Your Library Card

Who can get a library card, how to apply and how to use your library card.

About Your Library Card


  • Who is eligible to get a library card: Residents of the State of Iowa.  Children may have their own library card when they register for kindergarten, with their parent's consent.
  • How a person applies for a card:  Bring in photo identification and proof of current address. Cards are valid for three years and are renewable.     
  • Open-Access Cards: Anyone who applies for a card that has a library in their home town is considered an open access patron. An open access card can be used at any participating library in the State of Iowa.                                                                                                                               


How to Use Your Library Card


  • Checking out books and other materials: Items may be checked out at either circulation desk on your own card if it is free and clear of fines.  Patrons having their own card or those eligible to have their own card are not permitted to use another person's library card..
  • Returning items: items can be returned at either circulation desk or in either of the library book returns outside of the building.
  • Renewing items: items can be renewed by phone, or in person if the item doesn't have a reserve list.
  • Overdues, fines and billing: if an item is overdue, you will be either phoned, or mailed a reminder.
  • Reserving an item: items can be reserved online, by phone, e-mail, or in person.
  • Loan limits: Most items are loaned for 2 weeks; exceptions are Video/DVDs are 7 days, periodicals are 1 week, art prints are 4 weeks