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Electronic Resources

Welcome to our Electronic Resources page! The following list enables access to several online resources that the library provides, free of charge, to our patrons. Most of the resources are available via remote access although some may only be accessed in the library. See each resource for more information.

Ancestry.com has the largest collection of genealogical data available online to help you find your ancestors. Users of  Ancestry.com can access over 2 billion names in more than 3,000 databases to help them extend their family trees.

Ancestry.com is only available within Musser Public Library on the public library computers. Simply click on the icon above or here to access Ancestry while in the library. Please check with the Reference Desk for more information.


AtoZdatabases is the premier Reference, Research, Marketing, Mailing Lists/Sales Leads, and Job-Search Database. The database includes 30 million business & executive profiles, over 220 million residents with interests, hobbies and lifestyles information, over 7 million real-time job listings, 2 Million new businesses, over 12 million healthcare professionals, over 12 million new movers, 2 million new homeowners, and much more. The databases are ideal for sales leads, mailing lists, market research, employment opportunities, background searches, finding friends, relatives and a whole lot of other possibilities.

To access AtoZdatabases click here and have your library card ready.


Books & Authors offers new ways to explore the endless possibilities and combinations of books, authors, genres, and topics. Click here or on the icon to access. The ideal convergence of science and serendipity, this online resource leverages the Internet’s unique capacity to create, build, communicate and sustain communities of readers.

Powered by Gale’s popular What Do I Read Next? series, Books & Authors combines both browse-able menus and visual search technology to guide readers from every level of reading proficiency to books that match their interests.

Discover local content from self-published authors, top indie eBooks and so much more. Never experience a hold, checkout or lending limit. Download the BiblioBoard Library app for your Apple, Android or Kindle device now, or visit library.biblioboard.com on any web browser.


Design your own books, newsletters, poetry, novels, and any other written content in digital and print-ready formats using Pressbooks. Start creating by logging in with your Biblioboard library username and password. Whether you have written your first book or are just getting started, you can write, edit and design digital and print copies of your book with ease using Pressbooks Public.


 Authors, submit your ebook to Self-e to have it showcased in the Indie Iowa and Indie Illinois Statewide Collection while retaining all rights to your work. Readers across the state can discover your work with the potential for national exposure.

Submit your book here!


IndieIllinois_AnthologyImage_300_300Click here to explore local author’s work in Illinois

IndieIowa_AnthologyImage_300_300Check out work from local authors from Iowa here


BrainHQ™ is an easy way to make brain health a priority. Library card holders can access a suite of online exercises designed to stretch your brain in new ways to help you think faster, focus better and remember more.

Think Faster, Focus Better, and Remember More

A recent AARP survey reports 9 in 10 people say brain health is important, but few know how to maintain it. BrainHQ™ is an easy way to make brain health a priority. Our brains are at their peak performance at age 27, but through continual learning and challenge we can help remodel our brains and function maximally, so we can lead the life we want.

BrainHQ is an online suite of 29 exercises with 895 levels of training organized around the 6 core cognitive areas of Attention, Brain Speed, Memory, People Skills, Intelligence and Navigation. Exercises are delivered in short 2 minute or less segments, adapting speed and delivery to your performance. A private, personal dashboard visualizes your performance and provides feedback and suggestions on areas of focus.

Get started by creating your private account with BrainHQ, and light up your brain. Training is available online, or by downloading an app to your iPhone or iPad. The Android app is under development.

This free resource is available to active library cardholders. Upon initial use, you will be required to set up an account with BrainHQ. Thereafter you may access BrainHQ exercises online from any desktop computer, laptop or tablet whether at the library, in your home, or any other location.


Deliver reliable automotive help online 24/7 through ChiltonLibrary, trusted by automotive enthusiasts and professionals for more than 100 years. Click here or on the icon to access.

This continually updated resource provides:

  • Step-by-step service and repair procedures
  • Wiring diagrams
  • Maintenance and specification tables
  • Troubleshooting guides and diagnostic trouble codes
  • Photos, illustrations, diagrams and multimedia (videos and animations)
  • ASE test prep

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.

Click here to access the free resource.

Freegal Music gives you access to millions of songs and more than 15,000 music videos from over 28,000 labels including the Sony Music catalog. That’s thousands of labels, tens of thousands of artists, and over 9.5 million songs. Each registered library patron can download 5 free songs per week to their computer (Mac or PC), their tablet or their smartphone. And they’re yours to keep. Forever! Users can also stream, for free, 3 hours of music every day with no ads. You can also download the Freegal Music app from the Apple App Store for your iOS device, & from the Google Play store for your Android device.

For more information please contact the library at 563-263-3065.


Gale Legal Forms

Create accurate, reliable legal documents with no hassle. Gale Legal Forms provides free access to editable, Iowa-specific legal forms and is updated on a regular basis.


Gale Pages is your link to all things Gale. Click here or on the icon to access. Gale provides multiple resources for patron research article searching, car repair, book recommendations and much more.

With HeritageQuest online you can find ancestors and relatives in the complete set of US Federal Census records from 1790-1920.  You can also find information on people and places described in over 25,000 family and local history books all online!

To access HeritageQuest please click here  and have your library barcode number ready.

Learning Express is a comprehensive, interactive online learning platform of practice tests and tutorial course series designed to help patrons—students and adult learners—succeed on the academic or licensing tests they must pass. You’ll get immediate scoring, complete answer explanations, and an individualized analysis of your results. Sign in and start on your path to success right now.


NewspaperARCHIVE is the world’s best resource for historical and genealogical information. Our unique archive spans more than 400 years of family history, small-town events, world news and more. Explore your family tree and discover your history at NewspaperARCHIVE, the world’s largest online newspaper archive.

To access this resource in the library click here.

To access this resource from a remote location click here.

Enjoy free, unlimited access to the world’s finest journalism on nytimes.com


1. Register or log in at www.nytimes.com/register
2. You can now enjoy unlimited access to NYTimes.com


1. Connect to our Wi-Fi here in the library (Network Name: Musser Library).
2. Register or log in at www.nytimes.com/register
3. You can now enjoy unlimited access to NYTimes.com

To access this resource from a remote location click here.*

*With remote access you are given a 3-day “token” or free-pass. Once the 3-day time period is up, you will need to visit this page again and click on the link directly above to get another 3-day token. The tokens are essentially unlimited. The easiest way to do this is to bookmark this page (http://www.musserpubliclibrary.org/enewspapers) and when you are blocked from viewing articles on the NYTimes site/app, visit this page and click on the remote access link.

NoveList Plus is a complete resource for fiction and nonfiction pleasure reading. NoveList Plus offers information on more than 200,000 titles, including over 50,000 nonfiction titles  — all available to you with just a click of your mouse or tap on your tablet. NoveList Plus offers a rich array of customized feature content such as Author Read-alikes, Book Discussion Guides, BookTalks, and Feature Articles by the top names in the industry. Hundreds of ready-made, hand-crafted reading lists on popular fiction and nonfiction genres provide additional support for those of you looking for your next great read.

In-Library & Home Access

Mobile Access

Sanborn fire insurance maps are the most frequently consulted maps in both public and academic libraries. Sanborn maps are valuable historical tools for urban specialists, social historians, architects, geographers, genealogists, local historians, planners, environmentalists and anyone who wants to learn about the history, growth, and development of American cities, towns, and neighborhoods. They are large-scale plans containing data that can be used to estimate the potential risk for urban structures. This includes information such as the outline of each building, the size, shape and construction materials, heights, and function of structures, location of windows and doors. The maps also give street names, street and sidewalk widths, property boundaries, building use, and house and block numbers. Seven or eight different editions represent some areas.

This language-learning resource offers instructional courses for over 100 languages. Begin to develop or build upon your listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in one or more foreign languages. Includes ESL (English as a Second Language) courses for over 26 languages.

Click here to access this free language learning resource.

TumbleBookLibrary is an online collection of TumbleBooks, animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they¹ll love. TumbleBooks are created by taking existing picture books, adding animation, sound, music and narration to produce an electronic picture book that you can read, or have read to you.

RBDigital Magazines for Musser Public Library offers access to your favorite magazines for instant browser streaming and app-driven offline viewing.

The RBDigital Viewer account also enables patron access to the free mobile and desktop apps for PC/MAC, iPad, iPhone, Android, Kindle Fire, & Blackberry Playbook. Other devices access the magazines checked out in the library collection account via browser streaming. There is no checkout period limit or volume limit.


RiverShare Digital Libraries is where you can browse thousands of downloadable eBooks & eAudiobooks! Check out and download best selling titles to your PC, then transfer to a portable device or burn many titles to CD to enjoy anytime, anywhere. You can also download titles on your smartphone or tablet by downloading the OverDrive Media Console App. For additional information visit our Digital Downloads FAQ.
To access RiverShare Digital Libraries downloadable eBooks & eAudiobooks please click here.


Need help finding your next favorite book? Discover books that match your interest with our new online service SelectReads. Find book lists and recommendations based on what you like.  Click here to get started.


 Musser Public Library Offers New Book Alert Service

Be the first to know what brand new titles have arrived in the library. Sign up for New Book Alerts and you’ll receive a weekly update on our new books, movies, DVDS, music, and more. View our new weekly updates on your computer, or in an email newsletter delivered to your mobile device. Your personal New Book Alerts includes book jackets, author information, book descriptions, and a link to our library’s catalog, so it’s easy to reserve a book.

To sign up for our New Book Alerts, click here


Author Check is a new way to connect and track your favorite authors. Receive email alerts when the library receives a new book by authors you’ve selected.  Author Check includes a full database of authors and their books, that the library owns, including author profiles. · In real-time see new materials being added to our library’s collection from your favorite authors. · Author Check is a way to search for your favorite authors by genre. If you love to read mysteries, find other mystery authors that the library owns. Click here to access Author Check.


EBook Alerts is a free online service that showcases the newest e-titles purchased by the library. If you see a new title that you are interested in, just click “check catalog” to place a hold on the item right away. With EBook Alerts, you can receive daily and weekly updates for titles as soon as they “hit the shelf.” Access EBook Alerts here

The Value Line Investment Survey (VLIS), a premiere investment tool, is now available anywhere you have access to the Internet inside and outside the library. Value Line covers 3,500 stocks over 100 industries which represent over 95% of the daily U.S. trading volume.

To view Value Line inside the library click here.

To view Value Line from a remote location such as your home please click here and have your library barcode available.


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