Stream & Download

Download and stream for free using your Ames Public Library card!

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Bridges

Browse, borrow, and enjoy e-audiobooks, e-books, and videos on your computer or tablet. 

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Hoopla

Download e-audiobooks, graphic novels, e-books, movies, music, and television, all with no holds queue.

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Kanopy

Stream or download over 30,000 of the world’s best films, including award-winning documentaries, rare and hard-to-find titles, film festival favorites, indie and classic films, and world cinema.

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RBdigital

Check out e-magazines and download them to your computer or mobile device. (If asked for your library, select "Mid-Iowa Magazine.")

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Quick Start Guides

  • Visit AmesPublicLibrary.org.
  • Hover over the Books, Movies & More tab, then click Stream & Download.
  • Below the Bridges logo, click Visit Resource Website.
  • Click Sign In, located in the upper right corner of the screen.
  • Click Select your library and select Ames Public Library.
  • Type in your Library Card Number and PIN or password and click Sign in.

Bridges can be accessed on a computer. For Apple or Android mobile devices, search the App Store or Google Play Store for Libby by Overdrive. For Amazon Fire mobile devices, search for the Overdrive app.

For Kindle users, please refer to these directions from OverDrive: Borrowing Kindle Books from your library.

  • Visit AmesPublicLibrary.org.
  • Hover over the Books, Movies & More tab, then click Stream & Download.
  • Below the Hoopla logo, click Visit Resource Website.
  • If this is your first time using Hoopla, click Get Started Today in the middle of the screen.
    • You will be prompted to create an account, inputting your email address, and choosing a password.
    • When the form is complete, click Agree.
  • If you already have a Hoopla account, or once your account is set up, type your login email and password in the upper right corner and click Log In!

Hoopla can be used on a computer, Apple, Android and Amazon Fire mobile devices, and can be connected to Roku, Fire TV, Android TV, and Alexa streaming devices. Search the App Store or Google Play Store for Hoopla to download the Hoopla app.

  • Visit AmesPublicLibrary.org.
  • Hover over the Books, Movies & More tab, then click Stream & Download.
  • Below the Kanopy logo, click Visit Resource Website.
  • If this is your first time using Kanopy, click Add Library Card, found on the middle-left part of the screen.
    • Type in your Library Card Number and click Continue.
    • Create your Kanopy account by completing the form information, then click Sign Up.
  • If you already have a Kanopy account, or once your account is set up, type your login email and password in the upper right corner and click Log In.
  • Visit AmesPublicLibrary.org.
  • Hover over the Books, Movies & More tab, then click Stream & Download.
  • Below the RBDigital logo, click Visit Resource Website.
  • If this is your first time using RBDigital, click Create New Account in the upper right corner.
    • Type in your Library card number, then click Next.
    • Create your RBDigital account by completing the form information, then click Create Account.
    • When prompted to choose your library, select Mid-Iowa Magazine.
  • If you already have a RBDigital account, or once your account is set up, click Login and type your login email and

How do I download and stream?

Click here to access the Getting Started guide provided by OverDrive. (Scroll down the page to select your device.)

Click here to access the Borrowing Titles guide provided by OverDrive.

Click here to access the Kindle eReaders guide provided by OverDrive.

Click here to access the Kindle Fire guide provided by OverDrive.

Click here for tips on how to get started with your IPad/iPhone/iPod Touch.

Click here for tips on how to get started with your Android device.

Click here for tips on how to get started with your Nook Tablet/Book eReader.

Click here to access video instruction on how to install Adobe Digital Editions.

Click here for tips on getting started with your PC or Mac.

Click here to find out how to use Hoopla with your device(s).

Click here for tips on getting started with Kanopy. 

Click here to find out how to watch Kanopy on your device(s).

Click here to learn how to read magazines from RB Digital in your browser or smart device.

** If asked for your library, select "Mid-Iowa Magazine." 

Please Note: Ames Public Library contracts with third party vendors and library consortia that distribute electronic content through licensing agreements. Some vendors, at their own initiative, may gather information about library patrons through the registration process and/or library transactions for their own marketing purposes. Such information is not protected by the Ames Public Library's confidentiality policy.