Resources & Downloads

These great resources are all available for free 24/7. Some will require your library card number or a password.

Research

Books & Authors
Lively reviews and recommendations make book selection fun. A tutorial on use can be found here.
Brainfuse
Helps patrons to achieve their educational and career goals; job help, resume help, college skills can all be found on Brainfuse. A tutorial on use can be found here.
Chilton Library
Authoritative automotive repair covers the most popular vehicles of the past 30 years. A tutorial on use can be found here.
Credo
Elite reference content with a one-stop exploratory search platform. A tutorial on use can be found here.
Foundation Directory Online
Foundation Directory Online is a research tool to help nonprofits find the grantmakers most likely to fund their projects. A tutorial on use can be found here.
General OneFile
Millions of articles covering a full range of academic and general-interest topics. A tutorial on use can be found here.
Health & Wellness
Alternative-focused newspapers, directories, videos, and references. A tutorial on use can be found here.
Kids InfoBits
Appropriate K-5 content is presented in a pleasing visual interface. A tutorial on use can be found here.
Transparent Languages
Combining extensive courses and supplemental resources for over 100 languages, including English, Transparent Language Online is the most complete language-learning system. A tutorial on use can be found here.

Library Provided Downloadable Audio, E-books & Magazines

Use your library card number to download audio & Ebooks through Bridges, Iowa’s electronic library.

Tax Help

Online

Federal Resources

State Resources

By Phone

  • • IRS Tax Forms and Publications: 1-800-829-3676
  • • Federal Tax Questions: 1-800-829-1040 and assistance 1-844-545-5640
  • • Refund Information: 1-800-829-4477
  • • Hearing-Impaired Tax Assistance (TTY): 1-800-829-4059

In Person

Federal Forms may be obtained at:
Internal Revenue Service
Federal Building
210 Walnut Street #447
Des Moines, Iowa 50309

State Forms may be obtained at:
Iowa Department of Revenue
Hoover State Office Building – #3000
1305 E Walnut St.
Des Moines, Iowa 50319

Tax Preparation Assistance

AARP Tax Aide Foundation

The AARP Tax Aide Foundation offers free tax preparation for low- to moderate-income taxpayers – especially those 50 and older. There’s no fee and AARP membership is not required. They do not take reservations.

Find AARP Tax Aide Assistance sites in the Des Moines Metro Area

VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance)

Individuals and families with a combined income under $58,000 in one year qualify to receive free tax preparation. VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) is a free service offered through United Way of Central Iowa. The VITA sites will open January 22, 2019.

Learn more about the VITA program and its Central Iowa locations.