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Iowa City Public Library  

Address
123 South Linn Street
Iowa City, IA 52240
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Contact
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Phone Numbers
Business: 319-356-5200
Fax: 319-356-5494

Type
Governmental

Hours
Monday - Thursday 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sunday 12 noon to 5 p.m.

Description of Organization and Service Provided

The library has a large collection of more than 240,000 items available for checkout. The collection includes books, spoken word and music audio recordings, DVDs, downloadable material, as well as smaller specialized collections.  All items may be checked out free of charge and each card holder may have five free reserves at a time.  Questions may be asked in person, by phone, or through the library's web site.  A variety of adult and children's programs are offered.  Check the library calendar or call for dates and times.

The special services include, but are not limited to the following:

At Home services are designed for patrons who are unable to come to the library because of a permanent or temporary physically disabling condition, and for those who live in nursing homes, care centers, or retirement residences.  At Home service is available to residents of Iowa City and areas covered by contracts for library service:  rural Johnson County and the cities of Hills and University Heights.  There is no charge for this service.

To enroll in At Home services, please call the At Home Assistant at 319-887-6038 or the staff on the Fiction Desk at 319-356-5200, option 4.   You may also mail a request to At Home Assistant, 123 S. Linn Street, Iowa City, IA 52240.  Or if you prefer,  send an email to At Home services at the ICPL.

The library provides free Internet access at 40 public workstations on the Second Floor of the library.

A wide array of audiovisual equipment is available for checkout to residents of Iowa City and areas covered by contracts for service (Hills, University Heights, and rural Johnson County).

The Library Channel - Channel 10 is available to viewers who subscribe to cable television through  the local cable franchise, currently Mediacom.

The library maintains a listing of community resources where you can find groups that match your interest.  http://www.icpl.org/community/associations/resultsbrief.php

The library loans artwork for persons to use in their homes.

Park for FREE

Receive on hour of FREE parking when you use any library service or attend a library program any time the library is open.

Bring you Parking Entrance Ticket for the Iowa Avenue, Dubuque or Clinton Street ramps to the Fiction, Circulation, Reference or Children's Desk for validation. One validation per ticket.

Ride the bus for FREE

  • Bus Passes are also available any day the transit system operates, Monday - Saturday.  You must go to the Circulation Desk to receive a bus pass.  Bus passes are only valid on the day they are issued.
  • Your Library Card is required to receive a Ride & Read Bus Pass.  Limit of 2 passes per week per person.

Other services include:  Community Outreach, eAudiobook Downloads, Summer Library Bus, Live Homework Help, Meeting Rooms, Project Safe Place, Public Displays and Readers, Listeners, and Viewers Advisory.

 



Eligibility

Residents of Iowa City.

  • Persons owning property in Iowa City.
  • Residents who live or own property in areas covered by contracts for library service:   unincorporated (rural) Johnson County and the cities of Hills and University Heights.
  • Persons living within the service area of an Iowa library approved for reciprocal borrowing   through the Open Access Program.   Nearby Open Access libraries include Coralville, Kalona, Lone Tree, North Liberty, Oxford, Solon, Tiffin, and West Branch.   Check at the Library Cards Desk for a full listing of participating libraries.; Persons without a permanent address in this service area and who will be here one to six weeks are eligible for temporary cards.   Temporary borrowers may have only two items checked out at a time.
  • Online resources for remote users are restricted to Iowa City Public Library card holders who live in Iowa City, persons owning property in Iowa City, residents who live or own property in areas covered by contracts for library service:   unincorporated (rural) Johnson County and the cities of Hills and University Heights.
  • Persons living with the service of an Iowa library approved for reciprocal borrowing through the Open Access program.   Nearby Open Access libraries include Coralville, Kalona, Lone Tree,   North Liberty, Oxford, Solon, Tiffin, and West Branch.   Check at the Library Cards Desk for a full listing of participating libraries.
  • Persons without a permanent address in this service area and who will be here one to six weeks are eligible for temporary cards.   Temporary borrowers may have only two items checked out at a time.
  • Online resources for remote users are restricted to Iowa City Public Library card holders who live in Iowa City, persons owning property in Iowa City, residents who live or own property in areas covered by contracts for library service:   unincorporated (rural) Johnson County and the cities of Hills and University Heights.   A valid library card and a password are needed for remote access.   Call 356-5200 option 5 for  more information.


Cost of Service
There is no charge to get a library card or to use library resources. Fines are charged for library materials returned late.

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This page was last updated by the provider on 9/19/2012

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