Online Resources and 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

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

Foundation Directory Online

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

State of Iowa Libraries Online (SILO)

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

Bold360 Chat

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Bold360 deploys a button on a library's website to allow patrons to chat with librarians.

Iowa Library Directory

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

WhoFi

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WhoFi offers a wi-fi usage counter and program tracking tool for Iowa public libraries.

Brainfuse HelpNow, JobNow, and VetNow

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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.

Bridges

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

OCLC FirstSearch

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