Official State of Iowa Website

Online Resources & Tools for Libraries

The State Library provides Iowa libraries access to a variety of online resources and tools to enhance information access for patrons and support the important work libraries do. Some are provided at no cost to libraries while others use a cost share model or provide discounts for libraries. The goal is to give Iowa libraries high quality resources at an exceptional value.

Click the buttons below to find out more about each resource and how obtain library access.

Baker & Taylor Discounts

A state of Iowa master agreement gives libraries discounts on library materials and processing.

Iowa Library Directory

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Online database of Iowa library information. Libraries can login to update and maintain their information.

OCLC Out of State ILL Requests

Submit requests and report when items are received, returned, or renewed.

Brainfuse HelpNow, JobNow, and VetNow

Resources for homework help and tutoring, career services, veteran support, and more.

Library Talk

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LibraryTalk is an online forum maintained by the State Library for the Iowa library community.


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WhoFi offers variety of library management tools for Iowa public libraries.


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The Bridges eLibrary offers ebooks, audiobooks, and streaming video for Iowa libraries.

OCLC CatExpress Consortium

Fast and easy copy cataloging solution designed to obtain full MARC records.

State of Iowa Libraries Online (SILO)

Offers resource sharing services including a statewide union catalog, ILL system, website/email hosting, and more.

Foundation Directory

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Foundation Directory is a research tool to help libraries and nonprofits find grant opportunities.

OCLC FirstSearch

Information resource which includes the full text of magazines, newspapers and reference tools.