Welcome to our Electronic Resources page! The following list enables access to several online resources that the library provides, free of charge, to our patrons. Most of the resources are available via remote access although some may only be accessed in the library. See each resource for more information.
Ancestry.com has the largest collection of genealogical data available online to help you find your ancestors. Users of Ancestry.com can access over 2 billion names in more than 3,000 databases to help them extend their family trees.
Ancestry.com is only available within Musser Public Library on the public library computers. Simply click on the icon above or here to access Ancestry while in the library. Please check with the Reference Desk for more information.
Author Check is a new way to connect and track your favorite authors. Receive email alerts when the library receives a new book by authors you’ve selected. Author Check includes a full database of authors and their books, that the library owns, including author profiles. · In real-time see new materials being added to our library’s collection from your favorite authors. · Author Check is a way to search for your favorite authors by genre. If you love to read mysteries, find other mystery authors that the library owns. Click here to access Author Check.
Books & Authors
Books & Authors offers new ways to explore the endless possibilities and combinations of books, authors, genres, and topics. Click here or on the icon to access. The ideal convergence of science and serendipity, this online resource leverages the Internet’s unique capacity to create, build, communicate and sustain communities of readers.
Powered by Gale’s popular What Do I Read Next? series, Books & Authors combines both browse-able menus and visual search technology to guide readers from every level of reading proficiency to books that match their interests.
JobNow – One-of-a-kind career assistance that covers all major aspects of job hunting.
Resume Lab – Patrons can submit their resumes any time through the JobNow Resume Lab and a job coach will send it back within 24 hours with detailed feedback and suggestions for improvement.
Adult Learning Center – Providing academic assistance designed for adult learners.
VetNow – Supporting the community’s veterans and their families with locating eligible benefits, employment transition assistance, and finding community resources. Live Online Navigators are available M-F 12PM-8PM CST.
College Skills – User build academic skills & prepare for college with Brainfuse’s array of tools.
Deliver reliable automotive help online 24/7 through ChiltonLibrary, trusted by automotive enthusiasts and professionals for more than 100 years. Click here or on the icon to access.
Credo is an easy-to-use tool for research, homework, and other reference needs. Gather background information on your topic from over one thousand full-text encyclopedias and subject handbooks, as well as 500,000+ images and audio files and over 1,000 videos.
EBook Alerts is a free online service that showcases the newest e-titles purchased by the library. If you see a new title that you are interested in, just click “check catalog” to place a hold on the item right away. With EBook Alerts, you can receive daily and weekly updates for titles as soon as they “hit the shelf.” Access EBook Alerts here
freegal Music gives you access to millions of songs and more than 15,000 music videos from over 28,000 labels including the Sony Music catalog. That’s thousands of labels, tens of thousands of artists, and over 9.5 million songs. Each registered library patron can download 5 free songs per week to their computer (Mac or PC), their tablet or their smartphone. And they’re yours to keep. Forever! Users can also stream, for free, 3 hours of music every day with no ads. You can also download the freegal Music app from the Apple App Store for your iOS device, & from the Google Play store for your Android device.
For more information please contact the library at 563-263-3065.
Gale Legal Forms
Create accurate, reliable legal documents with no hassle. Gale Legal Forms provides free access to editable, Iowa-specific legal forms and is updated on a regular basis.
With HeritageQuest online you can find ancestors and relatives in the complete set of US Federal Census records from 1790-1920. You can also find information on people and places described in over 25,000 family and local history books all online!
To access HeritageQuest please click here and have your library barcode number ready.
Iowa Gale Pages Resources
Gale Pages is your link to all things Gale. Click here to access. Gale provides multiple resources for patron research article searching, car repair, book recommendations and much more.
New Book Alerts
Musser Public Library Offers New Book Alert Service
Be the first to know what brand new titles have arrived in the library. Sign up for New Book Alerts and you’ll receive a weekly update on our new books, movies, DVDS, music, and more. View our new weekly updates on your computer, or in an email newsletter delivered to your mobile device. Your personal New Book Alerts includes book jackets, author information, book descriptions, and a link to our library’s catalog, so it’s easy to reserve a book.
To sign up for our New Book Alerts, click here
The New York Times
Enjoy free, unlimited access to the world’s finest journalism on nytimes.com
NewspaperARCHIVE is the world’s best resource for historical and genealogical information. Our unique archive spans more than 400 years of family history, small-town events, world news and more. Explore your family tree and discover your history at NewspaperARCHIVE, the world’s largest online newspaper archive.
Through the Newspapers.com website, inside the library, you can access the entire Muscatine Journal from its inception date in 1873 through April 2019. There are also several variations of the Journal that are available. This resource is keyword searchable and can be accessed on your digital device while inside the library or by using the library’s public access computers. To access this resource visit:
It is recommended that you create a free account in order to utilize the full site. You can download entire pages or selected areas to save as a file or print and you can share via email, pages and clippings.
For more information please see staff at the Service Desk.
This resource cannot be accessed remotely.
Sanborn fire insurance maps are the most frequently consulted maps in both public and academic libraries. Sanborn maps are valuable historical tools for urban specialists, social historians, architects, geographers, genealogists, local historians, planners, environmentalists and anyone who wants to learn about the history, growth, and development of American cities, towns, and neighborhoods. They are large-scale plans containing data that can be used to estimate the potential risk for urban structures. This includes information such as the outline of each building, the size, shape and construction materials, heights, and function of structures, location of windows and doors.
Transparent Languages Online
This language-learning resource offers instructional courses for over 100 languages. Begin to develop or build upon your listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in one or more foreign languages. Includes ESL (English as a Second Language) courses for over 26 languages.
TumbleBookLibrary is an online collection of TumbleBooks, animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they¹ll love. TumbleBooks are created by taking existing picture books, adding animation, sound, music and narration to produce an electronic picture book that you can read, or have read to you.
RBDigital Magazines for Musser Public Library offers access to your favorite magazines for instant browser streaming and app-driven offline viewing.
The RBDigital Viewer account also enables patron access to the free mobile and desktop apps for PC/MAC, iPad, iPhone, Android, Kindle Fire, & Blackberry Playbook. Other devices access the magazines checked out in the library collection account via browser streaming. There is no checkout period limit or volume limit.
ReferenceUSA is the premier source of business and residential information for reference and research. ReferenceUSA offers the most up-to-date data available in the market. The database offers library patrons accurate data on 45 million businesses and 270 million consumers.
Rivershare Digital Libraries from OverDrive
RiverShare Digital Libraries is where you can browse thousands of downloadable eBooks & eAudiobooks! Check out and download best selling titles to your PC, then transfer to a portable device or burn many titles to CD to enjoy anytime, anywhere. You can also download titles on your smartphone or tablet by downloading the OverDrive Media Console App. For additional information visit our Digital Downloads FAQ.
To access RiverShare Digital Libraries downloadable eBooks & eAudiobooks please click here.
Need help finding your next favorite book? Discover books that match your interest with our new online service SelectReads. Find book lists and recommendations based on what you like. Click here to get started.
The Value Line Investment Survey (VLIS), a premiere investment tool, is now available anywhere you have access to the Internet inside and outside the library. Value Line covers 3,500 stocks over 100 industries which represent over 95% of the daily U.S. trading volume.