Emmetsburg Public Library

View important information related to library closure in response to the COVID-19 novel coronavirus pandemic:


The Board and Staff of the Emmetsburg Public Library wishes to extend our sincere appreciation of the cooperation and understanding demonstrated by everyone as we work through this difficult time. In all cases, we urge you to behave in a manner that safeguards your personal health and that does not endanger the health of others.


The Emmetsburg Public Library, and Iowa Lakes Community College, where it is housed, are CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. You may not enter the building for any reason. All meetings, events, and programs offered by the library are canceled until further notice. At this time, we are offering the following services:

Temporarily, curbside holds fulfillment is being made available. To use this service, you must:

1. Login to your account on the library’s catalog: CLICK HERE.
(use your 14-digit library card number and PIN, which is usually the last four digits of the library card).


Call the library (712-852-4009) if these credentials do not work or you do not know your library card number.

2. Place holds on items you find in the catalog by searching for items and clicking on the orange button for “Place Hold” in either the search results or item detail view.

NOTE: Specific title or author requests are necessary as we are unable to fulfill broad subject requests with this limited service. We will try to get you the book you want, but are limited in the amount of research that we can do for each request.

3. If you placed your request online, then allow an hour or two before calling the library to ask if your items are ready for pickup. If you called in your request, then the library staff will tell you a time to come.

4. Call the library again from your vehicle once you have arrived. The library staff will bring the items out to you.

NOTE: The library staff is directed to not accept anything from those using the curbside holds fulfillment. Any returns to the library should be placed in the outside book drop, which is also located curbside and available to use without leaving your vehicle.

The COVID-19 virus is typically transmitted via droplets after an infected person coughs or sneezes. It is unlikely that someone could become infected by COVID-19 by handling a library book; however, we are using quarantining protocols for all returned materials.

YOUR ITEMS ARE NOT OVERDUE. All items checked out from the library at the time of first closure have a due date of May 15, 2020, which will be further extended with the need for further closure.  If a new global due date is necessary, then it will allow a generous amount of time beyond May 15, 2020.


Also, consider the digital collections our library has available under the Downloadables tab above. Contact the library for help accessing these.