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FAQ

You have two options to renew your Library Card. Call us at (319) 356-5200 with your card number while we are open. To renew by chat or email, send us your Library Card number, current address, phone, and email.

Apply for a Library Card online or in person at the first floor Help Desk or Bookmobile. Please bring a photo ID. If your ID does not show your current address, bring an official piece of mail (e.g., a utility bill) to confirm your address and receive your card. If you do not have a permanent address, talk to staff at the Help Desk.

Find more information, including information about Children’s cards, on the Library Cards page.

Yes! Go to the second floor and ask for help at the Info Desk or Page Station.

  • Black and white printing: 10¢ per page
  • Color printing: 50¢ per page
  • Outgoing domestic faxes: $1 per page
  • Scanning: Free!

Unfortunately the Library does not accept incoming faxes for patrons. Find more information, including scanning specifications, on the Computers & Technology page.

Yes! We have first-come, first-served study rooms on the second floor. Ask at the second floor Page Station to see if a discussion room is available.

Need to reserve a room for a future meeting? Please review our Meeting Rooms page and the eligibility requirements for reserving a public meeting room.

Regular Library hours are:

  • Monday through Thursday 10am to 9pm
  • Friday 10am to 8pm
  • Saturday 10am to 6pm
  • Sunday 12 to 5pm

Check our Holiday Hours page for changes.

Call us at (319) 356-5200 and we will renew your items if eligible.

To renew on the website:

  1. Go to “My Account”
  2. Log in to your account with your Library Card number and password
  3. Select “Checkouts”
  4. Check the boxes for the items you want to renew
  5. Click the “Renew Marked” button
  6. Verify the titles were renewed before logging out

Sometimes items can’t be renewed. See the list of possible reasons on the Cards FAQ page.

You can access ebooks and audiobooks through OverDrive. Sign in with your Library Card and password. For North Liberty and Coralville residents, you must use your Library Card from your respective libraries to access OverDrive. Pick your library from the drop-down before signing in.

If you don’t know your password, call us at (319) 356-5200 to reset it. Or if you have an email address in your Library Account, use the password reset page.

Mobile users can also get OverDrive’s Libby app on their smartphone or tablet. Learn how on OverDrive’s Help page.

The OverDrive collection is limited to residents of Iowa City, Hills, Lone Tree, rural Johnson County, Coralville, and North Liberty.

We can print tax forms any time of year at the second floor Info Desk. Printing is 10¢ per page.

During tax season, accounting students from the UI Tippie College of Business assist qualified taxpayers through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. There is no charge for the service, and it is a first-come, first-served basis. Learn more about VITA at the Beta Alpha Psi page.

ICPL hosts a self-service kiosk maintained by the Iowa DOT. Residents can renew or replace an Iowa driver’s license or ID at the Iowa DOT kiosk, which is located on the second floor of the Library. You can pay with a credit or debit card, and you use the receipt while waiting for the ID to be mailed to you.

See full details on the Iowa DOT’s Kiosk page.

Yes. Call us at (319) 356-5200 or visit the first floor Help Desk to check for your item.

Items found on the second floor may take a day or two to be transferred to the main Lost & Found. If you lost an item recently on the second floor, ask at the Page Station to see if they have your item.

Yes, and more. Visit the Online Resources page to see the full list.

All online resources can be used in the building and most are available at home if you live in Iowa City, Hills, University Heights, Lone Tree, or rural Johnson County. You will need your Library Card and password to access them.

Ancestry is an example of one that can only be used at the Library.

Thanks for asking! Financial donations can be made online from the Donate page. Checks can be mailed to the following:

ICPL Friends Foundation
123 S. Linn St.
Iowa City, IA 52240

Used books can be donated at the first floor Help Desk, though there are some items we can’t accept.

If you shop on Amazon, consider ordering from AmazonSmile and choosing “Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation” as your charity of choice.