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

Sunday, December 24 CLOSED (Christmas Eve)

Monday, December 25 CLOSED (Christmas Day)

Sunday, December 31 CLOSE at 5 PM (New Year’s Eve)

Monday, January 1 CLOSED (New Year’s Day)

Library Hours

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

kids enjoying library events


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Full & Part-time Staff

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

There are no positions open at this time.

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


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