Decorah Public Library cards are free and available to people of all ages; all you need to do is stop by the front desk of the library and fill out a short form! A Decorah Public Library card allows the following items to be checked out:
- Books, magazines, books on CD and DVDs
- Time on the library’s public access computers
- Interlibrary loan materials from other Iowa libraries
- eBooks & digital audiobooks
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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 email@example.com or 563-382-3717.
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
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.
- For more information, phone the library at 563-382-3717 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Decorah Public Library ships large print books to libraries across Iowa.