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Library Board & Policies

Mission Statement

The Iowa City Public Library is an innovative and responsive community center that supports lifelong learning, literacy, and access to the world of ideas.

Values Statement

The Library values and is committed to:

  • Intellectual freedom
  • Excellence in customer service
  • Community building
  • Working collaboratively
  • Minimizing barriers to use
  • Providing a welcoming environment
  • A well-trained staff


  1. Make the Library easier to use and more accessible.
  2. Improve visibility and awareness of Library services, programs and collections.
  3. Develop partnerships that build community and support the Libray's mission.
  4. Provide resources that inform, entertain and enrich.

Strategic Plan

Library Policies

The Iowa City Public Library strives to maintain a safe and pleasant environment for all library patrons. With this in mind the Library Board has adopted a number of guidelines to use which are designed to ensure the public's access to library facilities, the safety of users and staff, and the protection of library collections, equipment and facility.

For complete policy information, use the drop-down selects below to access the official Library documents.

Policies by Name

Policies by Number

Library Board

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The Library is governed by a semi-autonomous nine-member board of trustees; which is empowered by state law and city ordinance to set policy, determine goals and objectives, direct the use of monies appropriated or gifted to the Library, and to employ staff.

Board Contact Information

Board Meeting Packets

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