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 their patrons. Some are provided at no cost to libraries while others use a cost share model. The goal is to give Iowa libraries the ability to provide high quality resources to their communities at an exceptional value.

Bold360 Chat

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


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


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

OCLC FirstSearch

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


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

Foundation Directory Online

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