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Who can get a library card, how to apply, and how to use your library card.

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Library Cards


Any person who resides within the city limits of Cedar Falls, or rural Black Hawk County, or who owns property in Cedar Falls can obtain a library card without a fee.  To obtain a card, you can print out the application form (below) and bring it to the library along with identification showing your name and current address.  Children below the 7th grade must have parental signature to obtain a library card.  The cost for a lost or damaged borrower’s card is $2.00.


Library Card Application



Cedar Falls Public Library will issue library cards in compliance with Open Access rules for statewide reciprocal borrowing.

UNI students living in the dorm holding a library card from a library participating in Open Access may borrow books from the Cedar Falls Public Library according to the rules of Open Access. Students will be asked to provide their UNI address and home address as proof of identification.

Check-out Periods


Books, books on CD, Playaways, E-readers, music CDs:  3 weeks with 3 weeks renewal.

Magazines:  1 week with 1 week renewal

DVDs:  1 week with 1 week renewal.

Express Books:  1 week with no renewal and may not be reserved.

Express DVDs:  3 days with no renewal and may not be reserved.

Video Games:  1 week with one week renewal.

Materials may be renewed two times in person, over the telephone, or online unless the material is reserved for another person.

With the exception of video materials, there is no general limit to the number of materials that can be checked out.  DVDs are limited to 10 per patron; Playaway Views are limited to 5 per patron.  Video Games and E-readers are limited to 3 per patron.  At staff discretion, limits may apply to seasonal materials.

All materials can be reserved in person, over the telephone, or online. Reserved items will be held for the patron for 3 days.

Returning Materials

Library materials can be returned inside the library at the Service Desk, in the book drop chutes in the Library atrium, in the automated book drop located in the exterior wall just next to the main entrance (nearest the Community Center), or in the drive-up book drop on the State Street side of the Library.



Fines for all overdue materials are $.25 per day per item. Accrual of overdue fines is limited to $5.00 per item. Patrons who have overdue materials or owe fines in excess of $5.00 are unable to check out until some of the fine is paid, or the overdue materials are returned.

The borrower is responsible for lost or damaged material. Maximum fine is the replacement cost of the material plus a $5.00 processing fee. Fees for damaged materials are determined by the department head.

Extended Loan Periods


Materials that can be renewed can be checked out for an extended loan period approved at the circulation desk under certain circumstances such as vacations or special programs.

Extended loan periods are also available for materials checked out on Teachers Cards, through the Third Age Project, or for Homebound. Fines on overdue materials checked out on Teachers Cards are $.05 per day. There are no overdue fines on Third Age Project or homebound materials.