FAQ

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the library building is closed. Because of the evolving situation, a date to reopen has not been determined. 


When will the library building reopen?

We have developed a phased plan that focuses on a safe and responsible return to in-person services. We are drawing upon best practices in public libraries and consulting with libraries in our region and throughout the state and learning from libraries across the country. Our timetable depends on guidance from health officials and the arrival of cleaning and protective supplies and equipment. We are working with the city officials and their timetable to open city buildings.

At this time we are offering Curbside Library for checkout of materials, printing, faxing and scanning, and laptop checkout from 10AM-5PM Monday through Friday and 10AM-2PM on Saturdays.

Will there be a summer reading program?

Yes! We are excited to have registration for this year’s summer reading program start on June 1. The theme this year is "Imagine Your Story." In light of the pandemic, we are reimagining what summer reading looks like while still keeping the key components. As in the past, we will be offering activities and programs for all ages to engage in learning and literacy. We will also have incentives for keeping up with good reading habits, whether that is developing language skills and early literacy development with pre-readers, supporting and maintaining the skills of new readers, or rewarding reading at any age.

May I return materials? 

Yes, our outside book return slots are open. You access them by entering off of Main Street and going south to go through the circle drive.

Will I have late fees for materials not returned?

Due dates for items that were checkout before the building closure have been extended to June 1st and no fees will be added during the building closure.

What about my library holds?

We are processing holds requests and making materials available during our curbside pickup service. As we have done in the past, we will contact you by phone, email, or text depending on your account preferences to let you know when your items are ready. Pickup is currently available Monday-Friday from 10-5 and Saturday from 10-2. 

When will library programs, classes, and events restart?

We are offering a full calendar of virtual events on Facebook, through Zoom or other means. Check out the calendar for more information.

How do I find the library’s digital books, music, and movie collection?

You are encouraged to make use of the extensive online resources offered by the library. Our online library branch includes ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines, as well as streaming video and music. You will also find online one-on-one tutoring, skills building and research resources, and a language learning tool. You can find a full listing under the Click.Learn.Play tab.

Can I still get a library card if I don’t have one?

If you don’t have a library card, you may be eligible for a digital card. Apply for a digital card

How do I connect with a librarian for reference, tech help, or genealogical and local history questions?

Stay connected and get the latest updates by following your library on Facebook. You can also reach library staff members through email at iowabpl@gmail.com or by phone at 319-753-1647.

Are you accepting donated books and materials for the Friends of the Library? 

The Friends group is now accepting donated materials for their book sale coming up in September or for sale in the Footnotes shop. All sales of donated items support library programs and services. To make a donation, call to make an appointment.

Your library team wish you and your family good health.