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Borrowers may have a total of 100 items checked out at a time, with the exception of new card holders who will have a limit of 3 (three) items checked out at a time, temporary residents who will have a limit of 1 (one) item checked out at a time and guest card holders who will have a limit of 3 (three) items checked out total for period of time the card is valid.In order to maximize access to some collections in the Library, each borrower is limited to ten (10) DVDs, two (2) “Books--o-Go” and two (2) "DVDs or Blu-rays- to -Go." Borrowers may have a total of three (3) Interlibrary Loan items on their account at a time.
Most items can be renewed once. Exceptions include Books-to-Go and Children’s 7-day holiday books. If, however, there is a waiting list for any item renewals are not allowed.
When you apply for your library card you will be asked if you prefer to be notified by, telephone, email, or text message. You can change the method by which you are notified at any time by calling the Library at 589-4225 or online.
Pick up ILL material at the Circulation Desk.
Yes. Materials returns boxes are located at the main entrance, a drive-up box on Bluff Street side of the Library, at Eleanor Roosevelt Middle School located at 2001 Radford Road, in the parking lot of the Hy-Vee grocery store at Asbury Plaza, and these are available 24 hours each day. Material return boxes are also located in the Kennedy Mall at the Information Desk and available 7 days a week during regular mall hours.
Downloadable materials are digital versions of books, music, and magazines that you can check out and read or listen to on your portable listening device such as an iPod, smartphone, iPad, or with an e-Reader. The Library also checks out mini-iPads.
The C-SPL Maker Space, located on the second floor of the Library, is a place with a focus on creation - everything from music and videos to 3D printing and jewelry making and more! Makerspaces can provide an area for collaborative learning and creativity as well as accommodate individuals. Technology is often associated with maker spaces, but the possibilities for creation are endless! Learn how you can use the Maker Space and become a Certified Maker .
Technical Services, managed by Bill Carroll, is the center for new materials. All formats of new materials are ordered, received, processed, and cataloged in this department. Older materials are also repaired here. Employees in this department also work in the Library's Maker Space.
Adult Services, managed by Bill Carroll, is the focal point for services to Adults. This department selects materials in fiction, non-fiction, reference, and audio-visual formats for adults. Reference services are provided in person, by phone, fax, e-mail, and chat through the Library's web site. Suggestions for what to read, view, or listen to next is offered by professional librarians working the "Recommendations Desk." Programs take place throughout the year for adults, including regular book discussions and movie screenings. Staff conducts tours of the library for college students and other groups by request. This department facilitates the borrowing of material from another library (known as interlibrary loan) as well as requests for the Library to purchase a particular title.
Circulation Services, managed by Michelle Oberhoffer, checks all materials out and in for library members (including reserves to be picked up). This department maintains the borrowers’ database and issues library cards. Circulation Services also handles the collection of all library fines and fees and sells library merchandise. Circulation Services notifies borrowers of items waiting to be picked up as well as items that are overdue. Circulation Services maintains the seven materials returns boxes: one at the main entrance, one drive-up box on the Bluff Street side of the Library, two inside Kennedy Mall at the Information Desk, two drive-up boxes at Eleanor Roosevelt Middle School located at 2001 Radford Road, and one in the parking lot of the Asbury Plaza Hy-Vee.
Currently, library board trustee members serve four year terms. When a position becomes vacant any Dubuque resident who is 18 years or older is eligible to serve. Nomination papers are available from the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall (13th Street, Dubuque)or on-line at the City of Dubuque’s website: www.cityofdubuque.org. A person can be nominated, or nominate themselves. Library board members are then appointed by the Mayor with City Council approval.
The Carnegie-Stout Public Library has partnered with the Cascade Public Library, the Dubuque County Library District, and the James Kennedy Public Library in Dyersville to form an Agency with the goal of providing library service to residents of Dubuque County who are not eligible for borrowing privileges from these libraries (typically other towns in the County without a library.) The residents of those communities contracting with the Agency will have full privileges at the Carnegie-Stout Public Library. Towns in Dubuque County currently contracting for library service include: Balltown, Centralia, Luxemburg, and Rickardsville, effective January 1, 2018.
If you live in the state of Iowa and have a library card from another public library, college, or university library you are eligible for a library card at Carnegie-Stout. This service is made possible through a reciprocal borrowing agreement called Open Access.
Stop at the Circulation Desk, or telephone the Library at 589-4225.
•Over 182,000 books for all ages•Over 11,000 audiobooks and music CDs for all ages•Over 28,000 DVDs and Blu-rays for all ages•Over 18,800 eBooks and eAudio•Over 10 million songs to download and keep•Over 400 magazines for all ages•Digital magazines for download•Streaming video•Digital informational resources, such as Consumer Reports, Chilton Auto Repair and many more!•Baking pans•Board games•Mini-iPads•GoPro camera and accessories•Digital camera•Video camera•Google Chromecast and Apple TV•Microphones•Projectors•VHS-DVD convertor•Raspberry Pi
Contact the Library at 589-4225 and ask for the Reference Desk. You may also ask questions using the "Chat" feature on the library's website.
The library is tax-supported and 97% of its funding comes from the City of Dubuque. A smaller portion of the budget is from the State of Iowa. Other income is derived from the library’s fines, fees, sales of merchandise, grants, gifts and contract library service to other communities. The library receives no federal money.
You can choose to have your holds delivered to the Kennedy Mall desk or at the Dubuque County Library District located in Asbury.
Yes, the fax number is 563-589-4306. The cost is $1.00 for the first page of long distance and $.50 for each additional page per telephone number. The cost for a local or toll-free number is $.25 per page. Receiving a fax is $.25 per page. The Library is unable to send a fax to an international number. Please visit the Circulation Desk for assistance with faxes or call (563) 589-4225 and ask for the Circulation Desk for more information.
Yes, the Library offers lamination service Monday-Friday during the day. The cost begins at seventy-five cents ($.75) for 2 ½” x 4 ¼” (billfold size.) All dimensions above this are $1.50 per linear foot.
Free parking around the library is limited. If you don’t mind walking a few blocks, parking is free on the northern part of Bluff Street, (just north of 13th Street)
There is no room to expand existing parking. Recently, the City acquired a small parking lot on the corner of 12th and Bluff Street. Many staff members now park in this lot which frees up additional parking for library visitors at the lot on Bluff Street that is directly across the street from the Library.
The nearest bust stop is just across the street of the Library. It is the Blue Line that will stop at the corner of 11th and Bluff Streets. A complete bus schedule is available
The Library welcomes volunteers and every effort is made to match a volunteer’s preferences and skills with available tasks. Call the Library Volunteer Coordinator at 589-4243 for additional information. Or, submit an