Getting Started
Basic steps for getting started with the Libby app

Borrowing, renewing, and returning eBooks

Listening to eAudiobooks

Troubleshooting tips and error solutions

These reliable, accurate information sources are free to use with your Sioux City Public Library card.

libbyicon eBooks and eAudiobooks (via Bridges consortium)
Browse and download eBook and eAudiobook titles to your computer, eReader, smartphone, or other device. Click here to view and download a printable Getting Started brochure for the Libby reading app.
Freegal music Freegal Music
Stream ad-free music and download up to 5 songs (in MP3 format) per week – yours to keep for your personal use. With Freegal you can listen to songs and full albums from thousands of artists or create personalized playlists of your favorite music. Click here to view and download a printable Getting Started brochure for the Freegal app.
Kanopyicon Kanopy
Enjoy critically acclaimed movies, inspiring documentaries, award-winning foreign films, classic cinema and more. Kanopy brings you more than 30,000 films, as well as educational and entertaining videos for kids. Full-access Sioux City Public Library cardholders may view up to 5 films a month. Watch on TVs, mobile phones, tablets, or online with the free Kanopy app for Apple, Android, and many other devices.
Search full-text magazine, newspaper, and journal articles covering current events, health, business, education, science, and more. Click here to view and download a printable Getting Started brochure for EBSCOhost.
Novelist Plus NoveList Plus
Discover fiction and nonfiction books and audiobooks for all ages; find read-alikes by title, author, subject, and plot elements; find books in series order, read reviews, find discussion guides, and more. Click here to view and download a printable Getting Started brochure for NoveList Plus.
Heritage Quest HeritageQuest
Find genealogical data from the U.S. Federal Census, Revolutionary War records, Freedman’s Bank Records, the U.S. Serial Set, the Periodical Source Index (PERSI) Archive, and more.
 HelpNowLogoStacked Brainfuse HelpNow
Access an all-in-one suite of tutoring services designed for a wide range of academic needs for elementary ages to college and beyond. Whether you’re tackling a tough math problem, mastering a new topic, studying for a test, or writing a paper, HelpNow provides expert academic tutoring and self-study tools to empower users to study at their own pace or collaborate with peers and teachers. Students of any age can access live, on-demand academic help and skill building lessons from experts.
 JobNowVetNowLogoStacked Brainfuse JobNow/VetNow
Access an all-in-one suite of services designed for a wide range of educational, career, and veteran needs. You can obtain live, on-demand assistance from expert Job Coaches or Veteran Navigators to assist you with writing a resume, preparing for a job interview, or navigating the VA system. JobNow/VetNow offers practice tests for all levels in math, reading, and writing as well as preparatory tests – including the GED, HiSET, ACT, SAT, and USCIS citizenship test.
legalformslogo Iowa Legal Forms
Printable, professionally drafted legal documents addressing bankruptcy, bills of sale, contracts, divorce, landlord/tenant issues, living wills and power of attorney, taxes, and estate directives; includes law summaries, a glossary of legal terms, tax forms, and an attorney directory.
AutoRepairSourcethumb Auto Repair Source
Repair and maintenance procedures on thousands of domestic and imported cars and trucks from 1974 to the present. Includes step-by-step repair information, diagrams, maintenance schedules, parts and labor estimates, service bulletins, and recalls. Click here to view and download a printable Getting Started brochure for Auto Repair Source.
enginerepair Small Engine Repair Reference Center
Fix mowers, snowmobiles, motorcycles, boats, ATVs, chainsaws, and more. Procedures for routine maintenance (tune-ups, brake service) as well as extensive repairs (engine and transmission disassembly) are available in full-text PDF documents.
homeimprovement Home Improvement Reference Center
Tackle all kinds of home improvement and repair projects with full-text articles from leading home improvement magazines, images not found anywhere else online, and videos of popular home repair projects. Includes detailed how-to information on topics such as electrical, plumbing, wood projects, outdoor improvements, gardening, and home decorating.
hobbiescrafts Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center
Be creative with content from leading craft/hobby magazines and books. Including over 700 videos, this database gives detailed how-to information on topics such as knitting, quilting, beading, model building, scrapbooking, and kids’ crafts.
AtoZicon AtoZdatabases
Telephone and address directory with listings for 30 million businesses and 220 million residents and a powerful marketing tool for sales leads, creating mailing lists, and performing market research. Also includes a job search tool powered by, interview preparation materials, and guidance for writing cover letters and resumes.
WeissRatingsIcon2022 Weiss Financial Ratings
Explore financial education guides as well as independent and unbiased ratings for insurance and banking institutions. Users can also take advantage of tools to compare and decide between supplemental Medicare insurance plans, banks, credit unions, and insurance companies.
Value Line Value Line
Investment data, tools, analysis, rankings, and ratings on companies, stocks, mutual funds and more.
transparent-language Transparent Language Online
Immersive and in-depth language learning for over 100 languages. Transparent offers a wide variety of formats and activities to help learners speak, read, and write new languages. It is also perfect for learning and mastering the English language with ESL materials in 25+ languages.
newspapers Sioux City Journal (1864 – 1922) via
Featuring over 230 Iowa newspapers, this digitized collection includes the Sioux City Journal from the years 1864 to 1922 with the option to view, print, save and share your search results.
scjicon Sioux City Journal (1996 – Today) via NewsBank
Full-text access to the Sioux City Journal electronic edition.
Date range: February 1, 1996 – Today.
ICC_Vert_RGB_WEB_70px International Code Council (ICC) Building Standards and Codes
The International Code Council(ICC) provides free online public viewing of their recent standards and building codes. The public access mode only allows viewing the documents and does not allow downloading, bookmarking, copying, or printing. Users can browse by category or by selecting a specific state. Once a category is selected, users can click on any of the book cover icons among the available choices to see the text in the documents. Click here to view the free version of the latest International Building Codes. Find the Sioux City Municipal Code here. Be sure to check with your local city, county, or state for the specific standards and codes used in your area.
fdlpicon Catalog of U.S Government Publications
The finding tool for federal publications that includes descriptive information for historical and current publications as well as direct links to the full document, when available. Users can search by authoring agency, title, subject, and general keywords, or click on “Advanced Search” for more options.
Medline Plus MedlinePlus
Up-to-date health news and information on diseases, conditions, wellness issues, and prescription and nonprescription drugs provided by the National Library of Medicine, the National Institutes of Health, and other sources. Includes a medical dictionary and medical encyclopedia.
Global Road Warrior Global Road Warrior
Learn all about the world around you with the most extensive country-by-country resource for culture, customs, history, and language. This mobile-friendly database consists of 174 country guides that each cover over 100 topics.
AtoZ the USA AtoZ the USA
Bring the diversity and history of the United States to life in this beautifully illustrated resource that contains more than 115 country-specific articles and 115 state articles for each of the 50 US states, five US territories, and the District of Columbia. AtoZ the USA includes unmatched coverage of the United States’s people, history, economy, geography, symbols, culture, and society.
AtoZ World Culture AtoZ World Culture
Satisfy your curiosity about the world with information on world history, cultures, languages, foods, religions, and much more. With 174 country culture guides covering more than 60 topics each, AtoZ World Culture offers deep and varied content that is unmatched by any other single resource.
Collection Development Tools
Visit the Aalfs Downtown Library to access these additional databases:
Ancestry Library Edition Ancestry Library Edition
Genealogy database with access to U.S. Federal Census records, passenger lists, birth, death, marriage and military records and more.
foundation_logo Foundation Directory Online
Fully-indexed database containing current and comprehensive information about U.S. grantmakers. Sioux City Public Library is a cooperating collection of the Foundation Center.