About Us


“The Council Bluffs Public Library is committed to enriching, informing and empowering our community”

Based on feedback from the community, the library is operated under a Strategic Plan designed to meet the changing needs of Council Bluffs citizens, families, and businesses. Click here to read the 2014-2015 Annual Report. Click here to read this months Director’s Report.

There has been a library in Council Bluffs since 1866, when it was a subscription library for only men over the age of 12. The Carnegie Library was built in 1904 at 200 Pearl Street and opened as a “Free Public Library” for all. The current building at 400 Willow Avenue opened in 1998. It was built for $13.5 million dollars and is 67,500 square feet.

Annual Report

By the Numbers

100Number of Public Computers
4Meeting Rooms for Public Use
48,738Registered Card Holders
186,970Materials in Collection
1,733Average Number of Check-outs / Day
67,500Square ft. of Building
40Full and Part-time staff
68Hours Open / Week

Library Board

The Council Bluffs Public Library is governed by the Board of Library Trustees and is comprised of 9 members who are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by City Council. Each member serves a six year term. As defined in the Board By-laws, the primary duties of the Board include:

  • Serves as a liaison between the library and the community
  • Acts as a policy-making board
  • Assists in budget preparation
  • Control of expenditure of funds allocated to the library
  • Responsible for the appointment of a librarian

The current members of the Library Board of Trustees are:

  • Warren Weber – President
  • Anne Rohling – Vice President
  • Steve Regan and Idella Spann – Co-Secretary
  • Jordan Preston
  • James Watson
  • Matt Garst
  • Kathy Penkert
  • Alison Smith

For more information please contact: Kathy Rieger – Library Director