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Download ebooks, e-audiobooks, e-magazines, and other digital content anytime, anywhere using your Library card!

BRIDGES by OverDrive

bridgesmasthead*This service is available to Urbandale and rural Polk County residents only. 

The BRIDGES collection offers fiction and nonfiction titles for all ages. Ebooks and e-audiobooks will check out for 2 weeks (and can be returned early!). Titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period. This service, powered by OverDrive, is free with your library card.  You can find BRIDGES items on our catalog or search the BRIDGES website.  Need help? View our tutorial or visit the BRIDGES help page.

Libby is the preferred app by OverDrive. Questions about the difference between using the Libby app versus the OverDrive app? Check out this FAQ page.

Click here to download Libby

Click here to download OverDrive



*This service is available to Urbandale and rural Polk County residents only.

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hoopla allows customers to instantly borrow digital books, comics, audiobooks, music, movies and television — with no holds, and no waiting!  And there’s no need to worry about late fees; hoopla features an automated service that returns your item once your time is up.  Content can be streamed to computers, tablets or smartphones, and can be downloaded to mobile devices to allow for offline viewing any time. You can check out up to 6 items from hoopla each month.

Only interested in seeing content for kids and families?  hoopla offers a Kids Mode setting that simulates the experience kids might have in the children’s section of the Library.

View our tutorial for detailed instructions on how to get started, or, click here to go to hoopla now!


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*This service will no longer be available after September 9, 2020.

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Access full digital copies of your favorite magazines for free!  

  • Easily view magazines on your computer or mobile device
  • Unlimited access to almost 100 magazines
  • Ability to permanently store issues on your device

Click here to get started.

Note:  When first accessing this service, you will be asked to create an account with Recorded Books. Once you have selected a magazine, you will be asked to create a second account with this service. This is not the same account you created when first accessing the site but it is best to use the same email and password for both accounts.  Questions? View the FAQ page or call the library at 515-278-3945.