Aalfs Downtown Library
529 Pierce Street
712-255-2933
Monday – Wednesday 9am – 8pm
Thursday – Saturday 9am – 5pm
Sunday (Sept. thru May) 1pm – 5pm

Morningside Branch Library
4005 Morningside Avenue
712-255-2924
Monday – Thursday 10am – 6pm
Friday – Saturday 10am – 5pm

Perry Creek Branch Library
(Lower B, Plaza Professional Center)
2912 Hamilton Boulevard
712-255-2926
Monday – Friday 10:30am – 5:30pm

Requests or Suggestions?

A City of Sioux City resident may get a free Library card at any Sioux City Public Library location. If you are over the age of 18, identification is needed. To obtain a full service card, please bring a valid photo ID. If you do not have a photo ID or your photo ID does not include your current address, please bring a second form of identification with your address.

Examples of acceptable documents for address verification (other than a photo ID) are current utility or phone bills, vehicle registration, voter registration card, apartment lease, and official government documents.

Children under the age of 18 may get a Library card at their own or a parent’s request; the child must be present and be able to write his first name (with accommodation if handicapped/disabled).

Sioux City Public Library is funded through City property tax dollars.

If you are a student or employee at Briar Cliff University, Morningside College, Western Iowa Tech Community College, Unity Point Health (St. Luke’s), Mercy Medical Center, Heelan High School, or Sioux City Public High Schools, and live outside the City limits or on campus you are eligible to check out items at the Sioux City Public Library through the Library Cooperative Borrowing Program. Bring your institution or school ID and a second form of identification with your home or current address to the Library.

If you live outside the City limits in Iowa and if your home library participates in the Iowa Open Access Program, you are eligible to check out materials at the Sioux City Public Library. For a list of participating libraries, visit the State Library’s website. Please bring valid ID with your name and current address and a current Library card from a participating library.

Non-residents may purchase a full service family card at the Sioux City household property tax support equivalent. Current options are $10 for one month, $25 per quarter, or $85 per year.

To expedite your time at the desk, you can print a library card application form and bring it to the Library with your identification.

For details, please see the Circulation Policy or phone the Circulation Desk at (712) 255-2933 ext. 2211.

Click here to complete the Could the Library Get? form or stop by a Library service desk to request an item not found in the Library’s catalog. We may purchase the item or borrow it from another library. You will be notified when the item is ready for checkout, or if it is not available.

Click here to request an eBook or eAudiobook title be added to the OverDrive collection.

Public Meeting Rooms
The Library offers free use of public meeting room space for meetings and programs that serve an educational, cultural, civic or recreational purpose. Meetings and programs held in Library meeting rooms must be free, open and of potential interest to the general public.

The Aalfs Downtown Library houses the Gleeson Room, which has a number of amenities including a kitchenette, projector, sound system, and can seat up to 85 individuals. To request a reservation click here.

The Morningside Branch Library houses the Garretson Room, which is suitable for larger presentations or small meetings and can seat up to 78 individuals. To request a reservation click here.

Study Rooms and Spaces
The Aalfs Downtown Library offers four individual and small-group study rooms on a first-come, first-served basis. The larger 12-person SNB Room may be used on a drop-in basis when available or may be reserved by calling 712-255-2933 ext. 2231.

The Aalfs Downtown Library also has a wide variety of open areas with tables and chairs for reading or study. WiFi is available throughout the building.

The 2nd floor of the Aalfs Downtown Library has 45-minute full-Internet computers and 2-hour project computers. Project computers are intended for job applications, research, and other projects and limit access to social networking, videos, and games. Several 45-minute Internet computers with limited Internet access are located in the Children’s area. The Morningside Branch Library has five 45-minute Internet computers available for public use.

You can login to Library computers up to twice daily with your Library barcode number. All Sioux City residents are encouraged to apply for a free Sioux City Public Library card. Library cards are not transferable; each patron must use their own Library card to access the computer. Staff will look up barcode numbers for patrons who have forgotten their Library cards if identification is provided; there is a $1.00 fee for this look-up service.

Visitors who are not eligible for a full-service Library card may apply for an Internet Access card or request a guest login, which costs $1.00 per session with a limit of two sessions per day. Public computers are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Read the Library’s Internet use policy.

Printing and Photocopies
The Aalfs Downtown Library offers black and white photocopies and printouts, cost 25¢ per page and also offers color printouts, cost 50¢ per page. The Morningside Branch Library offers black and white photocopies and printouts, cost 25¢ per page and color photocopies and printouts, cost 50¢ per page.

Computer Software
Software available on Library computers includes Microsoft Office 2016 (on Downtown Internet and Youth Services computers), Microsoft Office 2013 (on Project and Morningside computers), and Adobe Reader. One computer at the Aalfs Downtown Library has a scanner and accessibility software: JAWS 15.0 (screen reader), MAGic 12.0 (screen magnification), and Open Book 9.0 (optical character recognition).

Computer Accessories
Computer files can be saved to a CD or USB flash drive. Patrons can purchase a 2 GB USB drive from the Library for $8.00, or a non-rewritable CD for $1.00. Library computers do not support floppy disks and do not have speakers. Patrons may bring their own headphones or purchase earbuds for $1.00.

WiFi Access
Wireless Internet access is available from the Aalfs Downtown Library and the Morningside Branch Library. At the Library, locate “PubWifi” in the Wifi network listing on your laptop computer, tablet or phone.

Wireless printing is not currently supported. Mobile users can save documents to their email or a USB drive, then open and print them from a Library computer.

Make an appointment with a librarian at the Aalfs Downtown Library for one-on-one help with your technology needs. Consultations can cover any of the following topics:

  • Using Library eResources, including eBooks and journal databases
  • Getting started with your eReader, laptop, tablet, or smartphone
  • Searching the Internet
  • Setting up an email or Facebook account
  • Using Microsoft Word to type resumes or other documents

Call us at 712-255-2933 ext. 2221 or email us at questions@siouxcitylibrary.org to make an appointment. Consultations with Library Techies are designed to help familiarize individuals with common computer and Internet functions to foster digital literacy in our community.

Library Storytimes
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. Featuring puppets, fingerplays, songs, activities, and stories, children will enjoy Library Storytime for preschoolers:
Tuesdays, 11am at the Perry Creek Branch Library, or
Wednesdays, 10:30am at the Morningside Branch Library.

View recent Storytime handouts here.

Book Van
It’s a library delivered in a box! Library staff carefully select picture books, a children’s music CD, and a teacher’s curriculum resource for participating Sioux City preschool teachers to most effectively help the children they serve reach their early literacy goals. Preschool teachers may call the Library’s Youth Services Department at (712) 255-2933, ext. 2231 to inquire about Book Van delivery service.

Storytime at Preschools
Library staff visit preschool sites and share books with children through Outreach Storytimes. Programs feature puppets, fingerplays, songs, activities and stories incorporating early literacy practices.

Discover family connections and the stories of Sioux City’s people, places and events using the resources at the Aalfs Downtown Library. We encourage you to visit the Downtown Library and use the genealogy and local history collection onsite to make the most effective use of all resources. Library Research Staff will help you:
• devise and outline search strategies
• use catalogs, indexes, and research guides to identify pertinent Library resources
• locate and use items in the collection and various electronic databases on the Library website
Photocopies and printouts can be made for 25¢/page for black and white and 50¢/page for color.

Requests from Sioux City Newspapers
Research requests for obituaries or articles published in the Sioux City Journal can be made via email, phone, or in-person. For obituary requests we ask that you provide the first and last name of the individual and date of death. For article requests please provide the date when the article appeared in the Sioux City Journal as well as the name of the person or topic featured. Relevant documents found during the search can be scanned and emailed or photocopied and mailed to the requester for $5 per document. Click here to email your request.

Library Genealogy Resources Online
You can search an index of local obituaries and news articles from the Sioux City Journal here. The Sioux City Journal Index includes local news for Dec. 1, 1981—Jan. 31, 2009 and obituaries for Dec. 1, 1981—Jun. 30, 2011. This is an index only. Click here to request emailed or mailed photocopies of articles; cost to have copies sent is $5 per document.

You can search the following genealogy databases with a full access Sioux City Public Library card:

Sioux City Journal via NewsBank
Full-text access to the Sioux City Journal electronic edition from February 1, 1996—current.

HeritageQuest
Find genealogical data from the U.S. Federal Census, Revolutionary War records, Freedman’s Bank Records, the U.S. Serial Set, the Periodical Source Index (PERSI) Archive, and more.

Visit the Aalfs Downtown Library to access Ancestry Library Edition.

Test proctoring is provided as part of our mission to connect people and ideas to empower and enrich our community. The following guidelines help to ensure the integrity of the testing process.

  • The Library can proctor written, emailed, or online exams. A private study room is provided for test taking.
  • Proctoring is done by appointment only. A minimum of 7 days advance notice of desired test time is recommended for best results. Appointments can be made in person, by phone, or via email by contacting the Research Desk at 712-255-2933 ext. 2221 or proctor@siouxcitylibrary.org.
  • Scheduled exams will be administered at the Aalfs Downtown Library located at 529 Pierce Street. Exams must be issued and completed between 9:00 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and between 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.
  • Students are responsible for arriving at their scheduled appointment time. Exams will not be rescheduled for students who fail to notify the proctor in advance that they cannot make their appointment.
  • Students need to ensure that the examination and other required exam materials are sent to the proctor. All test requirements, exam instructions, and verification forms must be received from the issuing educational institution before any tests are taken.
  • Tests can be received and/or returned through the mail, by e-mail or by fax. Students or the examining institutions must provide a return envelope and postage for mailings. The Library charges $3 for long distance faxes and 25¢ per page for photocopies and printouts.
  • At the time of testing, students must provide photo identification.
  • Students are responsible for supplying all necessary materials such as pens, pencils, calculator, paper, etc. to complete the test.
  • Proctors will enforce any time limits that are placed on the exam, as well as other rules set forth in the exam materials. The use of cell phones or visiting with others during the testing period will not be allowed.
  • The Library cannot provide direct in-room supervision of students during exams.
  • For online exams, the Library will provide a study room with a computer that has Microsoft Office and Internet access. The Library cannot guarantee that technical problems will not occur when using the Library PCs or that we will be able to accommodate the download of specific test-taking software. Students are responsible for ensuring that the computing resources are adequate for their testing purposes prior to the day of the exam.
  • Proctors will not enter their personal information (Social Security number, driver’s license, home phone number, home address, etc.) on the proctoring materials.
  • The Library cannot assume responsibility for completed tests that are not received by the testing institution. Students must contact the institutions to determine if the completed tests were received. The Library will keep copies of scanned or faxed test materials for two weeks.

Please note: Western Iowa Tech Community College provides testing services with special accommodations at the Sioux City campus. For more information call 274-6443.