Library Accounts

Get a Library Card

Library cards are issued at the library Circulation Desk on the first floor of the library. Your library card will provide you access to library materials, online content and the plethora of other services we have to offer. To sign up for a library card, bring a photo ID with a current address. 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.

Register Online

Registering online for a library card will create a temporary library card that expires 2 months after being issued. This will allow access to the library’s online resources only. Bring your photo ID with current address information to the front Circulation Desk to extend your account. Iowa residents only.

Additional Information


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 participating transitional, emergency, correctional, temporary, halfway 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. Individual residents in transitional, emergency, correctional, temporary or half-way housing must bring the temporary housing form on Library letterhead with a staff signature of the facility where they reside as proof of address. Non-residents, temporary residents, and others who do not qualify for a free card can purchase a card for a small fee.

Fee-Based Cards

Individuals living outside the state of Iowa may purchase a Council Bluffs Public Library card for $15.00/quarter. For more information, contact the Circulation Desk at

LIT Student Accounts

Library Information Technology (LIT) student accounts allow students registered in the Council Bluffs Community School District to have access to physical and digital resources of the Council Bluffs Public Library.  More information about LIT Student Accounts can be found here.

Organizations applying for cards

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

Loan Periods & Item Limits

To view information about loan periods and item limits, click here.