Frequently Asked Questions
Yes. When the library does not own a book that you would like to read, just contact us with the title and author. The library belongs to a national computer network that allows us to borrow items for you from other public libraries across the country. There is a $2.00 charge per book to help defray postage costs. Approximately 1,000 items are borrowed each year with this service.
Yes. Books, movies and magazines may be renewed one time by calling the children's or adult department. You may also renew your items on the library's website:
No. Games can only be played in the library. You may call ahead to reserve a time on the library’s gaming systems.
Yes. Ready Readers Story Time is held on Wednesday mornings from 10 - 11 a.m. for 3-6 year-olds. Please use north entry door. Children will enjoy crafts, stories, and related activities. There is no cost. Call the Children’s Department at 515-386-4415 for session dates and times.
Yes! Friends of the Library group were formed in 1993. They are very active. Their purpose is twofold; to serve as the Library's ambassadors to the community and conduct Library fundraisers. Two annual fundraisers are held: a membership drive, and a used book sale in the library basement, both held in October. Each dollar raised goes back to the Library to help purchase items or support programs over and above the Library's annual operating budget. Annual memberships are available starting at $2.00. 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 the annual used book sale, please visit the library website at
Yes. The library has several computers available for public use in both the adult and children’s departments. Time limit is one hour per day and computers may be reserved by calling the library at 515-386-2835. They can be checked out with a library card that does not have a fine of more than $1.00. If you don't have a library card, you must present a current photo i.d.
The Jefferson Public Library accepts monetary gifts for the purchase of items to add to our collection in memory of a loved one. Call or stop in and specify the amount of your gift. We will send a card to the family and then choose an appropriate book and inscribe the person's name. Each time that book is checked out; a memory of your loved one is recalled. This is a nice way you can help the library and leave a long-lasting remembrance of that special person.
Present current photo identification to apply for a card. Seventh grade through adults are eligible for a card in the adult department and are required to present their card each time they want to check out an item. Three year olds through sixth grade are eligible for a card which will be kept on file in the Children’s Department.
If you are physically unable to come to the library and live within the city limits of Jefferson, please call the director who will match you up with a volunteer who can deliver items to your home on a regularly scheduled basis.

Monday & Wednesday: 1-8 p.m.
Tuesday & Thursday: 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Friday: 1-5:30 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Sunday: Closed


Monday & Wednesday: 1-8 p.m.
Tuesday & Thursday: 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Friday: 1-5:30 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Sunday: Closed
This hands-on center is intended to help children experience new and unique concepts, encourage imagination, and develop reading skills. Sensory boards, magnetic mazes, shape puzzles, just to name a few, are designed to spark your child's interest in different subject areas. Items are rotated throughout the year, so children will be able to experience new items on a regular basis.
The public library's genealogy collection is available during the library's open hours. The Greene County Genealogical Society's reference room in the library basement is staffed by volunteers on Wednesday afternoons and Saturday mornings. The public library collection includes microfilm of the Jefferson newspapers back to 1866, indexes to all cemeteries in Greene County, and other indexes including birth, death and marriage records, and newspaper obituaries.

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Contact Information
City Administrator
Michael Palmer
City Hall
220 N. Chestnut
Jefferson, Iowa 50129
Phone: 515/386-3111
Fax: 515/386-4671

Monday - Friday
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.