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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

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"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


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Full list of available Gale databases

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A general database for all of your needs

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For Middle Schoolers doing research

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Colección de estudio en español

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Includes alternative medicine

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Search across all of your Gale databases

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A general database for kids in K-5th grade

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For high school students doing research

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Current & historic world newspapers

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Find your next favorite author!

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


Local Authors

Washington Authors Collection

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

​[No Log-in Necessary]

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E-books that help your young child enter the wonderful world of books!

Biblioteca TumbleBook en Español!

 Interactive e-books for children!

Paid by Enrich Iowa Direct State Aid


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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

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CREDO reference

Remember those shelves full of heavy reference books we used to keep to help with early research? This = them

Genealogy & Local History

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Southeast Iowa Digital Archive

An open digital newspaper archive for all of Washington County and surrounding areas.

[Open to all - no login necessary]

Paid for by the Washington County Riverboat Foundation, Brinton Educational Trust and all 13 communities whose newspapers were digitized.

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

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Information about each property in the Downtown Historic District and West Side Residential Historic District, organized by address.

[No login necessary]

Learn more about our historic downtown & residences!

Paid for by a Historic Resources Development Grant and funding from the City of Washington

Learning & Skill Building


Chilton Repair Manuals

Find step-by-step auto repair instructions, maintenance schedules, recalls, diagrams and more. Search by specific year, make and model.

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Get access to all Iowa driving tests for free without a card!

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Transparent Language Online

With 100+ Languages (and Growing!), a flexible learning path, extensive English collection for English learners, optimization for touchscreen, downloadable audio files, and typing and speaking practice, it's no wonder Transparent Language is the most complete language-learning system for libraries!

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


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]

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

This resource is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by State Library of Iowa.