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Who can get a library card:

  • All residents of the city of Dyersville, and all non-resident individuals owning property in the City of Dyersville, and their spouses and children.
  • All rural residents of Delaware County, or residents of those cities who contract for services with the Delaware County Library Association.
  • All residents of cities having a contract with the James Kennedy Public Library.
  • All those whose taxing bodies provide financial support for library service at a participating Open Access Library.
  • All those who live outside of the Dubuque/Delaware County area who pay the annual non-resident patron fee of $96.00 per household or $48.00 per individual.  Dubuque and Delaware County residents are not eligible to purchase library cards.
  • Non-resident patron fees will be pro-rated at $8.00 per month for a household, or $4.00 per individual figured from the month of payment to the end of the fiscal year (June 30).
  • Fees will be waived for those who meet the Federal Income Assistance guidelines.  Anyone interested in this may contact the Library Director for more information.
  • Library card may be issued to businesses meeting the above residence requirements if the business is owned by an individual.  Cards will not be issued to legal entities such as partnerships or corporations.  For businesses which meet the above requirements, an individual accepting responsibility for all lost and/or damaged items checked out on that card must be identified, as well as a list of all those who may utilize that card on behalf of the business.
  • Signature of either parent or guardian is required on application cards for all applicants 17 years old or younger.


How to apply:

  • Applicant (or parent) must show some form of identification with current address.  This could be a license, check with name and address information imprinted, or postmarked mail addressed to applicant at current address (such as utility bill, phone bill etc.).
  • Applicant must fill out an application form card.
  • Patron will receive library card at the time application.
  • Patron will be limited to no more than five items checked out on their card for the first three months.  This restriction will be lifted after three months, assuming the new patron has kept their card in good standing.
  • A "Welcome to the Library" postcard will be sent via United States mail service.  If this postcard is not returned, subsequent checkouts are not limited.


How to use your library card:

  • Most library materials are loaned for a period of fourteen (14) days.
  • Magazines will be loaned for a period of seven (7) days.
  • Videos, DVDs, console games, CD-Roms are loaned for seven (7) days.
  • Patrons may request a reserve on items not immediately available.  See Reserve Procedures for more details.
  • Patrons may request material from other library agencies if they are not available at the James Kennedy Public Library.  See Interlibrary Loan Procedures for more details.
  • Patrons may utilize other libraries that are participants in the state Open Access programs.  Policies regarding circulation at the lending library apply.



  • Items may be renewed as long as there is no reserve on them.
  • An item may be renewed no more than twice before it needs to be returned to the library.
  • Renewals may be made by telephone.



  • As we do not wish to penalize anyone for reading, fines are not assessed.  Patrons are encouraged, however, to return books when they are due, or renew them as necessary.
  • A 'conscience box' is located at the circulation desk for those who wish to make a donation as reparation for overdue materials.
  • The following procedure is followed in order to assure that books and materials are returned in a timely fashion.
  1. Once a week, a list of items that are more than 7 days overdue is printed.
  2. Patrons with items that are less than 21 days overdue will be notified by telephone that they have overdue materials.
  3. Patrons with items that are more than 21 days overdue will be sent a letter requesting return of the item or payment for its loss.  This letter will also inform them that they will not be allowed to check further materials out of the library until this matter is resolved.
  4. As value of the materials warrants, an additional bill, along with the code of Iowa pertaining to libraries and theft, will be sent via certified mail.
  5. Following the provision of Iowa Code 714.5, accounts with items that are more than 2 months overdue will be turned over to the Dyersville Police Department.
  6. Patrons who must be contacted frequently regarding overdue books may be limited to having a maximum of 6 items checked out at one time.  This limit may be enacted at the library director's discretion.