We Need Your Help!

OverDrive App  During the month of June, if Webster Groves and the rest of the Hometown Library Network increase OverDrive* circulation by 25%, improvements will be awarded to your collection!  Help us out by heading over to our OverDrive site and downloading any available eBook or Audiobook (or 10)!  With your help we’ll be able to hit our goal of 5,935 total checkouts!

*OverDrive is your free eBook and Audiobook service.  Visit overdrive.mlcstl.org to browse the collection of eBooks and Audiobooks for adults, teens and children!  If you are looking to get started with OverDrive, check out our guides to using OverDrive here.

2048px-EBook_between_paper_booksKeep Calm and eRead On

Join us for an open discussion of your favorite eBook and Audiobooks (or just some of your favorite books!).   We’ll also go over a couple quick tips and tricks to make sure you’re getting the most out of your OverDrive account.  Need help with OverDrive?  Stick around after the program for one-on-one help from staff members.  Attend this program for your chance to win a new book or advanced reading copies!  We welcome all ages and levels of experience.  Light refreshments will be served.

OverDrive Big Read

From June 3-18, check out award-winning author Laurien Berenson’s A Pedigree to Die For.  During these dates you’ll be able to enjoy Berenson’s kennel-themed murder mystery with no holds and no wait lists!  Check it out here!  Berenson is best known for her Melanie Travis series, which features a school teacher who shows Poodles.  A Pedigree to Die For is the first in the series. A Pedigree to Die For

Have any questions about the OverDrive service, upcoming events or the OverDrive Challenge?  Give us a call at 314-961-3784, e-mail us at reference@wgpl.org, or stop by the library!


EBSCOhost Database

EBSCOhost database is your source for magazines, journals and newspapers.  Use this for general research, writing papers, and finding articles from Consumer Reports!

All you’ll need is Internet access and your library card.

Start at the library’s homepage and click on ‘Reference‘ at the top of the page.
WGPL Homepage

Select ‘Databases with Home Access

Database Access

You will be directed to a list of 12 library databases (all of which support home access).  Click on the link for EBSCOhost.

If you’re signing in from home, just authenticate your session with your library card number.

Next, you’ll be asked to choose which databases you would like to search.  The first choice, MasterFILE Premier is a good start for most searches.  If you’re looking for something very specific (newspaper sources, science, medical information) you may want to browse through the list and choose a specialized database.

EBSCO choose databases


*You may also choose to search all of the databases at once, but this will take a little more time.

When you have chosen which database(s) you would like to search, you will be taken to a page where you can start a basic search.

EBSCO search bar

Once you have entered  a search term, you will be taken to the results page.  (‘Webster Groves’ is used for this example).

Search results

The main part of the screen will show your results, while the left portion of the screen will allow you to refine your results.  You can adjust the year published, source type, subject and publication.  The list will automatically refresh with each change you make.

Consumer Reports

If you would like to find an article on consumer reports, enter the product you are looking for followed by ‘Consumer Reports.’ For example, ‘vacuum cleaners Consumer Reports.’  On the results page, you will probably want to adjust the publication date so that you get the most recent results and check Consumer Reports from the list of publications at the bottom of the side bar.


If you have any problems accessing EBSCOhost, or any of our databases, please give us a call at (314) 961-7277.


Heritage Quest

HeritageQuest is an online database available through WGPL that can help you with genealogical research.

Sign onto Heritage Quest from home by going to http://www.wgpl.org/dbHomeAccess.aspx and clicking on HeritageQuest Online.

WGPL Reference

When accessing the database from home, you will have to enter your entire library card number.  After you have entered your number, you will be directed to the HeritageQuest homepage.


With Heritage Quest you can search:

U.S. Federal Census— images from 1970-1940, including name indexes for many years.

  • Tip: The index will search for names exactly as they were entered in the database.  As a result, any misspellings will not be included.  Try variations of the name if you are not finding what you are looking for.
  • Click on the Advanced Search tab for more options to filter by age, sex, race and birthplace.
  • When you have found a record that interests you, you can zoom in on the text, switch it to negative so it’s easier to read, and click through the images of surrounding pages.  You can also download and print the image.

Books— Find information on people and places described in over 28,000 family and local histories.

  • You can search by people, places, or browse the list of publications.
  • Clicking on “View Image” next to the book you are interested in will open the scanned book on your computer.

PERSI Archive— Find information about people and places from this index of over 2.3 million genealogy and local history articles (1800-present).

  • You can search  by people, places, how to’s  (research methodologies), and periodicals.
  • If you find an article or record that you are interested in, there will be a link with instructions on how to request the material (there is a charge).

Revolutionary War records— Search selected records from the Revolutionary War Era Pension & Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files.  Most of the records are dated between 1800 and 1900.

Freedmans’ Bank— Search for individuals in the Freedman’s Bank (1865-1874), which was founded to serve African Americans.

U.S. Serial Set— Search the Memorials, Petitions and Private Relief Actions of the U.S. Congress.  Documents range between 1789-1969.

Please contact us at the library if you are having any problems with the Heritage Quest database.

(314) 961-3784


Zinio: A Free Online Newsstand through Your Library!

ZinioZinio is an exciting new service offered by the Webster Groves Public Library, along with the Municipal Library Consortium.  You can browse and checkout the current issue of over 65 magazine titles.  There are no holds, waiting periods or due dates!  Each issue that you check out will always be available to you in your Zinio account.

Set up your free account today by following these steps:

1. Go to www.wgpl.org and click on ‘Zinio.’

WGPL Homepage

2. Choose ‘Create New Account’ in the top right corner of the screen.

Zinio Create New Account

3. Enter your entire library card number and click ‘Next.’

Zinio Enter Library Card

4. Then, enter your information.  You must have a password to complete the signup process for Zinio. Your password must have at least 7 characters & include letters and numbers.

Zinio Create Zinio Account

5. Next, browse magazines and click on the cover of the magazine you would like. Then, click on ‘Checkout.’

Tip: The most recent issue will be shown as you browse the list of magazines.  Browse back issues (starting July 2013) by clicking on “Back Issues Available” under the cover of the magazine.


6. At this point, you will finish your checkout by creating an account with Zinio.  This allows you to access all magazines that you check out from the library.

Tip: Use the same e-mail address and password that you used to sign up for the account with the library.  This will make things easier when you try to sign into your account to checkout and access your magazine issues.

Zinio Get Copy Now

7. After you have checked out your magazine, you will have the option to “Keep Browsing” or “Start Reading.”  Clicking on “Keep Browsing” will allow you to continue checking out magazines.  Clicking on “Start Reading” will take you to your Zinio library with all checked out magazines.

Keep Browsing or Start Reading

8. Magazines issues that are checked out will always be available in your account, unless you manually choose to delete them.  Magazines can be deleted by going to your Zinio account and clicking on ‘Edit your reading list’ at the top of the page.  Click on the red x over the magazines you would like to delete.

Zinio Edit Your Reading List

9. After the magazine is checked out you can read it in your browser by clicking on the cover of the magazine, or you can download the app.

10.  Download the app for your computer (PC or Mac) by going to www.zinio.com/apps.  Zinio Reader 4 will allow you to read magazines that you’ve downloaded onto your desktop or laptop without an Internet connection.  The app also allows you to easily access your magazines from the home screen of your computer.

Zinio Reader 4

* Always use the link from http://www.wgpl.org to Zinio to check out new issues.  Accessing magazines from Zinio will only show you issues for purchase.

Zinio AppZinio App 

The Zinio app is available for iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire/Fire HD, NOOK HD/HD+ and Blackberry Playbook.

Access the app by going to your App Store (Apple used in the example images).  When you open the app, Zinio App Signinsign in using the account information that you created for the Zinio site in the web browser.

Zinio App AccountAfter you have signed into your account a list of the magazines that you have checked out will be shown. Click on the arrow next to the magazine to download it to your device.

The Zinio app for your tablet or smart phone allows you to read your previously downloaded magazines without an Internet connection.

*Like your Zinio account online, you will not be able to browse the library collection in the app.  Accessing magazines through the app will only show magazines that are available for purchase.