Know Your Library


What’s in the Library?

The library is full of materials and services that may be of interest to you. We’ve hit on the highlights below, but be sure to let us know if you have more questions about books, materials, or services available at your Library.

How do you get a Library Card?

Do you live in Council Bluffs? Then you can get a Council Bluffs Public Library card. If you are under 17, to get a library card you must be able to tell Library staff your first and last name, your address, phone number, and the name of a parent or guardian. If you would like to get a library card, please visit the staff at the Circulation Desk on the Library’s first floor.

If you lose your library card, please notify a staff member immediately so that we can keep others from finding your card and using it without your knowledge. If you need a replacement card, you can get one at the Circulation Desk for a $2 fee.

Live outside Council Bluffs or have more library card questions? Visit our Get a Library Card page for more details.

Can I check out Library materials if I have fines?

If the fines on your library card are under $25, you are considered in good standing and can continue to check out Library materials.

If your fines are over $25 and you are in grades 6-12, Teen Central can offer you fine forgiveness in two ways.

If your fines are fairly minor, we recommend you sign up to volunteer and we will forgive your fines at a rate of $5 per 30 minutes of volunteer time.

If you really messed up and your fines are MAJOR, we recommend our Second Chance Program. This program is a one-time chance to bring your card back into good standing, no questions asked. But remember, you can only take advantage of this program one time between grades 6 and 12, so use it wisely!

To take part in this program, you should come to Teen Central in person. Bring your library card, a photo ID, or a parent so that we can verify that you are who you say you are. After you have been given your Second Chance, we encourage you to return your Library materials on time, to take care of the items you borrow from us (don’t let your dog chew your books or leave your DVDs in the hot car!) and never let anyone else use your library card. Next time your fines climb over $25, you will be required to pay them before you can borrow materials again.

Love to read? Need to read for school? Either way, we’ve got tons for you to choose from! The Young Adult Fiction, Nonfiction, and Audio books are housed on the shelves immediately outside Teen Central. The materials in this collection are selected by the Teen Services Librarian and cover a wide range of interests and reading levels. In general, the collection is designed to serve library users in grades 6-12.
Do you love Japanese culture? How about graphic novels? Check out our manga collection! Literally, manga actually means “whimsical pictures and sketches” and is a term that was coined in 19th Century Japan. The modern books that have adopted this name are Japanese graphic novels translated into English. In order for the story to remain true to its original design, manga books read in the Japanese style—from right to left. So, you read a manga from what Americans would consider back to front, as well as reading the panels on the page “backwards.”The Library owns over 2,500 manga books and they are located on the short shelves near the Young Adult Collection.
You may also be interested in the books located in other areas of the Library. Look for Adult Fiction and Audio books, and Youth Fiction, Nonfiction, and Audio books on the first floor. You’ll find general Nonfiction on the Library’s second floor.

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Check out the Library’s extensive Media Collection, located on the first floor. The Library has thousands of popular DVDs, including both movies and TV series. We also have video games for several gaming systems available for checkout, as well as CDs.

Do you have an iPod, MP3 player, iPad, or some other awesome electronic device? The library has lots of materials available for you to download. We have popular titles available as ebook downloads, we offer audio books as digital downloads, and you can even download up to 3 free songs a week through our subscription service, Freegal. Visit our eLibrary page for more details.

The Library subscribes to a number of databases that can help you do research for school, learn about your family’s ancestry, and figure out what books you might enjoy. Visit our Library Databases page for more information.

The Library offers Internet access for teens in grades 6-12 in Teen Central. Library users are limited to 1 hour per day on Library Internet computers. Computers in the Council Bluffs Public Library do not contain filtering software. Concerned parents should accompany their child to the library if they would like to monitor Internet activity.
The Library also offers free Wi-Fi access available throughout the building. Have more questions? Check our Internet & Wi-Fi page for more details.


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