Cresco Public Library is located in Cresco, Iowa. We are a Carnegie Library, built in 1915 with a sympathetic addition added in the late 1990s.

We are still happy to serve the Cresco area and the surrounding communities.

For more information, please click the links below, or read the information on this page.

We are always glad to help anyone with questions, so feel free to contact us. The green Live Chat button opens our new Bold360Chat which connects you to library staff during open hours.

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News - What's going on in the library?

Contributions/Gifts to the Library - Donations, gifts, benefits, etc. are covered here.

Friends of the Library - Would you like to help out with the Library's events?

Library Board - Board members and documents are available here.

Library Foundation - Our Foundation members' information is here.

Library Policies - Who, what, where, when, etc. Our policies will be linked here.

Library Staff - Who we are and what our roles are.

Meeting Rooms - What we have, where it is and how to access it.

Mission Statement - What we stand for.


Current Cresco Public Library Hours:

Monday to Wednesday: 9 am to 6 pm

Thrusday and Friday: 9 am to 5 pm

Saturday: 9 am to 12 pm

Sunday: Closed



Materials for Lending:

Checked out for three (3) weeks: books, graphic novels, audiobooks, and manga 

Checked out for one (1) week: magazines and DVDs (limited to 6 DVDs PER HOUSEHOLD)

Renewing: you can renew your items (except DVDs) by either calling us, coming in and talking to a staff member, or by going to our catalog and logging into your account. 


Book Drops:

Cresco Public Library's book and video/DVD drop boxes are located around the side of the south double door entrance. They are open 24 hours a day for your convenience.



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History of the Library:

The Cresco Public Library was built with funds from the Carnegie Foundation in 1914 and dedicated on February 10th, 1915. A major addition to the south side in 1991 doubled the size of the library. This was accomplished with a federal grant, local Foundation donations and many volunteer hours. Today the library has thousands of books, audiobooks, DVDs, access to online resources, ten public computers and a meeting room to serve Cresco and the surrounding communities.


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