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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.


EbscoHost provides FREE access for Muscatine residents to full-text magazine, newspaper, business, health, and school magazine databases, 24 hours a day from home or office. To access EbscoHost, you will be asked to enter the barcode number from your Musser Public Library card. This project was funded by a grant from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust.

To access EbscoHost please click here.

EbscoHost is now available on the mobile platform. To access EbscoHost on your smartphone/Internet enabled device, please click here.


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EbscoHost Espanol is the Spanish language version of our popular magazine and newspaper database.  Just type in your library card barcode number to access the database in Spanish!

To access EbscoHost please click here.


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.


Funk & Wagnalls New Encyclopedia database indexes over 25,000 records, covering an array of topics. Full text for each record may be easily accessed by double clicking on the topic from the display. The database contains various images, offers brief biographies as well as information in a variety of subject areas. This database is updated annually.

You can access the Funk & Wagnall Encyclopedia here and have your library card available.


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Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. These reference materials once were accessible only in the library, but now you can access them online from the library or remotely 24/7. Just have your library card ready when you click here!


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.


Mango is the fast, easy, and most effective way to learn to speak a foreign language!

Mango is an online language learning system that teaches real conversation skills for practical communication. Through fun and engaging interactive lessons, Mango makes learning a new language fast, easy and incredibly effective. The system is completely web-based and remotely accessible, so you can learn anywhere you have an internet connection. As you listen to and repeat after native speakers, you’ll learn more than just words and phrases. You’ll learn how those pieces can be rearranged and combined to make new thoughts, new conversations, and even more practical communication! In no time at all, you’ll be able to navigate all sorts of everyday situations — get directions, order a meal, make new friends — the possibilities are endless!

Mango is FREE at Musser Public Library library – learn more by visiting us online.


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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

TO START ENJOYING COMPLIMENTARY ACCESS USING LIBRARY COMPUTERS:

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

TO START ENJOYING COMPLIMENTARY WI-FI ACCESS:

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


referenceUSA is the premier source of business and residential information for reference and research.  Used by entrepreneurs, businesses, students, job-seekers or anyone wanting access to information on tens of millions of businesses and hundreds of millions of consumers in an easy to search format.  All you need is your library card number. ReferenceUSA is also available for free on your iPad through the Apple App Store.

For more help and information check out ReferenceUSA’s YouTube channel.


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.


Searchasaurus is the children’s version of EbscoHost.  The clickable graphics help children to find encyclopedia, magazine and newspaper articles of interest to them.  Just type in your library card barcode number to access this database!

To access EbscoHost please click here.


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.


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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.


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 represents 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.


Zinio Digital Magazines for Musser Public Library offers access to your favorite magazines for instant browser streaming and app-driven offline viewing. The library patron creates TWO (2) accounts for Zinio Digital Magazines for Libraries – one to access the library collection – and a second to view the magazines in a Zinio Viewer account.

The Zinio 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.



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