FAQ

How do I get a library card?

How do I get to the library?

How late is the library open?

How can I contact the library?

How long can I check out materials?

What are the overdue fines?

Can I renew my materials?

Can I check out magazines?

How many items can I check out?

Can I place a reserve on materials that aren't in?

How do I suggest a book/DVD/CD/eMedia for the library collection?

How do I reserve a meeting room?


How do I get a library card?

Please present picture identification indicating your current address. Post office box numbers are not sufficient; the address must include your house number and street name. Parent or guardian signatures are required for children under age 14.
Free library cards may be obtained by residents of Coralville and rural Johnson County. The Coralville Public Library participates in Open Access, a state-funded program providing free library service to Iowa citizens. Borrowers from other libraries which are also Open Access participants may register for free library cards.

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How do I get to the library?

The Coralville Public Library is located at the corner of 5th Street and 12th Avenue in Coralville, Iowa.
There is a bus stop right outside the library on the Coralville Transit’s 10th Street Route, Saturday and Night Route, and the Lantern Park route. Other Transit routes have stops within two blocks of the library. Transit route maps and timetables are available online.

If you are coming from out of town these directions may help you locate us:
Coming from the East on I-80:
Take Coralville Exit 240 for Coral Ridge Ave toward US-6/N Liberty. Turn Left at the stoplight on to Coral Ridge Avenue. Turn left on to 2nd Street. Turn Left on to 12th Avenue.

Coming from the West on I-80:
Take Exit 240 for Coral Ridge Ave toward US-6/N Liberty. Turn right at the stoplight on to Coral Ridge Avenue. Turn left on to 2nd Street (HWY 6). Turn Left on to 12th Avenue.

Coming from the North on I-380:
From I-380 South continue onto US-218 South, take Exit 0A to merge onto I-80 East toward Iowa City. Take exit 240 for Coral Ridge Ave toward US-6/N Liberty. Turn right at the stoplight on to Coral Ridge Avenue. Turn left on to 2nd Street (HWY 6). Turn Left on to 12th Avenue.

Coming from the South on I-380:
From US- 218 North, take Exit 93 toward University Heights. Turn Right on to Melrose Avenue. At the intersection of Melrose Avenue and Mormon Trek Blvd, turn left on to Mormon Trek Blvd. Continue on Mormon Trek Blvd until you reach 2nd Street (Hwy 6) and turn left onto 2nd Street (HWY 6). Just past Hills Bank (on the right-hand side) turn right at the intersection of 12th Avenue and 2nd Street (Hwy 6).

ALL DIRECTIONS: After turning on to 12th Avenue: Continue straight on 12th Avenue past the stoplight at 5th Street. The new Coralville Performing Arts Center construction site will be on your left. Immediately following the construction site are two driveways on the left. Either of these driveways will bring you to the Town Center Parking Facility which is adjacent to the library.
Meeting Room Parking is in the lower level of the Town Center Parking Facility.

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How late is the library open?

Library Hours
Monday - Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Sunday 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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How can I contact the library?

Library Phone Numbers:

General Information (319) 248-1850
Fax (319) 248-1890
TTY (319) 248-1849

Library e-mail addresses:

General Library Email
librarian@coralville.org

Library Director:
Alison Ames Galstad
agalstad@coralville.org

Library Assistant Director:
Ellen Hampe
ehampe@coralville.org

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How long can I check out materials?

Adult & Young Adult Collections
Late fees  or these items are 20 cents/day.

DVDs (limit 6)                      1 week
New Books                          2 weeks
Books, CDs, audiobooks,     3 weeks             
Magazines                             

Children’s Collections
Late fees for these items are 10 cents/day.

DVDs (limit 6)                      1 week
Current holiday books         1 week
Books, CDs, audiobooks,     3 weeks            
Magazines

Special Collections
Late fees for these items are $1/day.

Art-to-Go                             8 weeks
Iowa Collection                     no checkout

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What are the overdue fines?

10 cents/day on all Children’s items
20 cents/day on all Young Adult items
20 cents/day on all Adult items

See the fine policy for more details.

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Can I renew my materials?

All items can be renewed once, unless the item was placed on hold by another patron.

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Can I check out magazines?

Current issues of periodicals and consumer magazines can not be checked out.  Past issues can.  Depending on the magazine the library keeps 3 to 5 years worth of back issues.  See the catalog record for a magazine to find out what the library has.

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How many items can I check out?

You may check out a total of 75 items per library card.

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Can I place a reserve on materials that are not in?

Reserves (having an item held for you when it returns to the library) may be placed on all materials, but no more than 5 reserves may be placed per card at a time.

You will get a phone call or e-mail message (depending on what you have your card set to) when an item comes in.  After three days unclaimed reserves will be made available to other patrons.

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How do I suggest a book/DVD/CD/eMedia for the library collection?

Purchase suggestion forms are available at any of the public service desks, you may also make a purchase suggestion on-line.

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How do I reserve a meeting room?

To reserve a meeting room call 319.248.1850 and ask for the reference desk, or e-mail us at reference@coralville.lib.ia.us. See the Meeting Rooms page for meeting room policies and restrictions.

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