Freebies on the Bookmobile!

by Shawna Riggins on January 9th, 2018

The ICPL Bookmobile is officially back on the road! The Winter/Spring schedule runs from Jan 8 – May 24 with lots of new and continued stops for you to check out. To celebrate the New Year and new schedule, we will be giving away magnetic clips, as supplies last, when you stop on the Bookmobile. I am using a clip at my house as a way to display the new schedule on my refrigerator.Bookmobile Clip and Brochure

If you don’t have an up to date Library card, or maybe you’ve never had one, we would love to make you a Library card while on the Bookmobile and tell you all about the ways you can use your library. The free stuff on the Bookmobile doesn’t end with your new fridge clip – Browse our selection of books and movies for all ages or consider placing a hold from the Downtown collection to be picked up on the Bookmobile. Also keep in mind that all children’s materials checked out on the Bookmobile don’t have fines.

Check our schedule on our webpage to see where and when you can find the Bookmobile or call the library for information, 319-356-5200. See you soon!

Meeting Rooms @ ICPL

by Kara Logsden on June 14th, 2018

The Library has 5 meeting rooms available for community organizations to use free of charge. Information about each room is available on the Library’s webpage and includes details about room capacity, standard set-ups, equipment in the rooms and hours the rooms are available.

The Library’s meeting rooms are in high demand. In FY17 there were 1,497 community meetings with an estimated attendance of 30,883. In addition, there were 2,055 Library uses of the meeting rooms for programs, events, training and meetings.

Community groups are welcome to use the Library’s meeting rooms. According to Library Board Policy, “Rooms are available to non-profit corporations (defined as those entities granted tax-exempt status by the IRS under section 501(c)(3) or other tax exempt sections of the Internal Revenue Code), a candidate’s campaign committee (as defined in Iowa Code §68A.102(5)), a political committee (as defined by Iowa Code §68A.102 (18), a non-profit citizen’s group that provides appropriate contact information, a governmental subdivision, or a department/division/bureau of a governmental subdivision”

Please note – Rooms are not available for private parties or use as a regularly scheduled classroom or study space by educational institutions.

To schedule a meeting room, navigate to the Meeting Room information webpage and click on “Request a Meeting Room.” You may also call the Library at 319-356-5200 during regular business hours or stop by the Library’s Help Desk or Information Desk.

May Outreach and Summertime Fun

by Heidi Kuchta on June 5th, 2018

May was a busy month in Outreach activities, as I got ready to hunker down for my busy summer months inside the library. Jen Eilers and I kicked off May with a tech help visit down the street at Ecumenical Towers. With about six residents in attendance, we answered many questions about Digital Johnson County and how to manage your library account online. I also promoted the Senior Tech Zone which takes place at ICPL’s Digital Media Lab every Thursday 10:30AM to 12:30PM.

To those who like to donate books and other lightly used media to ICPL: your donations definitely go to good use – whether here in the library or outside of it at one of our Outreach libraries!  In May I dropped off books at several of the Outreach locations I serve – the lounge at Prelude Behavioral Services and their Transitional Housing Apartments, the Crisis Center, as well as the Four Oaks Youth Shelter.  I was very happy to give Four Oaks a collection of Harry Potter and other fun family DVDs in excellent shape. Many foreign language titles in French, Spanish, and various Asian languages have been coming in, too. I usually donate these to the Crisis Center which has many ELL (English Language Learning) clients.

At the end of May, residents of Walden Place retirement community came to visit us for a tour! Terri Byers talked about check-in and collection inspection volunteer opportunities, and Patty McCarthy spoke about volunteering at The Book End. One woman even left the Book End with a stack of books she purchased for her granddaughter! Another of the Walden Place residents was a lifelong School Librarian at Hoover, and she specifically wanted to give the Children’s Room a visit. (She was very impressed, by the way. She gathered each of the Children’s desk handouts to look at later.) Several Walden Place tour participants who are new to Iowa City chose to sign up for library cards while here.

May was such a well-rounded month that I now feel content to turn my attention to the Summer Reading Program and the brand new Summer Bookmobile schedule. I look forward to covering several Bookmobile shifts over the Summer to get out of downtown for a spell. With so much going on here at the library, we certainly have something for everyone!


RAGBRAI T-Shirts for Sale @ICPL

by Kara Logsden on June 4th, 2018

RAGBRAI is rolling through Iowa City on Friday July 27. To celebrate, there are official RAGRAI t-shirts for sale at a number of locations, including the Library’s Help Desk, for $20 while supplies last.

The shirts for sale at the Library are Canvas Bella cotton/poly blend in size medium and large in both black and gold versions. Additional sizes are available through online ordering at the official RAGBRAI Merchandise webpage.

All t-shirt proceeds offset RAGBRAI expenses. Any profits from the event will go to the United Way of Johnson and Washington Counties.

The official RAGBRAI-Iowa City webpage includes everything you need to know about July 27th events and the webpage is updated as additional information becomes available.

If you are interested in volunteering for RAGBRAI, there are many opportunities available. More information is at the RAGBRAI-Iowa City webpage.



Bookmobile @ Juneteenth June 23

by Kara Logsden on June 3rd, 2018

Bookmobile at Mercer ParkThe ICPL Bookmobile will be at the June 23 Juneteenth Commemoration from Noon to 5:00 pm. This year’s commemoration will be at Mercer Park, 2701 Bradford Drive in Iowa City. More information about Iowa City’s Juneteenth commemoration is available at the Juneteenth webpage and on Facebook.

Juneteenth is an annual commemoration of the 1865 abolition of slavery in the United States. Sometimes Juneteenth is called African American Emancipation Day.

The theme of Iowa City’s 2018 Juneteenth commemoration is “Other Mother: It takes a Village.” We’ll see you at Mercer Park on June 23!

Stories in the Park with the Bookmobile Kicks off in June

by Mari Redington on May 30th, 2018

You don’t have to choose between a morning trip to the library for storytime or a playground visit before the sun gets too hot this summer, check out Stories in the Park all summer long! The Iowa City Public Library’s summertime outdoor reading series, Stories in the Park, will be held from 10:30 to 11 a.m. June 4 through August 3 at the following locations:

  • Monday at Willow Creek Park, 1177 Teg Dr.
  • Wednesday at Wetherby Park, 2400 Taylor Dr.
  • Friday at Mercer Park, 2701 Bradford Dr.

Stories in the Park is a mix of traditional storytimes and special performances, most similar to Preschool Storytime at the downtown library,  but appropriate for all ages. On traditional storytime days, you can expect stories, songs, and rhymes. Special performances will be mostly musical in nature in celebration of our Summer Reading theme Libraries Rock!

Children, parents and caregivers should remember to bring their Library Card in order to check out books and DVDs from the Bookmobile. If you need to sign up for a card you can do that on the Bookmobile as well.  You can sign up for the Summer Reading Program and redeem prizes for Babies & Toddlers, Kids, Teens and Adults on the bookmobile at all of scheduled stops. See the bookmobile summer schedule to plan your visits. the Bookmobile will also be at all of the Thursday Party in the Park events this summer for your library needs, see the Party in the Park schedule to find out when we’ll be in your neighborhood!

In the event of rain, the Monday and Wednesday storytimes will be held at the Library and the Friday storytimes will be cancelled. However, the Bookmobile will still travel to the parks, rain or shine, so visitors can check out items. There won’t be Stories in the Park or Bookmobile service on Wednesday, July 4.

Be sure to plan on attending a few of the special Stories in the Park programs, this summer, here’s what we have scheduled: Read the rest of this entry »

The Bookmobile is on break – Where are my Holds?

by Shawna Riggins on May 25th, 2018

Summer is nearly here – The thermometers are creeping up, school is winding down, and the 2018 Winter/Spring Bookmobile schedule has wrapped up. The 2018 Summer Bookmobile schedule begins Monday, June 4th and runs through Friday, August 17th. Next week, May 28 through June 1, the Bookmobile is out of service for a seasonal service break. If you had holds you were expecting to pick up on the Bookmobile, those items are currently available at the Downtown Library building. Simply ask at the Help Desk for help finding these materials. All holds that have been requested to be delivered to the Bookmobile have also been extended to give folks a chance to pick them up during our first week of service. If you are unsure about when or where you can find an item you placed on hold, call the Library at 319-356-5200.

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Little Free Libraries in Iowa City

by Stacey McKim on May 24th, 2018

Last month, we hosted a community display about Iowa City’s many Little Free Libraries.  Did you vote for the LFL you most wanted to visit?  If so, the results are in!

1st Place: 1425 Franklin Street, a bright Little Free Library with flamingo accents
2nd Place: 116 Raven Street, the gothic Little Free Library with Día de Muertos features

The display also promoted a Little Free Library scavenger hunt during the month of May, run by the Alexander Elementary PTO.  There’s still time to participate!  Take photos of yourself with as many Little Free Libraries as possible and email them to  The visitor to the most LFLs in Iowa City will win a prize basket full of many Iowa City treats, including a Downtown District gift card, an Englert voucher, knitting lessons, garden seeds, and more!

If your community group is interested in putting up a display at the Iowa City Public Library, please contact or call 319-887-6025 for more information.

No Bookmobile Service May 25 through June 3

by Kara Logsden on May 11th, 2018

2017-07-bookmobileThe Bookmobile Spring Schedule concludes on Thursday May 24 and the Summer Schedule begins on Monday June 4, 2018. We’ve had a great Spring and look forward to a busy summer including Stories in the Park programs.

A break between schedule periods gives us time for vehicle maintenance, deep cleaning, and restocking the Bookmobile with great new Library materials.

On days when the Bookmobile is not in service, but the Library is open, Holds and ILLs may be picked up at the Library. We will not capture any holds when the Bookmobile is not in service, so there may be a period of time when the Bookmobile is on break when holds will be at the Library waiting for pick-up. Don’t worry, though, because the 7 day waiting period for picking up a hold does not begin until we “trap” the hold. That’s when we send the eMail, call you on the telephone, or mail your Hold Pick-up Notice.

For full Bookmobile schedule information, navigate to

Free streaming movies!

by Brian Visser on May 2nd, 2018

The Iowa City Public Library is now offering streaming movies from Kanopy.  All you need is a Library card and to be a resident of Iowa City, Hills, Lone Tree, University Heights, or rural Johnson County.
Kanopy set up is easy.  Go to to get started.

You’ll be greeted by this screen:

After clicking “Continue,” click on “Sign Up”:

Kanopy wants your first and last name and an email–you’ll want to use a real email because they have you verify it. Create a password as well:

Kanopy will send you an email to verify your account:

After you have verified your email, it will ask you to add your Library card:

Almost there! You’ll get screen that lets you know how much you can stream per month:

Now you can click on a movie and start watching!

CHOMP on a Good Book

by Kara Logsden on May 1st, 2018

No time to pick-up your Holds at the Iowa City Public Library? CHOMP Delivery service can help! Beginning Tuesday May 1, CHOMP will deliver Iowa City Public Library holds to your door.

Once your Holds are ready for pick-up at the Downtown Library, login to and schedule your delivery. CHOMP delivery charges for this service begin at $2.99 plus a $1.49 convenience fee. The total cost depends on how close you live to the Library. CHOMP delivers to Iowa City, Coralville, North Liberty, University Heights, Hills and Tiffin.

CHOMP is a locally-owned delivery service. Although CHOMP traditionally delivers food, they are offering the convenience of delivering Holds from the Downtown Library during regular Library hours. A CHOMP account is required for this service and delivery fees apply.

For more information, navigate to or contact staff at the Iowa City Public Library.