About the Library
“The Council Bluffs Public Library is committed to enriching, informing and empowering our community.”
The Council Bluffs Public Library exists to meet 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. Click here to read the Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2019-20.
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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
Board meetings are held on the third Wednesday of the month at 4:30 pm at the Library.
Click here to download the PDF for this month’s Board Packet.
Library Board Members
Hello Council Bluffs!
Welcome to Winter! Allow me to introduce myself as your new Library Director. From my first day on the job, it has been clear the support and love for the public library that the City of Council Bluffs has. I am excited to meet you all and serve you through our mission of enriching, informing, and empowering.
Here are a few ways in which we are doing that during these Winter months. Currently we are host to a “Telepoem” booth through a partnership with PACE. This vintage telephone booth sits in our entry where you can pick up the receiver and hear a poem. Learn more about poetry and try your hand at writing poetry by checking out a book today!
Teen Central is open and ready for you to stop in to use a computer or ipad or pick up a Tinker ZoneTo Go kit. Don’t forget about the homework help BrainFuse Learning Library resource that is available from our website https://www.councilbluffslibrary.org/research/.
Experience a Storytime Anytime with our Youth Manager Anna. New storytime videos are posted every week to our YouTube channel and are a quick and wonderful way to engage in early literacy with our youngest friends. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9DSkx4Rfpr4lxyiIRhlHZg Don’t forget to stop by and pick up a book or two and a Pre-K Café or Fun on the Go kit next time you swing by the library.
Explore your community by using one of our area passes which now includes The Durham Museum. Other area attractions included Fontenelle Forest, Heartland Bcycle, Lauritzen Gardens, Omaha Children’s Museum, and Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. Some passes are limited in number or you may have to wait until a pass becomes available.
There are so many ways to engage with your library during these Winter months as we all stay safe and healthy. Visit the library in person (while wearing a face covering), to use a computer, make copies, check out a book, pick-up a craft, or attend a program (while distancing from others). If you would rather access the library virtually, visit our website, www.councilbluffslibrary.org, to place items on hold, access our ematerials, view programs both live and recorded, and get your questions answered using our new chat service where you can connect with a live staff member. Don’t forget about using our Curbside Service to grab items without needing to leave the warmth of your car. Simply place the item on HOLD and once it is available, swing by and notify us via or Library App or a phone call and we will bring the item to your car!
However you choose to use the library, we are here for you and look forward to seeing you soon!
Careers at the Library
There are currently no job openings.