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The James Kennedy Public Library is open to the public BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. For the safety of our staff and library patrons, access and services are limited, and new procedures are in place.  Appointments are available:


  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday from 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
  • Tuesday & Thursday 1:00 - 7:30 pm. 

Please call ahead to schedule an appointment; however walk-ups are welcome if space allows.


Appointments are limited and visitors are only allowed to stay in the library for no longer than their scheduled appointment. Library doors will continue to remain locked and those with appointments will be let in when they arrive.  Everyone will be asked to wash or sanitize their hands upon entering and are encouraged to wear a mask.  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 rooms: 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 services. Read more about it here.

  • Monday – Thursday from 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Friday & Saturday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.


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!

Materials may be returned in the exterior drop box at any time. If you have an item that does not fit in the drop box please call the library and we can arrange for your items to be dropped off.   Returned items are quarantined for a minimum of 72 hours.

Please call the library at (563)875-8912 to make an appointment, to schedule curbside service, or for more information. Download the full re-opening statement and read it here. To stay current on all information regarding the library, check this website or our social media (Facbook, Twitter, Instagram).















Summer Reading Programs for all ages begin June 1.  Visit our Summer Reading Program page for all the details!


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The James Kennedy Public Library Board of Trustees is seeking three candidates to serve on the Library Board starting July 1, 2020!

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!