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Electronic Books, Audiobooks, Magazines & Newspapers

Bridges Downloadable E-books & Audiobooks

Download E-books and Audiobooks to your reader, MP3 device, or computer FOR FREE from the library's Bridges collection (through Overdrive).  Follow the helpful step-by-step instructions at the website to get started, or do a quick search in the search bar on the left.

Thousands of titles to choose from!

Paid for by Washington County Public Library Association

Zinio Web BannerZinio e-Magazines
"The World's Largest Newsstand," Zinio is the ultimate app for magazine lovers, with digital magazines for iPad, iPhone, Android, Mac & PC. Magazines, including back-issues, are received through the library's subscriptions, with new issues downloading automatically. Zinio is accessible in 33 languages!

[Register twice - once with Recorded Books and then again with Zinio]

Paid for by Washington County Public Library Association

Image for TumbleBook LibraryTumblebooks E-books for Children

View it right from your computer or device, and help your young child enter the fascinating world of books at an early age!

Biblioteca TumbleBook en Español!

 An Early Childhood Literacy database with interactive e-books for children!

Paid for by Enrich Iowa Direct State Aid

EBSCOhostEBSCOhost Magazine & Newspaper Articles

Provides full text copies of articles from thousands of popular magazines, newspapers and trade journals.  Great for research, homework, or general interest!

También incluye EBSCOhost en Español!

[Contact the Library for User Name & Password
or use your library barcode]

Paid for by Enrich Iowa Direct State Aid

Washington Evening Journal Online

Keyword searching is available for articles from 1999.  Access The Journal from any library computer or from our wireless network.  If you are looking for an article from before 1999, there is microfilm available in the Genealogy section.

[Available only at the Library]

Paid for by Washington Evening Journal

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The secret to finding great books...

NoveList Plus
NoveList Plus is the premiere database of reading recommendations. It is a comprehensive source of
information about books that includes expert recommendations, reviews, articles, lists and more.

[Contact the Library for User Name & Password, or use your library barcode]

Paid for by Washington County Public Library Association

Local Authors

Washington Authors Collection

Free e-books and digital content written by area authors.
Please submit works to the Library Director for inclusion.

​[No Log-in Necessary]

Genealogy & Local History

Ancestry Library Edition

Perhaps the premier online resource for genealogical research. Access to million of records from US and other country's censuses, birth, death and marriage records, immigration and military records as well as historic newspaper collections.

[Available only at the Library]

Paid for by Enrich Iowa Direct State Aid

Heritage Quest 1Heritage Quest Online

HeritageQuest Online is another great genealogical resource providing access to US Census records from 1790-1930, selected Revolutionary War records, records of the Freedman's Bank, and over 28,000 family and local histories.

Find your family today!

Paid for by Enrich Iowa Direct State Aid

Downtown Historic Research logoDowntown Historic Research

A compilation of information about the downtown Washington area organized by building address.
[No login necessary]

Learn more about our historic downtown!

Paid for by a grant from HRDP
and funding from City of Washington

Learning & Skill Building

Byki Online bannerTransparent Language Online

A full-featured program to help you learn a new language from travel help all the way to an intermediate level! Includes an extensive list of languages as well as English for foreign-language speakers.

[Follow the image link and create your own personalized account]

Learning Express Library
LearningExpress Library

LearningExpress Library is an interactive online learning platform featuring over 770 practice tests, tutorials, and eBooks related to job search and workplace skills improvement, career certification and licensing exam preparation, college entrance and graduate school admissions exam preparation, GED exam preparation, and basic skills improvement in reading, writing, and math, for all ages. You'll get immediate scoring, complete answer explanations, and an individualized analysis of your results.

[Follow the image link and create your own personalized account]

Paid for by Iowa Library Services
and Iowa Workforce Development


The award-winning curriculum is designed to help young children (ages 2-6+) build a strong foundation for future academic success. is 100% educational, with 3,500+ learning activities across all major subject areas—reading, math, science, social studies, art, and music. Best of all, kids love it. And it’s free to use in this library!

[Available only at the Library]