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
Monday – Thursday 10am – 6pm
Friday – Saturday 10am – 5pm

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

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One Book One Siouxland 2018

The Library’s One Book One Siouxland initiative is in its 13th season of bringing our community together through the shared experience of great books and quality programming. This year’s selection is Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly, which tells the phenomenal true story of the black female mathematicians at NASA, whose previously unheralded but pivotal contributions helped fuel some of America’s greatest achievements in space. 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.

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2018 Book Lovers’ Book Sale

The 2018 Book Lovers’ Book Sale runs Friday, April 27 through Saturday, May 5 at 3500 Southern Hills Drive. A $1 donation on opening night, beginning at 6:00pm Friday, April 27, will give you first pick of the books. On all other days, admission to the sale is free. For more information on hours and book prices, check out our Facebook page! This used Book Sale is brought to you by the Friends of the Sioux City Public Library and the proceeds enrich public library service in Sioux City, funding the children’s summer reading initiative and providing books, recordings, online resources, and more!


Open Book Club Titles for 2018

Sioux City Public Library is excited to announce the Open Book Club picks for 2018! 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 pm at our Morningside Branch Library. Open Book Club is free and open to all. May’s title is the The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin. Click here to see the complete 2018 list.

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Internal Revenue Service and State Tax Websites

The 2018 tax season is upon us and the Library has the tax links you need. The Federal IRS tax website has printable forms, instructions, and e-filing options. Looking for your state’s tax website? Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota state tax websites have forms and instructions.


Transparent Language Online

We’re excited to introduce Transparent Language Online for our full-access patrons. 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!


Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center

Be creative with content from leading craft/hobby magazines and books. Including over 700 videos, this database gives detailed how-to information on topics such as knitting, quilting, beading, model building, scrapbooking, and kids’ crafts.


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!


Small Engine Repair Reference Center

Fix mowers, snowmobiles, motorcycles, boats, ATVs, chainsaws, and more. Procedures for routine maintenance (tune-ups, brake service) as well as extensive repairs (engine and transmission disassembly) are available in full-text PDF documents.


Practice Tests and Computer Skills

An interactive online learning platform, Learning Express Library features over 770 practice tests and tutorials for learners of all ages. In this database you’ll find job search and workplace skills improvement guides, career certification and licensing exam prep, college and graduate school admissions practice tests, GED exam preparation (HiSET in Iowa), help for children looking to practice and improve their reading, writing and math skills, and video tutorials on popular software and computer basics.

Reading Recommendations

Reading Recommendations Now Online

Waiting your turn to read the latest from Lee Child? Looking for a book similar to A Man Called Ove? 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!



Book discovery is easier than ever using NoveList in the Library catalog. Whether you’re looking for the next book in a series, for a read-alike recommendation, or for professional reviews, NoveList offers the tools necessary to find your next great read! This feature is located below the holdings information for select fiction and nonfiction titles in the Library catalog.


Movie Showing: Hidden Figures

Saturday, April 28 • Sioux City Public Library, 529 Pierce Street • 1 pm
Watch the film adaptation of the book Hidden Figures, following three brilliant African American women at NASA who serve as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit.

Library Storytime

Library Storytime

Tuesday, May 1 • 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, May 2 • Morningside Branch 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.

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1st Saturday Family Storytime: Roar!

Saturday, May 5 • Aalfs Downtown Library • 11 – 11:45 am
Travel back in time to when dinosaurs ruled the earth! With books, songs, and dinosaur activities, we’ll explore the world of these massive and amazing creatures! Free parking on weekends.


Open Book Club

Monday, May 7 • Perry Creek Branch Library • 10 – 11 am
Join us each month for lively discussion with fellow reading enthusiasts! May’s title is The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin.


Open Book Club

Monday, May 7 • Morningside Branch Library • 5 – 6 pm
Join us each month for lively discussion with fellow reading enthusiasts! May’s title is The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin.


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)