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

Requests or Suggestions?

Sioux City Public Library Garretson Hall Reservation Form.

Please complete the following information to request a reservation for the Garretson Hall at The Morningside Branch Library. 

NOTE** Filling out the form does NOT guarantee availability!

In this section, you will enter your contact information, or the information of the responsible party.

Email Confirmation

In this section you will enter details about the physical arrangement of the meeting room.

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Morningside Branch Library Garretson Room

4005 Morningside Avenue – 255-2924
Seating Capacity : 78 persons theatre style
Monday – Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Friday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Garretson Meeting Room Policy

1. The meeting rooms will be reserved, on a first-come, first-served basis, subject to availability, when a signed copy of the meeting room reservation form is received by the Library.  The person in charge of the meeting must sign the form, thereby agreeing to follow established guidelines.  Any fees must be paid prior to the event.  The Morningside Branch Conference Room can be booked by calling the branch at 712-255-2924.

2. A reservation form must be completed for each booking date.  Reservations are confirmed once a copy of the reservation form is returned in person or an e-mail confirmation is sent from the Library.  Bookings will be accepted up to three months in advance.  If adverse weather conditions result in the closing of the Library, the meeting rooms will also be closed.  Please call ahead if weather conditions are questionable. 

3. Use of the Library Meeting Rooms by the Library, the Board of Trustees, the Library Foundation, or the Friends of the Library, and the City of Sioux City will be given first priority.

4. Meeting Rooms and conference rooms are only to be used for meetings or study. No private social events are allowed, (Examples of private social events are birthday parties, baby or wedding showers, graduation parties). Meeting Rooms/conference rooms are not available for business promotions, to sell merchandise or services, multi-level marketing groups (as defined through sources online), solicit for later sales, placement of orders or client contact by commercial business. Exceptions are programs or sales conducted by the Sioux City Friends of the Library, Sioux City Public Library Foundation, City Departments, or the Library Board of Trustees.

5. Rooms are available to non-profit corporations for free (defined as those entities granted tax-exempt status by the IRS under section 501(c)(3) or other tax exempt sections of the Internal Revenue Code), a candidate’s campaign committee (as defined in Iowa Code §68A.102(5)), a political committee (as defined by Iowa Code §68A.102 (18), a nonprofit citizen’s group that provides appropriate contact information, a governmental subdivision, or a department/division/bureau of a governmental subdivision.  All meetings shall be open to the public and shall not be limited to the membership of the group or organization sponsoring the meeting.  For-profit organizations with a Sioux City address may use the Gleeson Room or Garretson Hall for a fee of $35.00 per meeting.  For-profit organizations that do not have a Sioux City address may use the meeting rooms for a fee of $70 per meeting.  Meetings will be posted on the Library’s web page.  Organizations may not charge admission fees other than membership dues.  Exceptions may be made, at the discretion of the Library Director, for educational courses.

6. Meeting rooms are available for single meetings or programs, but are not intended for use as a regular meeting place of a group or organization or for multiple day exhibitions or displays.  A maximum of five events at any one location can be scheduled to occur in any 90-day period. Use of a room on a standing or continuing basis is not allowed.

7. Organizations are responsible for the cost of damage repair to furniture, furnishings, equipment, and fixtures, or for special cleaning which is cleaning beyond normal vacuuming or trash removal.  The Library will bill organizers for the cost of repairs and $25/hour for special cleaning.

8. Attendees will need to leave the building at Library closing time.  Meetings held in the Gleeson Room may extend up to one hour past closing time on weekdays if arrangements are made at the time of booking.  Groups will be billed $25.00 for not vacating the room by closing time if previous arrangements have not been made.  The conference rooms and the Garretson Hall are available only during Library open hours.  Refreshments may be served in the Gleeson Room and the Garretson Hall.  Beverages in covered containers are allowed in the Security National Bank Room and the Morningside Branch Conference Room.  The Library has no food service equipment available for public use.

9. The Library, the Library Board of Trustees, or the City of Sioux City are not responsible for accidents, damage, or loss of individual property incurred by groups or individuals while using the meeting rooms.  The Library cannot be responsible for property left in the Library.

10. Individuals or groups using the Meeting Rooms must comply with all Library policies. An adult 18 years or older must be present in the meeting rooms (not the Security National Bank or Morningside Branch Conference rooms) at all times.

 11. Any advertisement of a meeting being held in a Library meeting room must clearly identify the person, group or organization sponsoring the meeting, and must include a disclaimer to the effect that use of a Library meeting/conference room does not imply that the Sioux City Public Library supports the views espoused by the person, group or organization sponsoring the meeting, nor does it constitute an endorsement of that person, group or organization by the Sioux City Public Library. Printed materials shall not list the Library as a sponsor of an event or meeting unless previously authorized by the library director or designee.

Tips for Use of the Library's Public Meeting Rooms


Public WiFi and Audiovisual Equipment Preparation

  • Request meeting room equipment in advance of a scheduled meeting, preferably when you make your reservation.
  • Laptop computers are not provided by the Library. 
  • Users should test personal devices with the Library projector for compatibility and general use instructions. Some laptops may not be compatible with Library equipment.
  • Apple products, particularly, require an adaptor cord for use with the projector; that adaptor is not provided by the Library.
  • Technical support personnel are not provided. Staff will turn on the requested Library equipment.
  • Extension cords are not furnished by the Library. There are two electrical outlets in the Gleeson Room at the Aalfs Downtown Library, at the front and back of the room.
  • The Library offers shared WiFi that is shared with all Library patrons. Connection speed or connecting to a particular site cannot be guaranteed.


  • At the Aalfs Downtown Library, visitor parking is available in the parking lot (west of the Library) and on the street which is metered from 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • Parking in the downtown ramps is recommended for weekday meetings that will last more than one hour. The closest ramps are Rivers Landing, located on the corner of Fifth and Douglas Streets, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Transportation Center, located on the corner of Sixth and Nebraska Streets. Both ramps are connected to the Library via the skywalk system. More information on hourly rates and methods of payment can be found at www.sioux-city.org.
  • The Morningside Branch offers free parking in a surface parking lot west of the Library.


  • To avoid special cleaning and damage charges, we recommend that groups avoid:.
    • decorations that are taped to the walls
    • glitter and confetti
    • sprinkles
    • food or drink with dark coloring that may stain the tables or carpets (for example, red punch)
    • the use of glue or tacks
  • Only dry erase markers provided by the Library may be used on dry erase boards
  • The Library has easels available on which to place posters or pictures; these may be booked at the time of the meeting. No easel paper is provided.

Signs for Meetings

  • The Library offers a freestanding sign post that may be used in the atrium of the Aalfs Downtown Library or the Morningside Branch for the duration of your meeting. Sign posts may be requested prior to the meeting.
  • Signs promoting or announcing meetings are not permitted on the outside of the Library buildings, outside doors, or other locations inside the Library, which includes the doors to the meeting room.

Suggestions for Additional Meeting Venues

  • Hotels, motels, and restaurants
  • The Sioux City Public Museum (712-279-6174)
  • Western Iowa Tech Community College (712-274-6400)