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Earlier this year, the State Library of Iowa put out a call for bids on behalf of all public and academic libraries in Iowa for a package of databases to get us the best value for good, usable products, and to enhance vendor competition in our State. As of July 1, 2017, libraries in Iowa started offering the winning package of databases to our users and citizens of the state.

One of the many new products offered is called Books & Authors.

Books & Authors offers new ways to explore the endless possibilities and combinations of books, authors, genres and topics. Combining over 140,000 titles, 50,000 authors, and thousands of read-alike, award winner and librarian’s favorites lists, Books & Authors helps bring readers and literature together.

Through the use of expertly written and arranged content and a dynamic, cutting edge user interface, Books & Authors makes exploration of genre fiction and essential non-fiction fun! By leveraging their entire award-winning What Do I Read Next? collection, patrons and students alike can be sure that their next big read comes with a BIG recommendation.

If you’re a Kirkwood student or employee, you can get to this great new product by clicking on this Books & Authors link and if you use another Iowa library, check out their website to find the link.