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100th Birthday Celebration of our Carnegie Library

East Door Centennial

The Cresco Public Library celebrated its Centennial with an Open House on Friday, November 7th, 2014.  Pictures of this event can be seen by clicking here.  For more information about the history of Cresco Public Library and Carnegie libraries,. click here.


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Iowa's eLibrary


Best-selling and classic titles available anytime, anywhere


CRESCO –Cresco Public Library is now participating in BRIDGES: Iowa’s eLibrary, offering eBooks and audiobooks available to download for free anytime, anywhere. Library card holders can check out and download digital media by visiting  

Bridges takes up where NEIBORS/WILBOR left off.  If you were using NEIBORS/WILBOR, your information has been transferred and you’ll be very familiar with how things work.

 Cresco Public Library members have access to more than 16,500 eBooks and 7,500 audiobooks. Many titles offer multiple copies for checkout, and users can request to be emailed or automatically check out items when they become available. Digital content is borrowed for a set period of time and titles automatically expire at the end of the lending period- there are no late fees.

  Users can browse the library’s website, check out with a valid library card, and access borrowed titles via PC, Mac, and mobile devices with free desktop and mobile apps.

 This service is powered by OverDrive, which supports all major computers and devices and is free for patrons with their library card. To get started downloading audiobooks & eBooks, visit

Congratulations to the Children's Summer Reading Program grand prize winner, Mati Henry! Mati will get to enjoy a pool party for eight at  The Cresco Fitness Center and two Casey's pizzas! Thank you to all who participated in the Children's Summer Reading Program at The Cresco Public Library!



Check out our NEW teen/young adult non-fiction!


New non-fiction books

 We are updating the non-fiction titles in the Teen Room to reflect current topics of interest to teens and young adults. Here are a few of our recent non-fiction books. More to come!

Safari 'Dare to Discover': Monday, July 13-Monday, Aug. 31!



*FREE summer activity!* Beginning Monday, July 13: Cresco Public Library is once again taking part in Safari! This activity allows you and/or your family the opportunity to discover historic and cultural sites of interest in your county by going on a scavenger hunt. The theme for Safari is 'Dare to Discover.' To participate: Go to a library in Howard County (Cresco, Lime Springs, Riceville or Elma). At the library, register your name and receive a free Safari kit for your family. It will have 20 sites marked. The kit will have a guidebook with clues to find the rubbing tile. Until Aug. 31, 2015, take short trips together to find the sites. After following the clues, find the post and make a rubbing in your guidebook. Answer the questions about the site. This is an activity for all ages. You may wish to visit all 20 sites. Visiting 15 sites will qualify you for a drawing for a prize when you check your guidebook back in at the library where you originally registered. Deadline to check the guidebooks back in is Aug. 31. Some sites are easy to find the rubbing post; some are more challenging. This event is sponsored by ISU Extension of Howard County, Howard County Conservation, and the public libraries of Cresco, Riceville, Lime Springs and Elma.

Change in Hours:

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Beginning the week of July 1, 2015, the Cresco Public Library will have a change in hours due to budget cuts. The library will now close at 5 p.m. Thursday evenings and at 12 p.m. Saturday afternoons.


Learning Express

Click on the logo above to access Learning Express.  To register, create a user's name and password.

Times Plain Dealer LogoClick on the button above to access the Cresco, IA, newspaper, the Times Plain Dealer.

Iowa Legal AidClick on the logo above to access Legal Help for Iowans.


Great Rivers 2-1-1 is a 24-hour information & referral and crisis line service. The service is free and confidential.  Great Rivers 2-1-1 is a service of Gunderson Lutheran Health System and the United Way.

Call For Help

Contact them at Great Rivers 2-1-1; PO Box 426; Onalaska, WI 54650; or for assistance call 2-1-1 or (800) 362-8255 throughout the Tri-State Region (WI, MN & IA)


FAFSAFederal Student Aid (FAFSA) is now available online for parents and students.  Click here for the most up-to-date information about applying for financial help with college expenses.

411 Reverse Phone

Free Directory Assistance:  this site will help you Find a Business, Find People, Reverse Phone, Reverse Address, and Area & Zip Codes. Click above to find out more information.