Library Services Update

Reopening Plan

As Iowa City Public Library responds to the needs and challenges of this global pandemic, building tools to stay in touch has been uplifting work. It can be difficult to stop and count the wins during these hard and strange times, but celebrating forward steps in this journey helps determine where we are going next. 


Recent celebrations come in the form of serving more of you each day through the Lobby Grab and Go service. In this new service phase, we are able to suspend the need for an appointment so you can stop inside the lobby Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. to register for a Library card, ask questions about your account, and pick up your holds.


The Bookmobile crew is on the road again, checking out holds, and sharing information about services like Staff Picks. Seeing you out and about and supporting your informational needs in this capacity has been a tremendous joy. 


Adding Computer Access to our growing service options is exciting as well. Socially distanced tech assistance and computer stations are installed on the first floor along the Library meeting rooms. Hand sanitizer and masks are available as well as plexiglass barriers and surface cleaners. We are so enthusiastic to help with questions, assist with digital navigation, and provide essential access to the Internet. 


Next, we anticipate serving as an early satellite voting station for the November 3 general election. Offering space for early voting has been a long-standing tradition for the Iowa City Public Library and we are glad to be able to do so this year. Early voting at the Library begins on Monday, October 19 where all registered Johnson County voters are welcome to cast their ballots if they have not yet done so. 


Some say progress is a staircase rather than a doorway. If this is true, these recent service updates are steps guiding us forward. We are happy to take each step of this journey with you, during the uncertain moments and through each shared triumph. 



Recent News


Is the library available yet for live tech help where computers and such devices are concerned

Sam's picture

Great question, Joe.
Yes, as part of the phased re-opening of the Iowa City Public Library, computer access became available beginning October 13.

The details of Computer Access are:

Hours of operation: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. -noon, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Capacity: 5 computer stations.

Session Length: 1/2 Hour, rolling sessions, no extensions.

Registration: No advance signup. Walk-ins only.

Computer Sign-In: Patrons sign in with their library card as usual. Guest passes are available.

Printing: Free black-and-white printing available, limited to 10 pages.

Headphones and charging cords are available for checkout.

Masks and social distancing are required.

To use the Computer Access service, enter through the lobby doors on Linn Street and check in at the welcome desk with Library staff.
For more information, call the Library Mondays through Saturday between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. at 319-356-5200.


Is the scanner available for public use yet?

Great question, Emily.
While the scanner is not available for public use at this time we have identified a few places in town that provide scanning services.

820 South Riverside Drive
Iowa City, IA 52246
Phone: (319) 354-0799

Hours of Operation
Mon 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tue 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wed 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thu 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sun 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

309 2nd St.
Coralville, IA 52241
Phone: 319.338.5050

Hours of Operation:
Monday to Friday: 8am–6pm
Saturday: 9am–5pm
Sunday: CLOSED

We are very sorry for the incovenience and look foward to expanding services when we are able to do so.
Thank you,

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