot for up to 2 hours. They need to remain on the library wifi and are not to be removed from library grounds. Library account required to check out laptops. Call ahead to make sure there’s a computer available before you come!

Information Databases

Access a wide range of reliable information sources on many different topics. Highlights include:

  • Chilton Auto Repair collection – repair your car, find manuals, or calculate costs
  • Gale Pages – Thousands of research topics and magazine articles
  • Books & Authors – what you should read next!
  • Transparent Languages – learn over 100 languages
  • Brainfuse – Career assistance, adult learning, and veterans affairs support
  • HelpNow – Homework help including live tutoring, writing lab, skill building, question service, and language lab

Access the databases for free when you log into our catalog at wbpl.org/catalog

Chromebooks

The library has 2 chromebooks which can circulate outside of the library. Chromebooks only run the Chrome internet browser and plugins for the browser. They are fast but require a WiFi internet connection. Contact us or reserve one in our catalog!

Ebooks & Audiobooks

Through bridges.overdrive.com, West Branch and Cedar County residents have access to over 40,000 electronic books, audiobooks, and magazines.

Visit https://wbpl.org/using-the-library/ebooksbridges/ for details.

Streaming Video

Check out Kanopy, new to the library in 2020. Kanopy includes many award winning movies and documentaries as well as many learning sets like the Great Courses videos. Kids videos include animated books of many great children’s books.

Internet Hotspots

If you don’t have an internet connection at home or are going to be away from home, the library has 3 hotspots available to check out and bring the internet with you wherever you go. Contact the library to reserve one. Internet service is dependent on cellular reception.

Questions and Help

Whether it is school work, researching genealogy, or any other information you might be curious about, ask at the library. Together, the library staff has over 40 years of combined experience in finding, accessing, and evaluating information for whatever your interest may be. Contact us through email, phone, or by chat.

Virtual Programs

We haven interactive storytimes, book clubs, and special events all available online. Check our calendar for upcoming events and keep an eye on our social media for announcements.

Virtual Meeting Space

A paid, unlimited Zoom account without having to pay. Just contact us to set up a meeting time for your use. Visit here for more details and to reserve.