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This page provides information about the Ely Public Library.  

The Ely Public Library began in 1976 and is located at 1595 Dows Street.  

As of the summer 2004, the library has almost 12,000 items available.  

In 1994, the library became computerized.  A database lists all materials, and also keeps track of who has checked out items.  The same system also tracks all reservation and renewal requests.  Through the State of Iowa Libraries on-line database, the librarians can get patrons items from around the state for interlibrary loans.

To update information, add or delete to the listings presented, please contact the City Administrator's office.


Library Contact Information

1595 Dows Street

Ely, IA  52227



Library Usage

Library Hours

Monday  - 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Tuesday - 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Wednesday - 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Thursday - 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Friday - 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday - 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sunday  - Closed

Residents of Ely, rural Putnam, College Township, Linn County, or those with a valid card from another Iowa Library, can become a registered borrower after presenting two forms of identification.  Registration is for three years for city residents and one year for rural residents.

Library materials can be checked out for a one or three week period.

Three Week: Books, music CDs, children's books / tape kits, magazines, & newspapers may be checked out for 3 weeks.

One Week: Videos, DVD's and, software may be checked out for 1 week.


On-Site Services

The library has several services available for use at the facility.

Audio / Visual Equipment: A television/VCR may be used "in-house" with permission from the on-duty librarian.

Computer / Internet Access: The library has both PC/Windows and Macintosh capabilities with CD-ROM reference and entertainment titles.  The computers can also be used for internet access, word processing, and computer games. Patrons may reserve computer time (hourly) by calling 319-848-7616.  Those using computers for homework assignments have top priority.  Other uses of the computer are on a first come, first serve basis. Children under the age of 18 must have a permission waiver signed by a parent or guardian to use the Internet. Waivers are available from the librarian.

Fax Machine: Faxes may be sent or received. See the librarian for fee amount.

Photo Copy Machine: Photo copies may be made for a fee of $0.10 per sheet.


 Book Drop / Library Fines

All materials must be returned on or before the designated date.  Borrowers returning materials after that date will be assessed a fine.

The library has an book drop available in the building foyer for returning library materials.  The foyer is open for after hours returns.  All library materials including videos may be returned to this book drop.   

Books, books on tapes and CDs (except children's items) - For each day late, the borrower will be charged $0.10* per item.

Children's books, books on tapes and CDs - For each day late, the borrower will be charged $0.05* per item.

Videos - For each day a video is late, the borrower will be charged $1* per video.

*All Items - The library will not check-out items to a person owing more than $3 in fines. If the item is not returned within one month of being overdue, the borrower will be charged replacement cost.  Late days do not include those that the library is closed.


Reading Programs

The Library offers a series of programs for patrons of all ages and interests. To register for any of these programs, please contact the Librarians at 319.848.7616.

Story Hour: The Librarian offers story hour at the junior level, for ages three through school age. The juniors meet Thursday mornings from 10 am to 11am.

Summer Reading: While school is out for the summer, the library hosts a summer reading program for school aged children. 

Adult Reading / Book Club: An adult reading program or book club is still in the discussion phase.


Memorial Donations

People can donate or designate a book to remember someone. The library will put a label in the book with that person's name on it.  Please talk to the librarian for more details.

Donations to the Friends of the Library Building Fund are also appreciated.  Donations of over $100.00 will be acknowledged with a granite tile etched as the donor requests on our "Wall of Giving" in the foyer.



Volunteers are always needed and welcomed.  If you are interested in spending some time helping at the library, please contact the librarians at 319-848-7616.



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