Get a Library Card

Library cards are issued to individuals and organizations at the library Circulation Desk. In addition to allowing you to check out library materials, your library card provides access to online content including electronic books, media, and databases.

To get a library card

Bring a photo ID with a current address to the Circulation Desk on the first floor of the library.
If the address on your ID is not current, bring one or more of the following:

  • Utility bill
  • Car registration
  • Government Assistant Letter
  • Bank Statement or Checkbook

Individuals under 17 years of age will be issued a card after providing correct information including full name, address, phone number, and parent/legal guardian name.

Pre-Register online

Pre-registration will create a temporary library account and speed up the process of getting your library card at the circulation desk. Click here to pre-register for a library card.

Reciprocal borrowing

Don’t live in town? In addition to permanent residents of the city of Council Bluffs, free library cards are issued to:

  • Group homes or assisted living facilities
  • Iowa Open Access program participants
  • Residents in transitional, emergency, correctional, temporary, half-way or permanent group homes
  • Residents of Crescent, Minden, McClelland, Treynor, and Underwood
  • Unincorporated and rural areas of Pottawattamie County

Photo ID and proof of address required. Non-residents, temporary residents, and others who do not qualify for a free card can purchase a card for $5.00 a month.


Schools, agencies, businesses, or other institutions wishing to apply for a card must provide, on agency letterhead, a written statement, signed by the responsible fiscal agent, accepting financial liability for all lost or damaged items, along with the names of the individuals permitted to use the card before a card will be issued.
All rules, regulations, and fees which apply to an individual card holder also apply to the organizational card.

Fee-Based Cards

Individuals living outside the state of Iowa may purchase a Council Bluffs Public Library card for $5.00/month ($60.00/year). For more information, contact the Circulation Desk.


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