Online Resources / Ebooks


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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! 

Ebooks and Audiobooks (Bridges)

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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 (Central Iowa MagNet)CentralIowaMagnet Opens in new window

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.

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. 

PowerSearch Opens in new window     Search all databases at the same time
GeneralOneFile Opens in new window     A wide collection of databases selected for use in public libraries
Academic_OneFile Opens in new window     Intended for research at the college level
KidsInfoBits Opens in new window     Intended for use by students in elementary school
ResearchInContext Opens in new window     Intended for use by students in middle school or high school
Informe Opens in new window     A collection of Spanish language research databases
ChiltonLibrary Opens in new window     Auto repair information for many, many makes and models

Transparent Languages

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

CredoCredo Opens in new window

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.

Ancestry Plus

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

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The library is happy to offer a database designed for all job seekers including specific resources to aid military veterans. Brainfuse has a wide variety of resources designed to assist in job searches including resume help and access to many job sites. Visit Brainfuse for more information!