Online Services


The Fort Dodge Public Library has several online services that are available to our patrons 24 hours a day. Contact The Fort Dodge Public Library Reference Desk in person, at 515-573-8167 x224, or by email with any questions.


**NEWEST ONLINE SERVICE**

Ancestry.com: Library Edition


This service can be accessed by using one of the 18 public computers in the library or our wireless network on your laptop.

This service it not currently available for use from home.






Great for genealogy research




Digital magazine checkouts

Click here for instructions





Bridges (formally NEIBORS) is an online library of eBooks and audiobooks. 

Click Here to learn more about using BRIDGES





OneClickdigital is a online library of audiobooks

available to check out and download.






Freegal. Free, legal music downloads from the Sony Music catalog.






Book Browse has book recommendations, read-a-likes,

reviews and many other great features.




Library Elf is a personal reminder service for library users.

Avoid overdues with email alerts.




Read the latest books in your email with our Online Book Clubs.

Receive daily book excerpts in your email!





All Iowa Reads selection for 2015 is "My Name is Mary Sutter" by Robin Oliveira.

All Iowa Reads was established in 2003 to foster a sense of

unity in Iowans through reading.





Online Resources and Databases

LearningExpress Library is an interactive online learning platform featuring over 770 practice tests, tutorials, and eBooks related to job search and workplace skills improvement, career certification and licensing exam preparation, college entrance and graduate school admissions exam preparation, GED exam preparation, and basic skills improvement in reading, writing, and math, for all ages. You'll get immediate scoring, complete answer explanations, and an individualized analysis of your results.
This service is available to Fort Dodge Public Library cardholders.

To access:

First Time Users
  • Click the link above to get to the LearningExpress Library mainpage
  • Click the Register button under the New Users section at the bottom of the page
  • Your username will be your library card number (No spaces or letters, if applicable)
  • Create a password, verify your password and then click the Register button. Your password must be a minimum of 6 characters long and should not include spaces.
Once signed in, you may choose one of the Learning Centers on the left to access the LearningExpress Library Resources.


Returning Users

  • Click the link above
  • Enter your username (library card number, no spaces or letters, if applicable) and password on the Returning User Login section at the bottom of the page
  • Click the Login button

Once signed in, you may choose one of the Learning Centers on the left to access the LearningExpress Library Resources.



Freegal is a downloadable music service now available to Fort Dodge Public Library cardholders.  Freegal gives you access to the Sony Music Entertainment catalog which offers hundreds of thousands of songs, over 100 genres of music and more than 50 record labels.  There is no software to download and you can access your account from any computer. Library users have a weekly download limit of 3 songs, this song count is reset every Monday.  The downloads on this site are in MP3 format with no digital rights managment issues to deal with.  This service will work with any MP3 player, including iPod, can be loaded into iTunes and will work with both PCs and Macs. 

To access Freegal go to http://www.freegalmusic.com/users/sdlogin Enter your entire Fort Dodge Public Library card number.  Your pin is the last four digits of your library card.  (Do not enter the A or B if applicable.)


The Global Road Warrior database features more than 8 million words of editorial content, over 6,500 color photos and 1,575 maps, all presented in a consistent 92-category framework for each country.  Topics include society and culture, travel essentials, business culture, communications and more.  Created by an international team of researchers, cartographers and writers, the database is continually updated.

To access just login at the bottom of the screen with your library card number.


Heritage Quest Online - http://persi.heritagequestonline.com/hqoweb/library/do/login/barcode?aid=7103Offers access to Federal Census records, PERSI, Revolutionary War Records, and Freedman's Bank (1865-1874).

You must have a Fort Dodge Public Library card to access this database.


OneClickdigital brings the library to you with its searchable database of over 3000 titles.  You can easily search the site by title, author, genre, even by narrator.  Once downloaded the audiobook can be played either on your computer or any portable mp3 player that supports wma (Windows Media Audio) and emp3 (Encrypted M-PEG Audio Level III) formats.   

You must have a Fort Dodge Public Library card to access this database.

To create a new account, click here

OneClickdigital also provides a great Help section which you can find by clicking here.  Along with tutorial videos, there is also a  helpful FAQ section which can help answer any questions you may have.



EBSCO Online Services
EBSCOHost via user ID and password - http://search.ebscohost.com/General information from newspapers, magazines, journals, encyclopedias, and reference books. Information is great for general use and for special school or work related projects. Many of the articles are full-text.

To access:
Contact the Library Reference Desk in person, at 515-573-8167 x 224, or email us for your free username and password


EBSCO Host Espanol - http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=ip,uid&profile=ehostesThe same information as EBSCOHost with instructions in Spanish.


NoveList Plus - http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=ip,uid&profile=novplusLiterary and biographical information on world authors. Book reviews, discussion questions for book clubs, additional titles by the author, and lists of similar titles are included.


Student Research Center - http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=ip,uid&profile=srcResearch information for middle and high schoolers. Research materials for all courses are available.


Kids Search - http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=ip,uid&profile=srck5Information for younger students. Information is grouped by categories so that it is easily searchable.


EBSCO Host for Children - http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=ip,uid&profile=sasInformation for primary and middle schoolers, including graphics.


Auto Repair Reference Center - http://search.ebscohost.com/Diagrams, schematics, and step-by-step instructions for the repair of all makes and models of automobiles from 1946 - 2005.


Small Engine Repair - http://search.ebscohost.com/Information needed to repair All Terrain Vehicles, Generators & Small Engines, Marine/Boat Motors, Motorcycles, Outdoor Power Equipment, Personal Water Craft, Snow Machines/Snow Mobiles and Tractors.


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