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The Library can provide quick answers to short questions, or direct your research for longer questions. Trained staff can help you use a wide variety or reference materials, both print and electronic. We are available in person at the Library's second floor Information Desk, or you can use one of the options below.

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The information desk can be reached by telephone at 319.356.5200 during our normal hours.


eMail us at any time.

Postal Mail

Correspondence for the Information Desk should be addressed to:
Information Desk
Iowa City Public Library
123 South Linn Street
Iowa City, Iowa 52240

About the Service

This service is provided for residents of Iowa City and areas covered by contracts of service (Hills, University Heights, Lone Tree, and rural Johnson County). If you live outside our service area we can answer only those questions which pertain to Iowa City or Johnson County, Iowa.

There is a $1.00 fee per page for materials photocopied or scanned and mailed by staff at the Iowa City Public Library. We will inform you of the number of pages and the cost for the copies before they are sent to you.

We will provide short, factual answers to questions and/or suggest search strategies; however, staff limitations prevent us from doing extensive research or providing lengthy book lists. We will try to answer your question within 24 hours or less.