About Us

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.

Upcoming Holiday Hours

Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Closing at 5:00pm ~ Thanksgiving Eve

Thursday, November 26, 2020
CLOSED ~ Thanksgiving Day

Thursday, December 24, 2020
CLOSED ~ Christmas Eve

Friday, December 25, 2020
CLOSED ~ Christmas Day

Library Hours

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

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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

The next board meeting will be held via conference call. The meeting materials are here.

Library Board Members

matt garst

Matt Garst



Buck Christensen

Vice President


Anne Rohling

Stacy Goodman

Stacy Goodman

kathy penkert

Kathy Penkert

Leo Martin

Leo Martin


Cindy Keithley


Jeff Snow

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.


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