200 West Lincolnway
Jefferson, Iowa 50129

September - May
June - August
1 p.m. - 8 p.m.
1 p.m. - 8 p.m.
11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
11 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
1 p.m. - 8 p.m.
1 p.m. - 8 p.m.
11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
11 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
1 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
1 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.


Adult Library: (515) 386-2835 E-mail:
Children’s Library: (515) 386-4415 E-mail: 
FAX: (515) 386-8163

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If you have a card with the Jefferson Public Library and know your password, you may access your account to check the due dates of items you have checked out, renew items, place a reserve on items, and see if you have any overdue fines.

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The Jefferson Public Library is the life-long learning center of our community and the place people turn to for the discovery of ideas, the joy of reading, the exercise of imagination, and the power of information.


Jane Millard, Director / Adult Librarian

Terry Clark, Assistant Director/Children’s Librarian/Bookkeeper


Lorene Hemping, Adult Library Assistant Cathy Kingery, Children’s Library Assistant Sarah Schwery, Adult Library Assistant Tim Jones, Shelver Darrell Pettit, Custodian Substitute Library Assistants: Judy Mohler, Dorothy Hadley, Laura Clark, Kathy Kempffer, Karla Maston


The Jefferson Public Library was founded in 1901. A $10,000 grant from the Carnegie Foundation in 1903 enabled the city to construct the existing library building. In 1967, a new addition was built to house the growing collections. Renovations completed in 1990 made the library handicapped accessible. Catalog and circulation functions became automated in 1995, and the library collection became accessible online in 2006.


The Jefferson Public Library is an administrative department of the City of Jefferson. Five trustees, appointed by the Mayor and City Council, set library policy. The trustees employ a director and staff who are responsible for the library’s day-to-day operation. The Library Board of Trustees meets on the first Monday after the first Tuesday of each month at 8:00 pm in the adult department of the library.

The policies adopted by the Board of Trustees are available to the public for review at the circulation desk. Policies are reviewed annually.

The Jefferson Public Library is accredited by the State Library of Iowa, meeting the criteria for high quality library service.

Board of Trustees

  • Dave Bohnet, President
  • Rose Olhausen, Secretary
  • Shirley Stapleton
  • Mike Piepel
  • Jane Martino

General Information


  • Books
  • Board Books
  • Movies (DVD)
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Graphic Novels
  • Large Print Books
  • Books on CD
  • Board Games & Puzzles
  • Cakepans & Cookie Cutters
  • Art Prints
  • Travel Packets
  • Puppets
  • Genealogy Resources
  • Yearbooks
  • Teacher Resource Shelf
  • Jefferson Newspapers on microfilm back to 1866


  • On-line Catalog
  • Book Drop
  • Books for Babies
  • Children’s Computers
  • Copier & Color Copier
  • Creative Learning Center
  • FAX
  • Grandparent Packets
  • Home Delivery
  • Income Tax Forms
  • Inter-library Loan
  • Internet Computers
  • Magazine Exchange
  • Media Equipment Rental (overhead & slide projectors, screen)
  • Meeting Room
  • Memorials
  • Microfilm Reader/Printer
  • Notary Public
  • Open Access
  • Paperback Book Exchange

Programs & Events

  • Storytime – Wednesdays at 10 a.m. (call the Children’s Department for dates and times.)
  • National Library Week – April
  • Summer Reading Program – for children and teens - June and July
  • National Children’s Book Week – May
  • Make & Take Craft Days
  • Winter Reading Program for adults – January thru March

All programs are free and open to the public. Please call for more information or stop in the library and pick up the monthly newsletter.

Friends of the Library

Mission Statement: The Friends of the Jefferson Public Library are dedicated to supporting and promoting the library through programs, advocacy, and financial support.

A very active Friends of the Library group was formed in 1993. Annual fundraisers include a fall membership drive and used book sales in April, September and December. Every dollar raised goes back to the Library to purchase items for public use or support programs for all ages. Annual memberships are available starting at $5.00. If you are interested in becoming a Friend of the Library, want to learn more about their activities, or want to know the date of upcoming book sales, please visit the library website.

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