Bertha Bartlett Public Library

REMINDER: The library is closed in both Story City and Gilbert on July 4th.

2017 Summer Reading Program

2017 Summer Reading Program for all ages!

From May 27 to August 21,

explore our reading challenges, programs and prizes!


Iowa's eLibrary for downloading audio and electronic books!

Free Wi-Fi at Bertha Bartlett Public Library

Introducing LearningExpress Library 3.0,it's a whole NEW experience! It offers improvedfunctionality and content including:New and improved site designEasier to use navigationNew interactive tutorialsMultiple test modes for study and practiceRecommendations for additional study

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BRIDGES: Iowa's eLibrary

Bertha Bartlett Public Library is now participating in BRIDGES: Iowa’s eLibrary, offering eBooks and audiobooks available to download for free anytime, anywhere. Library card holders can check out and download digital media by visiting or start by clocking on the BRIDGES logo above. Bertha Bartlett Public Library members have access to more than 16,500 eBooks and 7,500 audiobooks. Bridges takes up where WILBOR left off.  If you were using WILBOR, your information has been transferred and you’ll be very familiar with how things work.

LearningExpress 3.0 - Free Online Educational & Professional Resources from Your Library!

LearningExpress Library is an interactive online learning platform featuring over 770 practice tests, tutorials, and eBooks related to job search and workplace skills improvement, career certification and licensing exam preparation, college entrance and graduate school admissions exam preparation, GED exam preparation, and basic skills improvement in reading, writing, and math, for all ages. You'll get immediate scoring, complete answer explanations, and an individualized analysis of your results.


Board Packets

Our library board agendas, minutes and figures are now available for your review on this website! Click on the "About Us" tab. Choose Library Board from the left menu, then click on Board Packets. We'll post a link to each month's library board agenda, the minutes and other related reports.

Taking Care of Your Library Books

Please take a moment to read through our tips on taking care of your library books. Our goal is to keep all of our books available to you as long as possible. But we need your help to keep our books safe from water damage, pets and other disasters. Read more here.

Gilbert Library - A BBPL Branch

We are located at 207 Main Street (1 block north of the post office, or two buildings down from The Open Flame). Our Gilbert location is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 to 7:30 pm and Saturdays from 10 to 12. Our book drop is located just north of the building. Or you may call 515-232-0087 to renew your books.

For more information send us e-mail at or call at 515-733-2685.

The 2017 Staff of Bertha Bartlett Public Library & Gilbert Library

Front (seated): Director Kolleen Taylor

Middle (l to r): Angie Stover, Shelly Gruwell, Patricia Sawyer, Denise Froehlich

Back (l to r): Julia Humphrey, Maria Hartt (Gilbert), Diane Tjaden

Not pictured: Bryleigh Janvrin (Gilbert)

2017 BBPL Staff