Library Card

To checkout materials or use the public access computers at the Independence Public Library, you must have a library card.

Getting your Library Card

Those who are residents of Independence, Iowa; or residents of Iowa who qualify for Open Access by living in an incorporated city with a library or a city or rural area that contracts for library service qualify for a free library card.

When you come to the library to get a card, please bring a picture ID with a current address and something to verify your address, some examples would be a utility bill, preprinted check, or rental agreement.

For those younger than 13, a parent must accompany you and sign your card application. Those younger than 5 may use the library with a parent or guardian.

Here is a packet of information about library services for those with a library card.
Library Services Overview

Confused about who can get a library card?

Library Services FAQ

A librarian helps a mom and toddler check out books at the library.

Check Out & Fines

Available Formats

We have materials in the following formats:
  • Audiobooks
  • Books
  • Cake Pans (shape or character)
  • Downloadable audiobooks (BRIDGES)
  • Downloadable ebooks (BRIDGES)
  • DVDs
  • Kilowatt Readers
  • Magazines
  • Nooks

Check Out Period

Our checkout period for most items is 3 weeks. DVDs, Cake Pans, and Express Books have a 1 week checkout period and Nooks (eReaders preloaded with titles), BRIDGES titles, and New Arrivals have a 2 week checkout period.

If there are no holds placed on books, audiobooks, cake pans, or DVDs, they can be renewed twice.  Express Books and Nooks cannot be renewed.


Fines for Cake Pans and Express Books are $.50 per day.  Fines for DVDs are $1 per day. Fines for Nooks are $2 per day.  Fines for other materials are $.10 per day. Use our BRIDGES program to download ebooks or audiobooks...they will expire and you won't have to worry about a fine (just read or listen before they disappear)!

Other Items Available for Check Out

Other items that can be checked out or logged into for in-library use only are: 
  • Art Kits
  • Chess/Checkers game pieces
  • Children's puzzles
  • Desktop computers
  • Duplo Legos
  • Early literacy computers
  • Headphones for TV
  • Laptops
  • Study rooms

In-Library Use

Everyone is welcome to use the library to browse books, magazines, and newspapers. The library carries the following newspapers:
  • The Cedar Rapids Gazette
  • The Farm Bureau Spokesman
  • The Independence Bulletin Journal
  • The Shopper's Reminder
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • The Waterloo Courier
  • The Winthrop News

  • Magazines
  • Help with a 500+ Piece Puzzle 
The library subscribes to over 70 magazines. Browse the current issues at the library and check out earlier issues.