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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!
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.