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We invite you to spend a few moments looking at our new library Web site. With help from the State Library of Iowa and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation we are able to create a place on the Web where you, our customers, can explore, learn and get help with all your information needs. 


Library Closed due to COVID-19 until further notice


The Blakesburg Public Library values the health and safety of our community. In response to the latest information from the Iowa Department of Public Health, and administrative staff at the EBF Schools Blakesburg Elementary Attendance Center,the Blakesburg Public Library is closed to the public starting March 16 until further notice.

We are committed to offering a safe workplace for staff while continuing to welcome and serve our patrons. Due dates will be adjusted so patrons can keep all materials until we re-open. Or, you can always drop items in the book return even when the library is closed.

In addition to the facility being closed, all library activities such as the Crock-Pot Cook-Off and Father-Daughter dance will be postponed during the shutdown period. The library will re-open when the school resumes classes and it is determined that it is safe to return to the building.

While the Library is closed, please visit the library’s website ( ) for access to free downloadable e-books and audiobooks, magazines and streaming video (BRIDGES). For students requiring research assistance, check out the library’s databases (Gale Online Resources and CREDO Reference) for full-text articles from tens of thousands of sources on many different subjects.

All you need to access these resources is your library card number or a Password. If you can’t remember your card number, don’t have a card, or need the password, please call or text 641.777.0048 and I will set you up. Sorry for the inconvenience. Please stay safe and healthy.


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Would you like to see what books or movies are available at your library? Use this link to search the Blakesburg Public Library's Online card catalog.      



Use this link to find and download free e-books, audio books, magazines and watch steaming videos. You will need your library card number to download up to three items for a 14-day loan period.



Need to do some research for a school or work project or need health, business or consumer information? Use this link to search nearly 50 full-text research databases. Program is available 24/7/365. Obtain the database password from your library staff.



Here is a collection of reference encyclopedias, almanacs and other resources at your fingertips. Use this link to access online reference materials on a variety of topics.  Password is available from your library staff.





Interested in learning a new language? Use this link to learn one  of 74 languages with self- paced lessons. Set up your own account to use this tool.                      





Use this link for homework help, college-prep and career practice tests, career resources and special resources for veterans.  Visit with your librarian to see how to set up your own account for this wonderful program. 



Friends of the Library Hire Architect

The Friends of the Blakesburg Public Library have hired Rod Curtis of Curtis Architecture & Design in Otumwa as the architect and project manager for the renovation of the Mize Building into a new home for the Library. The organization has been working on raising funds for the renovation and was awarded a $22,000 grant from the Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation. In addition, the Friends organization was notified that the Wapello County Supervisors will provide $12,500 toward the project. Once plans are finalized and a construction firm hired, work on the exterior will begin this fall. The Friends plans to break the project into four phases, with interior work beginning after raising funds and completing the exterior. 

If you would like to contribute to the community by helping with this renovation, please send your check to Friends of the Blakesburg Public Library, PO Box 43, Blakesburg, IA 52536. The Friends of the Blakesburg Public Library is a 501(c)(3) organization formed expressly to support library programs, resources and special needs. Your donation to this organization may be tax deductible. To date, we have raised about $5,000 of our $10,000 goal of the "100 Wildcats with $100" campaign. We are still accepting donations to that cause. All donors will be recognized with a name plate on our Giving Tree inside the new facility. 

You can also join the Friends organization as a member to help support this and other library programs. Again, you can mail a check to the address above. Membership fees are $20 for an individual or $25 for a family. Your support of the library, and the community is appreciated. As the National Library Week theme for 2019 states "Libraries=Strong Communities." Please do your part to help keep our community strong, by supporting the library any way you can. Every little bit helps in our efforts to raise money to renovate the building into our new library. To see library floor plans and proposed architectural renderings, click on this link:


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