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eBooks & Audiobooks

Due to licensing restrictions, our BRIDGES service for downloadable eBooks & Audiobooks is now limited to residents of Marshalltown, rural Marshall County, and cities that contract with us for library services (Haverhill and Ferguson).

Starting this year, our system will automatically allow or deny access to BRIDGES based on our record of your current residence. We regret limiting our download service, but we must comply with our contract. Our other services are not impacted by this change.

If you are not eligible to use BRIDGES through the Marshalltown Public Library anymore, we encourage you to contact your town's library. If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know.

What if I work in Marshalltown and live elsewhere?

According to our contract, you are not eligible to log in to BRIDGES with your Marshalltown Public Library card. Contact your local library to see if they offer a similar service.

How do I know if I live in "rural Marshall County?"
This is tricky!

  • If you have a Marshalltown address but live outside of the city limits, you live in rural Marshall County.
  • If you live within the city limits of Albion, Gilman, Laurel, LeGrand, Melbourne, or State Center, you are not in rural Marshall County. Contact your local library to see if they are part of BRIDGES.
  • If you live in any other Marshall County town (such as Green Mountain or St. Anthony), you live in rural Marshall County.

    How can I find out if my town's library offers eBooks / audiobooks?
    Our library staff can help you check that library's website or you can give them a call.

    What can I do if my town's library doesn't offer eBooks?
    Encourage them to consider it!

    What should I do if I'm an eligible resident but it won't let me log into BRIDGES?
    We may need to update your library record. Bring something with your current address on it (an ID or a piece of mail) to the library's Check Out Desk.

    Why is this changing now?
    Our contract renewed on July 1, 2012 with these restrictions. We're committed to providing quality services to everyone who uses the Marshalltown Public Library, but this is one case where it is unfortunately outside of our control.


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