Library of Things

Supporting Lifelong Learning & Creativity

Our Library of Things is a catalog of items available for you to checkout! Your library card gives you access to all of these awesome items, from board games and kits to cake pans! The goal is to give the community access to items that support creativity without the burden of having to purchase them. For more information about the Library of Things, contact us.

Free admission to local area attractions, such as Durham Museum, Fontenelle Forest, Lauritzen Gardens, Omaha Children’s Museum, Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, and Pottawattamie Conservation parks, can be obtained with a library card.  For more details, please click here.

More information coming soon!

Did you know the library has a collection of board games, all available for you to check out and take home? Games can be checked out at the Circulation Desk by the front entrance with a valid library card. Click here to see the list of games available.

Board Game Policies

No more than two game can be borrowed at a time, and you must be 11+ years old to check out a game. Board games cannot be renewed. If playing in the library, please be quiet and respectful of others using the library. Game pieces are sorted into labeled bags – when finished, return them to the correct bags. Patrons returning an incomplete game may be charged for the cost of the entire game.

Check out a cake pan with your Council Bluffs Public Library card! Cake pans are located on the second floor of the library by the cook books, and a full online listing with images of the library’s cake pan collection can be found here.

Cake Pan Policies

A damaged item fee will be charged for a cake pan returned dirty. Please return your cake pans to the Circulation Desk, please do not put them in the book drop.

Handling Instructions

Before and after usage, wash the cake pan in warm, soapy water and dry it thoroughly. Do not machine wash.

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Did you know the Council Bluffs Library has a collection of framed art to be checked out? Visit the first floor of the library to preview our collection of art prints ready to be taken home, or check out a listing of available art print titles here. to the first floor to check out our collection of art prints ready to be taken home. Art prints check out for a period of 6 weeks.

Share a story outdoors by checking out a Storywalk from the library! A fully laminated book, along with props to display the story, can be checked out with your library card for 6 weeks at a time. Perfect for a group gathering or event. For a full listing of Storywalks that are available through the library, you can find a listing of titles in our online catalog.

If you would like to donate cake pans to the library, we accept cake pans that meet the following criteria:

  • Wilton Brand character pans
  • Metal pans only
  • In excellent condition with accompanying paper insert

Pans will be added in accordance with the library’s collection development policy.