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Digital Media service NEIBORS is now called BRIDGES


The Williamsburg 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 Bridges takes up where NEIBORS left off. If you were using NEIBORS, your information has been transferred and you’ll be very familiar with how things work.


Williamsburg Library patrons have access to more than 16,500 eBooks and 7,500 audiobooks. Many titles offer multiple copies for checkout, and users can request to be emailed or automatically check out items when they become available. Digital content is borrowed for a set period of time and titles automatically expire at the end of the lending period- there are no late fees!

Users can browse the library’s website, check out with a valid library card, and access borrowed titles via PC, Mac, and mobile devices with free desktop and mobile apps.


This service is powered by OverDrive, which supports all major computers and devices and is free for patrons with their library card. To get started downloading audiobooks & eBooks, visit


Exciting update to Zinio, Digital Magazines:

The library's Zinio Collection just got better! Through forming a consortium with area libraries, the Williamsburg Public Library is now able to offer 120 digital magazines to our patrons.


The Zinio platform provides patrons with full digital copies of your favorite magazines that can be viewed on your computer or mobile device. The best part is that these magazines can be read by everyone at once and there is no due date!


Both previous and new Zinio users will have to do a one-time registration with your library card barcode and patron information.


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Top 10 Lists for 2014

Explore the lists of the most circulated items at the Williamsburg Public Library this year!

 Adult Fiction

  1. Robert B. Parker’s Bull River by Robert Knott
  2. The Fever by Megan Abbott
  3. Private L.A. by James Patterson
  4. Rising Tides by Nora Roberts
  5. The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
  6. I’ve Got You Under My Skin by Mary Higgins Clark
  7. The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks
  8. The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks
  9. The Martian by Andy Weir
  10. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

 Adult Nonfiction

  1. The Secret Rooms by Catherine Bailey
  2. The Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel
  3. From Amish and Mennonite Kitchens from Good Housekeeping
  4. Killing Jesus by Bill O’Reilly
  5. Girl at the End of the World by Elizabeth Esther
  6. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
  7. You Must Remember This by  Robert Wagner
  8. Iowa State Fair Cook Book by Jean Koss
  9. Fix-It and Forget-It Cookbook by Phyllis Pellman Good
  10. The Big Tiny by Dee Williams

Children's Fiction

  1. Welcome to the Crystal Empire by Olivia London
  2. The Padawan Menace by Ace Landers
  3. Barbie, I Can Be—A Baby Doctor by Kristen L. Depken
  4. Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Famous Life by Rachel Renee Russell
  5. Good Morning, Farm! by Catherine Nichols
  6. Trains by Keith Newell
  7. Count the Monkeys by Mac Barnett
  8. Miss Tutu’s Star by Lesléa Newman
  9. Barbie and the Three Musketeers by Mary Man-Kong
  10. It’s All About Me-ow: A Young Cat’s Guide to the Good Life by Hudson Talbott

Young Adult Fiction

  1. Divergent by Veronica Roth
  2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  3. Insurgent by Veronica Roth
  4. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
  5. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
  6. Paper Towns by John Green
  7. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  8. Endlessly by Kiersten White
  9. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
  10. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Animated DVDs

  1. Frozen
  2. Cloudy With the Chance of Meatballs 2
  3. Barbie: A Fairy Secret
  4. Barbie: The Princess Popstar
  5. The Croods
  6. Barbie: The Pearl Princess
  7. Free Birds
  8. Minion Madness
  9. Hotel Transylvania
  10. The Smurfs 2

Feature Film DVDs

  1. Captain Phillips
  2. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
  3. Lee Daniels’ The Butler
  4. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
  5. Dallas Buyers Club
  6. Bad Grandpa
  7. The Book Thief
  8. 12 Years a Slave
  9. Saving Mr. Banks
  10. Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

TV Series

  1. Game of Thrones: Season 1
  2. Game of Thrones: Season 3
  3. Game of Thrones: Season 2
  4. Downton Abbey: Season 1
  5. Downton Abbey: Season 4
  6. The Walking Dead: Season 2
  7. Little House on the Prairie
  8. Upstairs, Downstairs: Series 1
  9. Justified: Season 2
  10. Downton Abbey: Season 3

Summer Reading Program 2014

This was the 70th year of Summer Programs at the Williamsburg Public Library.  We had SO MUCH fun with everyone this year! Find even more pictures on our Facebook Page!


Loretta's Open House

April 30, 2014

The Williamsburg Public Library Board of Trustees hosted an open house in honor of Loretta Hanson’s many years of service to the library and the community. Thank you to all those who joined them in honoring Loretta on Wednesday April 30, 2014 at the Williamsburg Public Library.


Gordon Kellenberger Pastel Landscape

March 5, 2014

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The library recently purchased a pastel landscape by Gordon Kellenberger from High Amana. It is displayed above the fireplace and can be viewed throughout the library's main floor.

Santa Claus Visits


Williamsburg LEED Presentation

August 12, 2013

Bruce HamousPlaqueEmily Andrews

The Williamsburg Public Library was officially awarded its gold LEED certification in a presentation at the library.  Bruce Hamous, who is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council-Iowa Chapter, presented the award to the Williamsburg Public Library Board of Trustees.  The event was open to the public.

Hamous was a member of the team from OPN Architects, Cedar Rapids, who designed the new library building.  He gave a short program about the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) program.

The LEED rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, is the foremost  program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for the improved environmental and human health performance.

The certification of the Williamsburg Public Library indicates that the building has met a number of criteria making it energy efficient and environmentally sound which includes lower operating costs, conservation of energy and water and creation of a healthier and safer environment for occupants.

There are four levels of LEED certification – certified, silver, gold and platinum.   The library’s original goal was to be certified at the silver level.  That goal was written into the contract with VisionIowa, who provided a $600,000 grant for the library’s construction.  The Williamsburg Public Library was the first in which the VisionIowa board asked that a certain level of LEED certification be obtained.

The Williamsburg Public Library is one of only three gold LEED libraries in Iowa and one of only eight libraries in the state who have earned LEED certification at any level.  The other two gold libraries are Marshalltown Public Library and the Drake Community Library in Grinnell.


Carol and Jane's Open House

April 6, 2013

Carol and JaneOverviewPatrons

The Williamsburg Public Library Board of Trustees hosted an open house in honor of Carol Uhlmann and Jane Wardenburg’s many years of service to the library and the community.  Thank you, Carol and Jane, for all you have done.

Red Cedar Chamber Music Concert

February 22, 2013


Seven Score and Ten

Red Cedar Chamber Music put on a free concert at the Williamsburg Public Library on Friday night.  Through unpublished writings from the Civil War and music played on period instruments, listeners were transported to an earlier time. We would like to thank Jan Boland, John Dowdall, and Michael Zahs for sharing their knowledge and talents during this wonderful evening.

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photo by Andrea Furlong, Williamsburg Journal Tribune

AF Jan and John

photo by Andrea Furlong, Williamsburg Journal Tribune

AF Crowd

photo by Andrea Furlong, Williamsburg Journal Tribune

RCCM Michael Zahs RCCM Trio RCCM Duo


Message from the Williamsburg Public Library

February 21, 2013

It has come to our attention that bit torrent software that we put on our computer system is blocking a number of websites our patrons are interested in.  The Williamsburg Public Library has never set out to purposely filter content and, in fact, is adverse to filtering content.  We are distressed to find this software is filtering. That was never its purpose.  We added the software to our system because the library has been the victim of illegal downloading which, had it continued, could have ended our relationship with Mediacom, our internet provider, who is kind enough to provide the library with internet service at no charge.  We will be taking steps to remedy the situation so that all internet sites are available to our patrons no matter what the content which has always been the intention of the Williamsburg Public Library.


Great News about the Williamsburg Public Library Building

February 5, 2013


The Williamsburg Public Library has recently been informed that our new building has achieved LEED Gold certification.


LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a program that provides third-party verification of green buildings. From individual buildings and homes, to entire neighborhoods and communities, LEED is transforming the way built environments are designed, constructed, and operated.


Why LEED matters:

LEED-certified buildings are designed to:

•             Lower operating costs and increase asset value

•             Reduce waste sent to landfills

•             Conserve energy and water

•             Be healthier and safer for occupants

•             Reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions

•             Qualify for tax rebates, zoning allowances and other incentives in hundreds of cities

Our community should be especially proud because our building is only the third library in Iowa to achieve this recognition.  The other two libraries to be recognized as LEED Gold Certified buildings are theDrake Community Library in Grinnell and the Marshalltown Public Library.  In fact, since the beginning of the LEED Rating System, only 8 libraries in Iowa have become LEED Certified at any level.


A Christmas Carol

December 16, 2012

Film and Broadway Actor, Duffy Hudson, performed a one-man show of "A Christmas Carol."

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Santa Claus Visits

December 1, 2012

The Library was open Saturday afternoon so that Santa could stop by.  After seeing Santa, many patrons stayed to visit and use the library.











Parnell Peppers 4-H Club Decorating

Thank you Parnell Peppers for decorating the Library. Stop in to see all the great decorations!








Happy Dan Wardell Day!!!

November 14, 2012

We had a lot of fun when Dan's Reading Road Trip stopped and spent the afternoon with us at the library!

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