Online Resources / Ebooks


We now have streaming video available at our library catalog. Click on this link Library Catalog to go to the catalog page. The link for Kanopy is located on the left hand side. Follow the instructions to set up an account.
You will need to know your library card number in order to access the Kanopy service. Patrons will be able to download classic movies and documentaries. Over 20,000 videos are available!

Online Ebooks and Audiobooks

The library has access to Ebooks and online audiobooks through the Bridges consortium. In addition to the materials provided through BRIDGES, more access has been purchased just for the Pleasant Hill library. Access is limited to Pleasant Hill residents and residents of rural Polk County. Contact your local library if you live in another community. 

Online Magazines

The library is part of consortium of Central Iowa libraries, Central Iowa MagNet, which has access to online magazines through Zinio. You will need an access code to complete the simple login process. Once you have your account, you can browse from seventy magazines to check out.

Contact the library to get the access code or other questions.
Do not use your library card number to set up the account. Please use the access code provided by the library.

Zinio Online Magazines for Libraries. 

Gale Databases

Included in the Gale collection of databases is a wide variety of journal and magazine articles. You will need to contact the library to get the password for use:
All Gale Databases                   Use this link to see what databases are available.            
Below are links to groups of popular databases. The first link, Power Search, allows you to search them all at the same time.
          Power Search                 Search all databases at the same time
          General One File            A wide collection of databases selected for use in public libraries
          Academic One File         Intended for research at the college level
          Kids Infobits                    Intended for use by students in elementary school
          Research in Context       Intended for use by students in middle school or high school

Informe Academico                   A collection of Spanish language research databases

Chilton's Auto Repair                Auto repair information for many, many makes and models

Transparent Languages

Try the Transparent Language resource the library just added. You can set up an account and start your learning adventure!
Transparent Languages


Credo is an easy-to-use tool for research, homework, and other reference needs. Gather background information on your topic from over one thousand full-text encyclopedias and subject handbooks, as well as 500,000+ images and audio files and over 1,000 videos.

Please contact the library for the user name and password to use Credo

Click on the link to access Credo Reference Works

Ancestry Library Edition

This great resource has many genealogy sources including census data, immigration and military and much more. This resource is available only on the library computers. Stop in and use this outstanding resource soon.


Learning Express

Need to improve your math or reading skills? Are you needing help on preparing for the ACT or SAT tests? Learning Express has the resources you need. This site also has study aids for a variety of professional examinations.

Visit Learning Express for more information!

You will need to create a user name and password of your own choice. Please contact the Library to obtain login info.