eBooks & Bridges


The WBPL provides ebooks through a consortium of most Iowa libraries called Bridges. Together, Iowa libraries provide access to about 90,000 electronic books, audiobooks, and magazines that you can read on your phone, tablet, ereader, or computer.

All residents within the city limits of West Branch and unincorporated parts of Cedar County are able to check out items from Bridges with their West Branch Public Library card.


Using Bridges

On most devices, your first step is to install an app to let you access and read books.  The app is called Libby by OverDrive and is available in your device’s app store.  On a computer, you can use access Bridges using a browser.

Once installed, you’ll need to log in using your patron ID/Barcode located on the back of your library card and your phone number as your password.

The app will walk you through the set-up process, but we understand that the initial steps can be confusing, and are more than happy to help new users get set up!  We’ve walked through the steps with many people in our community and would love to help you too (that’s what we’re here for!)

If you’d like help, you’re more than welcome to stop in at any time at the library, but to make sure it’s a good time (for example, not during a large summer program) it probably wouldn’t hurt to call or email ahead first.

To make sure we’re able to help you through the whole process, you’re going to need to bring a few things with you:

  • The device you want to read or listen on – phone, tablet, kindle, laptop
    • Note: bringing in your desktop computer probably isn’t feasible, so if you’re using a regular eReader (black and white screen) we can walk you through on our computers.
  • Login and Password to your device’s application store – Play Store if you’re using an Android phone or tablet, App Store if you’re using an iPhone or iPad
  • Amazon.com login and password if you’re using a Kindle

If you can’t make it to the library, check out our printable guide below: