Books and Reading

Information to help you find a book to read.

Spend some time browsing the links on the left to find suggestions for a good book to read.  We enjoy reading just as much as you do and we'd love to talk to you about books. Stop into the library to see our displays of featured books, or talk to a librarian about what you're reading, or to get ideas on what to read next.

  • Use the form in the left-side menu to suggest a book for purchase.
  • Use the Interlibrary Loan form in the left-side menu or click here to request an item from another library in Iowa.
  • Call 515-733-2685 or e-mail the library at to place a hold on a book.
  • Tell us what you thought of a book by submitting a Book Talk form.
  • Download audio and e-books free from BRIDGES, just by using your BBPL patron card. If you need help using BRIDGES, click here.
  • Try Books & Authors, a new database from Gale, for book reviews and recommendations!


The love of learning, the sequestered nooks,
And all the sweet serenity of books.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 - 1882)
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