Bridges connects Perry Library to state’s ebook, audio book collections

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The new Perry Public Library opened in 1994.

The Perry Public Library is now linked into Bridges, a new statewide database of ebooks and audio books. The collection went online Friday, according to Jill Cook, Perry Public Library media librarian.

The former library consortiums for western and eastern Iowa have combined into one statewide eLibrary, Cook said. Library cardholders across Iowa may access the free eLibrary content directly from their computers or link from their local libraries’ websites, such as the Perry Public Library.

Cook said if library users were already accessing the former consortium websites, their account information has been transferred to Bridges, and they may continue accessing digital content as before.

Bridges users have access to more than 16,500 ebooks and 7,500 audio books, Cook said.

A free app called Overdrive lets users access Bridges through any PC, Mac or mobile device. The Perry Public Library has access to “Bridges: Overdrive Listen,” “Overdrive Read” and “Overdrive Streaming Video,” which enable users to open and enjoy titles right in their browsers.

For more information or for help getting started, look for the “help” link on the Bridges website, or call the Perry Public Library at 515-465-3569.

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