About Us

About the Library

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

The Council Bluffs Public Library is designed to meeting the changing needs of Council Bluffs citizens, families and businesses. We offer children, teen, and adult services so we can meet specific requests for a variety of ages. We also have a tech lab with all of the tools and programs to allow you to keep innovating. Explore our site to learn more about what the Council Bluffs Library has to offer.

Upcoming Holiday Hours

Monday, May 28 CLOSED (Memorial Day)

Wednesday, July 4 CLOSED (Independence Day)

Monday, September 3 CLOSED (Labor Day)

Sunday, November 11 CLOSED (Veterans Day)

Library Hours

Monday – Thursday 9:00am – 9:00pm
Friday – Saturday 9:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday – 1:00pm – 5:00pm

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Library Board of Trustees

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 are 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

Library Board Members


Anne Rohling


matt garst

Matt Garst

Vice President

steve regan

Steve Regan


library board memeber

Idella Spann


kathy penkert

Kathy Penkert


Buck Christensen

james watson

James Watson

library staff

Jordan Preston

Alison Smith

Alison Smith


Director’s Report

Are you looking to stay up-to date with everything going on at the library? Check back here every month for a detailed report on all of the happenings around the library. From facility and staff changes to collections and services, the Director’s Report has everything you need!

Click here to download the PDF for this month’s Director’s Report.

Careers at the Library

Part-Time Circulation Position

Starting Date: August 20, 2018

Applications taken until filled.

 Library Assistant – Circulation

Duties include: Billing Clerk, Circulation Desk

 28 hrs. per week; some evenings and weekends


  • High School diploma or equivalent (GED) with library technical assistant degree or two years of college or 4 years library experience.
  • Ability to work in a pleasant and effective manner with customers, co-workers, other agencies and departments.
  • Ability to assist patrons in their searches including retrieving and reshelving all types of the materials. Working knowledge of the alphabet and numerical library system.
  • Proficient in personal computer skills including email, and word processing.
  • Ability to read, understand and follow oral and written instructions and make decisions within established guidelines.
  • Ability to be creative, flexible and to prioritize tasks.
  • Ability to work with a minimum of supervision and regularly take personal initiative to execute work responsibilities.
  • Ability to use independent judgment to make decisions.
  • Must be able to work some nights and weekends; and flexible enough to switch when necessary.


  • Frequently required to walk, sit, talk and hear.
  • Frequently required to use hands to handle, feel or operate objects, tools or controls and to reach with hands and arms.
  • Hand-eye coordination is necessary to operate computers and various office equipment.
  • Occasionally required to climb or balance; stoop, kneel or crawl.
  • Occasionally lift and/or move objects of 40 pounds or more.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Spanish speaking a plus. EOE

Please submit application, resume and cover letter to the circulation desk or abouska@councilbluffslibrary.org

General Application. Click here to download an application. Applications can be printed and returned to the Circulation Desk.


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