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The JKPL is happy to announce it has unlocked its doors effective April 1!


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The library is still following COVID-19 safety guidelines in order to keep our staff and patrons safe. Guidelines in place are:


  • Masks are required! Everyone aged three and older must wear a face covering that covers their nose and mouth while in the library, unless they are exempt due to health issues (per the Dubuque County Mask Mandate).
  • The number of patrons allowed in the library at one time for any purpose is limited to 21 individuals.
  • If capacity is reached, the library doors will be locked until someone leaves.
  • All visits will continue to be limited to 1 hour.
  • We will continue to take appointments for those who want a guaranteed time to visit, use a computer, or use the study room.
  • Curbside service will continue.
  • Everyone is expected wash or sanitize their hands upon entering the library.
  • Reusable bags will be provided upon entry for patrons to use to hold their library materials.
  • Returned / handled items will be quarantined for a minimum of 24 hours before being checked in and shelved.
  • Events will continue to be virtual.


Patrons are Welcome in the Library:

Monday—Thursday from 9:00 am—7:30 pm

Friday—Saturday from 9:00 am—4:30 pm

Sunday from 1:00—3:30 pm



Grant Received for Westside Park StoryWalk®


The library is excited to announce the opening of the Westside Park StoryWalk(®) on May 19.  A StoryWalk(®) is a fun, educational activity that places a children's story  along a popular walking route. The Westside Park StoryWalk® is made possible by funds granted by the Dubuque Racing Association and funds donated by the Friends of the James Kennedy Public Library and the Richard Osterhaus Memorial Fund.  The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library.  StoryWalk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson.


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The James Kennedy Public Library Board of Trustees is seeking one candidate to serve on the Library Board!

Information about the responsibilities of the Library Board are available on the library board page.  Applications are available at city hall or can be downloaded off the library’s website.

James Kennedy Public Library


Welcome to the James Kennedy Public Library! The library is your one stop source for all of your informational needs. We have a large selection of books, audiobooks, magazines (both print and digital), newspapers, DVDs, console games, and downloadable music and movies available to be checked out by our library card holders. Here you will also find electronic resources, news, information about our Creation Station and Library of Things, and a calendar of upcoming library events!