COVID-19 Library Services

Last updated April 2, 2021

We are offering limited services. Community safety continues to be our priority and we will continue to adapt our services based on the changing public health conditions.

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We are in Phase 3 of reopening with limited access to the building

Express Access: We ask that you limit your time in the library to 15 minutes. There is no furniture for sitting. Due to mask requirements, no eating or drinking is allowed.

Current services

All materials remain fine-free until June 30, 2021.


Not available

  • Meeting rooms
  • Study rooms
  • Digital Media Lab


Can I sign up for a library card?

Yes! We can create library cards for local residents and most Iowa residents. Get started by filling out the form at We will email your card details within 1-2 hours, during library hours.

You can also visit the Library to sign up for a card. Our hours are Monday through Saturday 10am - 6pm and Sunday 12 - 5pm.

Where do I return items?

All our return locations are available again! In addition to the indoor book drops, you can return items any time to the book drops at the Library downtown building on the Linn Street side of the building or at the remote book drops at the 1st Ave Hy-Vee and the GreenState Credit Union on Mormon Trek Blvd.

I'm not ready to browse in-person. How can I get books when I don’t know what to check out?

Check out our recommendation service: Staff Picks…Just for You! Fill out the online questionnaire and staff will surprise you with great finds. You can request a book bundle for pickup, or ask for a list of recommendations and place the holds yourself.

Will I be charged late fines during the pandemic?

No, we will not be charging late fines on any library materials through June 30, 2021.

Can I use the Library's DOT Kiosk?

Yes, the Iowa DOT Kiosk is available during our open hours.

There is also a kiosk at the service center on the first floor in the Eastdale Plaza, 1700 S. First Avenue, Iowa City. It's available during the driver's license station's service hours, Tuesday to Friday, 8:30am - 5pm and Saturday 8am - 1pm.

The North Liberty Community Library's DOT Kiosk is available by appointment - call 319-626-5701.

To find out if you are eligible to use a kiosk, visit the Iowa DOT's Kiosk page.

How can I get something printed?

Printing is 10 cents for black and white and 50 cents for color.

In-person printing is available using our computers. You may also mail the document to or send it via the email form found on our Ask Us page. Please include a contact name, phone or email, and the file as an attachment. Documents can be paid for and picked up at the second floor Info Desk.

Is The Book End open?

No, The Book End is closed but they are able to accept small donations of 10 books at the Help Desk.

You can also buy a surprise bunch of books.

Safety procedures

In-person browsing is currently available for 15 minutes per day.

Guidelines for you

  • Masks covering your mouth and nose are required
  • Maintain at least 6 feet distance from others
  • Please stay home if you have COVID-19 symptoms
  • No eating or drinking in the building

What we're doing

  • Staff are behind plexiglass barriers
  • Hand sanitizer and masks are available
  • Frequently cleaning shared space surfaces
  • Distancing computers to maintain social distance

Reopening plan


While subject to change, this overview is our guide to reopening as it becomes safe to do so. Each phase includes the services provided in previous phases.

Download the reopening plan

Phase 1: Phone, Chat, & Web-based Services

  • Chat, email, and phone reference available
  • Virtual programming

Phase 2: Express Pickup; Mail Holds Delivery; Remote Book Drops

  • Quick holds pickup from Library lobby
  • Pickup prints and To Go Crafts/Programs
  • Remote book drops in the community are open

Phase 3: Limited Browsing; Bookmobile Holds Pickup; Technology Access

  • Limited browsing (15 minutes)
  • Quick holds pickup from Bookmobile
  • Limited technology access available - printing, faxing, scanning (30 minutes)
  • Iowa DOT kiosk

Phase 4: Express Access to Library Building

  • Limited browsing (30 minutes)
  • Holds pickup inside the building
  • Public computer use (one 60-minute session per day)
  • Printing, faxing, copying services
  • Library card signups and renewals

Phase 5: Full Access

  • Meeting rooms and study rooms will be in use
  • Onsite library programs offered
  • Outreach services are reengaged
  • Library volunteers are scheduled for onsite service
  • The Library is fully open