Press ReleaseIowa City Public Library Moves to Express Access on March 24th

Phase 4 of the Library’s reopening plan welcomes patrons indoors for browsing.

Express Access provides the public with an opportunity to come into the building again for limited visits.

In addition to previously available services including Lobby Grab and Go, new services will include:

  • Limited browsing (30 minutes)
  • Holds pickup inside the building
  • Public computer use (walk-ins only, for one 60-minute session a day)
  • Wifi access
  • Printing, faxing, copying services
  • Library card signups and renewals

The number of people allowed inside the building at one time will be limited, and everyone age 2 and older must always wear a mask over their nose and mouth while inside the library.

To that effect, eating and drinking inside the Library is prohibited at this time, and seating has been removed to accommodate capacity.

Computer and DOT Kiosk Access Details:

Hours of operation: Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sunday 12 Noon - 5 p.m.

Public Access Computers:

  • 1 Hour, rolling sessions, no extensions
  • No advance signup. Walk-ins only from Linn Street lobby doors, Check In at the welcome desk.
  • Printing: Free black-and-white printing available, limited to 10 pages
  • Faxing: Free, limited to 10 pages
  • Headphones and charging cords are available for use

Hold Pickup Details:

  • Cardholders are invited to visit to put items on hold
  • Please wait to receive notification that materials are ready before visiting the Library
  • Pick items up inside the building

Masks and social distancing are required for all services and capacity and staff assistance will be limited.

For more information, visit or call the Library Monday through Saturday between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. or Sunday between 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. at 319-356-5200.

The Iowa City Public Library is a center of community life that connects people of all ages with information, engages them with the world of ideas and with each other, and enriches the community by supporting learning, promoting literacy, and encouraging creativity.

Phase 4