Frequently Asked Questions

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Get a Library Card

Library cards are issued free of charge to all residents of Van Meter and Dallas County.  In addition, residents of cities that participate in Iowa's Open Access program are eligible for a free library card.  Parents may come to the library to apply for a library card for their child of any age.  

To get a library card, you'll need to bring a photo ID and proof of residency.  If your driver's license or state ID show your current address, you're good to go!  If not, you'll need to bring a rent agreement, utility bill in your name or other proof of residency.  Click here to see the full circulation policy.

There are no overdue fines, however if you fail to return an item in a reasonable amount of time you will be charged for the item.  

Find a book drop
Items may be returned during normal hours inside at the circulation desk. A 24-hour Book Return is available next to the entrance. 

Find something to read
We have an entire page for that! Click here for Librarian recommendations.

Get email notifications
If you are not already getting notices by email, simply email us, call us, or stop by the circulation desk and we'll update your account.

Access my account
Go to our catalog and click Log On in the top right corner of the page. First time users will enter their patron number (this can be found on your library card) as the username. Your password will be your phone number with no dashes. Once successfully logged in you can change this.

Renew and reserve items
To reserve items you can go to our catalog and log in to your account. Email us, call us, or stop in and ask a clerk.

Interlibrary loans (SILO)
If a book you are looking for is not available, we may be able to obtain it from another library. Please come in, call us , or email us to inquire about using this service.

Find the library
We are located two blocks west of Casey's. We currently share the public safety building, next to the pocket park.
Here is how you can locate our building.

Still have questions? Call us at 515-996-2435 or email at