Aalfs Downtown Library
529 Pierce Street
Monday – Wednesday 9am – 8pm
Thursday – Saturday 9am – 5pm
Sunday (Sept. thru May) 1pm – 5pm

Morningside Branch Library
4005 Morningside Avenue
*Temporarily Closed for Renovation

Perry Creek Branch Library
(Lower B, Plaza Professional Center)
2912 Hamilton Boulevard
Monday – Friday 10:30am – 5:30pm
Saturday 10am – 5pm

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Book Lovers' Booksale

2019 Book Lovers’ Book Sale

Book Lovers’ Book Sale runs Friday, April 26 through Saturday, May 4 at 4380 Sergeant Road (the ground level of the old Younkers store). A $1 donation on opening night, beginning at 6:00pm Friday, April 26, will give you first pick of the books. Admission to the sale is free all other days.

Friday, April 26: 6 – 9pm
Saturday, April 27: 10 am – 9 pm
Sunday, April 28: Noon – 6 pm
Monday, April 29 – Friday, May 3: 4 – 8pm
Saturday, May 4: 10 am – ??? (doors close at 6 pm or when books are gone!)
This used Book Sale is a Friends of the Sioux City Public Library fundraiser. Proceeds enrich public library service in Sioux City, funding children’s summer reading initiative and providing books, recordings, online resources, and more! Check out our Facebook page for more.


One Book One Siouxland 2019

The Library’s One Book One Siouxland initiative is in its 14th season of bringing our community together through the shared experience of great books and quality programming. This year’s selection is Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, an American classic telling the tale of migrant workers displaced during the dust bowl of the Great Depression in a desperate search for work. To learn more about the book, the author, and local events, visit www.onebookonesiouxland.org. Or follow the Library’s Facebook page to see what’s coming up next.


Brainfuse JobNow/VetNow

The Library is excited to introduce Brainfuse JobNow/VetNow for all our full-access library patrons. With Brainfuse you can access an all-in-one suite of services designed for a wide range of educational, career, and veteran needs. Brainfuse offers live, on-demand assistance from expert Job Coaches or Veteran Navigators to assist you with writing a resume, preparing for a job interview, or navigating the VA system. Brainfuse also offers practice tests for all levels in math, reading, and writing as well as preparatory tests – including the GED, HiSET, ACT, SAT, and USCIS citizenship test.


Open Book Club Titles for 2019

Sioux City Public Library is excited to announce the Open Book Club picks for 2019! Read from this selection of acclaimed titles at your leisure or in time to attend a spirited discussion held the first Monday of each month, 10 am at our Perry Creek Branch Library and 5:30 pm at our Aalfs Downtown Library. Open Book Club is free and open to all. May’s title is Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. Click here to see the complete 2019 list.


Morningside Branch Library Renovation

We are thrilled to announce that the highly anticipated interior renovation of our Morningside Branch Library is underway. The Morningside Branch book drop has been relocated to the parking lot in front of the building and will be accessible throughout the renovation. During the temporary closure of the building, enjoy continued Library service at both the Aalfs Downtown Library and Perry Creek Branch Library. Starting October 20 and throughout the renovation, Perry Creek will add new Saturday hours from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Pay Library Fees Online

You no longer have to wait until your next visit to take care of library fees. You can now quickly and easily pay library fines by credit card from any internet-connected device using your Sioux City Public Library card number and four-digit PIN (birth month and day) to sign in.


Transparent Language Online

Transparent Language offers over 100 languages and a wide variety of learning activities. Transparent Language also has an app, so you can learn a new language whenever and wherever you’d like!


Need Technology Help?

Make an appointment with one of our Library Techies during regular business hours at Aalfs Downtown Library. One-on-one consultations will provide tech assistance and can cover a range of topics including library resources, patron-owned devices (such as eReaders, tablets, and smart phones), social media, computer software, and more! Call 712-255-2933 ext. 2221 to schedule now!

Reading Recommendations

Reading Recommendations Now Online

Waiting your turn to read the latest from Jonathan Kellerman? Looking for a book similar to Where the Crawdads Sing? Check out our new Reading Recommendations web page for expert read-alike suggestions created by your very own Sioux City Public Library staff. Whether you’re in the mood for quirky characters or pulse-pounding action, Library staff can help you find your next great read. Call a librarian at 712-255-2933 ext. 2221 for your personalized book recommendations.

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“Check It Out” radio series

“Check It Out,” a series featuring book recommendations from Sioux City Public Library staff, airs Tuesdays at 7:42am and 5:18pm on KWIT-KOJI: FM90. Each segment spotlights a staff favorite from our collection. (more)


Ancestry Genealogy Search

Discover your family’s history for free with the library version of Ancestry.com. Find U.S. Federal Census records, passenger lists, birth, death, marriage and military records and much more. It is only available on the Aalfs Downtown Library computers, so bring your library card and start discovering!


History at High Noon: The Great Depression in Sioux City

Thursday, April 18 • Sioux City Public Museum, 607 4th Street • 12:05 pm
Sioux City was profoundly affected by the economic catastrophe of the 1930s. Banks collapsed, farmers were forced off their land and businesses closed their doors. This presentation features images illustrating challenges local citizens faced during the Great Depression.

Library Storytime

Library Storytime

Tuesday, April 23 • Perry Creek Branch Library • 11 – 11:30 am
Library Storytime is a unique place for young children and their caring adults to explore the world together. Curious young minds experience the magic that stories offer while developing the early literacy skills needed to be ready to read.

Library Storytime

Library Storytime

Wednesday, April 24 • Aalfs Downtown Library • 10:30 – 11 am
Library Storytime is a unique place for young children and their caring adults to explore the world together. Curious young minds experience the magic that stories offer while developing the early literacy skills needed to be ready to read.


Book Discussion

Tuesday, April 30 • Jackson Street Brewing, 607 5th Street • 5:30 pm
Join us for lively discussion with fellow reading enthusiasts! We will be discussing Harvest Gypsies and The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck.

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1st Saturday Family Storytime: May the 4th Be With You!

Saturday, May 4 • Aalfs Downtown Library • 11 – 11:45 am
Celebrate “Star Wars Day” with out-of-this-world stories from a galaxy far, far away! We’ll share outer space books, test our Jedi skills, and make a cosmic craft to take home! Parking is free on weekends.


Film Screening: The Grapes of Wrath (1940)

Sunday, May 5 • Aalfs Downtown Library • 1:30 pm
The Joad clan is looking for a better life in California. After their drought-ridden farm is seized by the bank, the family, led by just-paroled son Tom (Henry Fonda), loads up a truck and heads West. On the road, beset by hardships, the Joads meet dozens of other families making the same trek and holding onto the same dream. Once in California, however, the Joads soon realize that the promised land isn’t quite what they hoped.


Open Book Club

Monday, May 6 • Perry Creek Branch Library • 10 – 11 am
Join us each month for lively discussion with fellow reading enthusiasts! May’s title is Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman.


Open Book Club

Monday, May 6 • Aalfs Downtown Library • 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Join us each month for lively discussion with fellow reading enthusiasts! May’s title is Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. Parking is free downtown in the evening.


1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Sharing books and stories is important to your child’s brain development. Join the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten challenge that brings you and your child closer together while developing their vocabulary and preparing them to become a stronger reader. Learn how to get started!

Library Storytime

Library Storytime

Curious young minds experience the magic that stories offer while developing social skills, building vocabulary, and learning to match spoken sounds with written words. Please join us! (more)


1st Saturday Family Storytime

At 11 am the first Saturday of each month, October through May, families with preschool through early elementary age children experience entertaining stories, catchy songs, and memorable rhymes. Hands-on activities extend the story beyond the pages of the book. Parking is free at the Aalfs Downtown Library on weekends!

Reading Lists

Reading Lists for Kids & Teens

Not sure what to read? Check out our reading lists of age-appropriate books by grade and subject. (more)