UPDATE: As of March 15, 2020, the City has temporarily closed some facilities, including the Iowa City Public Library. Click here for the full announcement


With the announcement that the 2019 coronavirus disease, also known as COVID-19, is now community spread in Iowa the City of Iowa City is making changes to slow the spread. 

The Iowa City Public Library is adjusting its service model in response to guidance from the State Library of Iowa and information from the Johnson County Department of Public Health, the Iowa Department of Public Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the World Health Organization. We are scaling back a carefully selected group of services effective immediately, through April 3, or until further notice.

  • All library-sponsored programs, events, and classes are postponed
  • The Library Volunteer Program is suspended
  • All outreach is canceled, except the Bookmobile
  • All toys and art supplies have been removed from the Children’s Room

Other library services will continue to be available and staff look forward to serving patrons in the building, on the Bookmobile, via phone, and online.  We recommend checking the online calendar or calling the library before a specific event.

Patrons who are unable to visit the Library may access a number of digital services with a library card from home, including: eBooks and digital audiobooks, animated picture books, magazines, movies, local music, and the Digital History Project. Storytimes , local history presentations, and other programs are available on our streaming video site. If you have any questions, please call the library at 319-356-5200 or use email or chat options.

Visit www.icpl.org or call 319-356-5200 for updated information about library services.

Date of publication

Friday, March 13, 2020