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 tablet, ereader, computer, or smartphone and listen to on your mp3 player, computer, or smartphone.

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

To use Bridges, 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.

From there, what you’re wanting to do and what device you’re using determines how you would go about using the service.  There are already a set of guides available to help you learn how to use Bridges.  However, we know that the initial steps can be confusing so are more than happy to help new users check out their first items at the library.  We’ve walked through the steps with many people in our community and would like 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 (as 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 – iPad, kindle, phone, laptop
    • Note, bringing in your desktop computer probably isn’t possible, so if you’re using a regular eReader (black and white screen) we’ll walk you through on our computers.
  • Your email account
  • Amazon.com login and password if you’re using a Kindle
  • Login and Password to your device’s application store – Google Play if you’re using an Android phone or tablet, iTunes Store if you’re using an iPad or iPhone

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