Library Card

Library Card

Please note that the Decorah Public Library is currently closed due to Covid-19. However, Winneshiek County residents may use this form to open an account and access online e-book and audiobook resources for free. Library staff will create your account and email you instructions when it's ready.

Please be patient with us- we will work as quickly as we can but there may be delays in service.

Residents of other counties should contact their local public library for e-book and digital audiobook access, as library contracts with the content provider prevent us from offering this service to residents outside our own county/ service area.

Online Library Card Request Form

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Exam Proctoring

Exam Proctoring

If you are taking a class from a remote institution you may need to take a proctored exam. The library officers a proctoring service.

There is no charge for this service.

For more information, contact Director Kristin Torresdal @ 563-382-3717 or send emial to

Notary Services

Notary Service

Need something notarized? DPL has a certified notary public on staff.

This service is available, free-of-charge, to all patrons. Call 563-382-3717 or inquire at the front desk to make an appointment.

Programs & Classes

Programs & Classes

The Decorah Public Library offers programming & classes in response to perceived community needs, patron requests, and suggestions made by potential presenters. Program series and classes may be long-term or short-term, presented by the library, or facilitated by one of the library's many community partners. Suggestions may be directed to Decorah Public Director Kristin Torresdal at or 563-382-3717.

See out Calendar of Events for a list if upcoming programs.


Use a Computer

Decorah Public Library provides free computer access to patrons and guests.

Public Access Computers

There are approximately 12 Public Access Computers (PACs) available for anyone (library cardholder or not) to use.  All are equipped with basic software (including Microsoft Office) as well as high-speed Internet access.  All have headphone jacks and USB ports. Black & white and color printing are available from all of the PACs.

Wireless Internet Access

Free wireless Internet access is available throughout the building.

Computer Help & Technology Roundtable

Assistance with personal computers, mobile devices, ebooks and general software inquires.
Tuesdays (1:30-3 p.m.) & Thursdays (10:00-11:30 a.m.).  For additional information e-mail Jon.


DPL has a photocopy machine available for public use.

Black and White, Letter or Legal size, $0.10 per page
Black and White, Larger than Legal size, $0.20 per page

Color Copies, $0.50 per page

2 sides = 2 pages


DPL will send and receive domestic (U.S.) faxes for a cost of $1.00 per page but is unable to send or receive international faxes.
To receive a fax at Decorah Public Library, have it sent to (563) 382-4524.


DPL's photocopier has the ability to scan a document and send it to your email free of charge. Ask a staff member to show you how it works.



Ask A Librarian

Ask a Librarian

DPL offers basic reference assistance in person, via email, and over the phone.  Library staff attempt to find answers within DPL’s collection, by using the Internet, or by referring the patron to additional informational sources.

DPL does not provide extended research or written research reports.  The aim of reference assistance is to help the patron make use of the library’s collection and to use our knowledge of the collection and advanced information-seeking techniques for their benefit.

Borrow From Another Library

Borrow From Another Library

Our library is connected to other libraries throughout the state. If you can’t find an item in DPL’s collection, ask library staff to help you borrow it from another library.


Requests from other libraries are received and processed each weekday morning.  We will lend any item with the exception of those that are on reserve for our own patrons or those that have been published within the past year.


Decorah Public Library patrons are able to borrow books, journal articles, books on tape or CD, music CDs, and DVDs from other libraries throughout the state.  When a patron is looking for an item that we don’t own, library staff can generally request it from another library and will often receive it within a few days.  The one exception is that most libraries will not lend items that have been published within the past year.

To request an item, fill out a form at the front desk of the library or complete the form below.


There is a $2.00 handling fee for each interlibrary loan item regardless of use when it arrives via the postal service (van service is free during the school year).

A patron library card is required to request items.



Large Print Book Service Area

Decorah Public Library ships large print books to libraries across Iowa.