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Dubuque County has been labeled a Red Zone for COVID-19 cases. For the safety of our staff and patrons, the Library is open to the public BY APPOINTMENT ONLY


  • The library front doors remain locked at this time.
  • Appointments are limited.
  • Please schedule an appointment ahead of time.
  • Walk-ins are welcome if space allows.
  • Please wear a mask if you are able.



Appointments are available:


  • Monday - Thursday: 9:30 am - 7:00 pm
  • Friday - Saturday: 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
  • Sunday: 1:30 - 3:30 pm


Appointment types and length are as follows:

  • Browse the collection: 30 or 60 minutes
  • Use one of the library's two public access computers or three laptops: 30 or 60 minutes
  • Use the library's wifi on your own device: 30 or 60 minutes 
  • Use the study room: 60 minutes
  • Copier, scanner, fax services: 15 minutes
  • For all other needs please call the library and staff will discuss what we can do to assist.



We are continuing to offer curbside service!



Virtual programming is being scheduled so please check the library’s calendar of events for details. Digital Services are also available. Download the information sheet to find out all you can do from home!

Library materials may be returned in the exterior drop box at any time. Let us know if you have something that doesn’t fit or shouldn’t be returned in the drop box.  Returned items are quarantined for a minimum of 6 days.




Contact us via telephone at (563)875-8912 for more information.  


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Bid on one of the amazing wooden chairs or signs decorated by local community members. The silent auction runs October 13 through November 15.  Bidding can be done in person or virtually. Visit the Chair-ity page for details!  Vote for your favorite items using the form below. Ribbons will be awarded to the winners.


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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!