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Frequently Asked Questions

General library information.
What are your hours?  

Our hours of operation are:

Monday 10:00-7:00
Tuesday 10:00-5:00
Wednesday 10:00-5:00
Thursday 10:00-7:00
Friday 10:00-5:00
Saturday 9:00-12:00
Sunday Closed
What days are you closed?

The Library closes for the following holidays:

  • New Years Day
  • Good Friday and closing early Maundy Thursday
  • Memorial Day
  • Grump Day (Saturday)
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving and Friday
  • Christmas Day
  • Temporary changes may be made as needed by the Board of Trustees,
    or in an emergency by the authority of the Board President or the library director.


How do I get a card and what do they cost?

Library cards are free and the procedure to get one is simple. Come into the library. There is a short form  to be filled out  and we will need photo ID and proof of current address if not the same as that on your ID.  Minors applying for their own card need the signature of a parent or guardian. That's all there is to it. We will have you checking out materials in no time.


How many books and videos can I get?

The Readlyn Community Library does not have a limit on the number of library materials that can be checked out at one time.

How long do I get to keep the items I checked out?

Books 2 weeks 1 week grace
Audio Books 2 weeks 1 week grace
Magazines 1 week
Current Magazine     overnight         
Videos 2 days 1 day grace
Puzzle 2 weeks

I'm not finished. Can I renew the item(s) I have?

Usually, Yes. You can renew books and videos by clicking on the "My Account" tab, calling us at 279-3432, email us at or stop by the library.
Renewals can only be made if the item is not being held on reserve for someone else.


What if someone has the book I'm looking for?

Reserve it. Let us know that you would like to put a specific book on hold and you will be contacted as soon as that item becomes available for you. We reserve items on a first-ask, first-hold basis.  Please keep in mind that if it is a very new and popular book, there may be several people ahead of you on the hold list. We will get it to you as soon as possible.


What if you don't have the book I need?

We participate in the Open Access program and can borrow any book from another participating library at no cost to you.
Ask us to get a book through ILL (InterLibrary Loan) for you. To see what is available, click on the Iowa Locator link at the bottom of the website.
Click here for more information

My book is overdue. How much do I owe?

Well, that depends.  We allow one week of grace beyond the book's due date before charging fines. Our overdue fine on books is $.05 per day, not counting Sundays.  We charge $.50 per day for late videos with a one day grace period.  The fine is automatically calculated by the computer when the item is returned. We do occasionally have fine amnesty when you can return overdue items without receiving a fine. We also will never charge more than the item is worth. Please make every effort to return materials on time. Your fellow patrons will appreciate it.

Do you have a fax machine?

Yes, we do provide fax service. The charges are $1.00 for the first page and $.50 for each additional page to send and 10¢ per page to receive. Our fax number is (319) 279-3432.

Do you have Internet access?

Yes. We have five public access computers that have high speed Internet access. They are available on a first-come, first-serve basis and if full, the wait time will vary. 
Free wifiThe library is also a hot spot for Wi-Fi for wireless internet access.  You may bring in your own laptop and be able to get connected. We do have an Internet Users agreement form that needs to be signed at the circulation desk by a parent or legal guardian if the user is a minor.