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Getting a Library Card

Most likely, yes.

Iowans from cities with libraries participating in Iowa’s Open Access programwhich includes nearly all Iowa cities–may apply for a Johnston Public Library card.

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Replacement cards are issued at the library’s check out desk. There is a $1.00 fee for a replacement card. Please contact us if your library card is lost or stolen.

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Individuals age 5 and older who are residents of Johnston, residents of contracting communities, or residents of areas with libraries participating in Iowa’s Open Access program may apply for a library card. Applicants under the age of 14 must have his/her application signed by a parent or guardian who must be present at the time the card is issued.

Applicants 18 & Older

Applicants 18 and older must present a driver’s license or other government issued photo ID that includes proof of his/her current street address. Applicants whose ID does not include their current street address, must also present a piece of mail or other document that includes their name and current street address.

Applicants 14-17*

Applicants 14-17 years of age do not need to present a photo ID but must present a document that includes their name and current street address. A photo ID with proof of street address from a parent or guardian who is present at the time the card is issued is sufficient if the child’s documentation is unavailable.

Applicants Younger Than 14*

A photo ID with proof of street address from a parent or guardian is required for applicants under 14.

*Cards for children will not be issued to parents/guardians if the child is not present.

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Jobs at the Library

Library job openings are listed on the City of Johnston’s website.
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Research

We have several research databases including Consumer Reports, Novelist, and Ancestry Library Edition. Check out the complete list on our Research page for more information.
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We have several editions of Johnston High School yearbooks including some Beaconites. Our yearbooks are available for viewing in our Archive Room. Most are also available online. Yearbooks are not available for check out.
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Services & Technology

Yes. Check out our Printing, Scanning, & Faxing page for details.
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Yes. Check out our Printing, Scanning, & Faxing page for details.
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Yes. We have several Windows PCs with Internet access and Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher). Computer users are welcome to install software on library PCs–any changes to PCs are reset after each session. Log in with your library card or stop at the reference desk for a guest pass.

Check out our Printing, Scanning, & Faxing page for information about printing from a library computer. computer printing PC windows computers

This library offers test proctoring services.

Arrangements must be made with library staff in advance. If a conference room or computer is required, it must be reserved prior to the testing.

The student must present a photo ID at the time of the exam. Student’s belongings shall be left with library staff during testing. The time limit as well as all other notes designated on the test will be enforced.

The library assumes no responsibility to the testing agency or the student if the student fails to make arrangements to take the exam within the time allotted by the agency.

The library also reserves the right to refuse to proctor tests that require modifications to our public computers or require an undue burden on staff to closely monitor the activities of a student while taking the test.

There is no charge for proctoring but the student is responsible for paying any postage fees or faxing fees associated with the test.

Charge for faxing: $1.00/fax up to 10 pages; 25¢ for each additional page.

Charge for postage varies on the rates and the class.

Please contact us with questions.

Yes. Check out our Printing, Scanning, & Faxing page for details.
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Yes. Check out our Printing, Scanning, & Faxing page for details.
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Yes. We issue computer guest passes to those without a card but we encourage those that are eligible to apply for a library card.
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Using Your Library Card

Yes. The library’s interlibrary loan service allows borrowers to obtain nearly any item owned by a library in the United States. Interlibrary loan requests can be placed online, by phone (515-278-5233), or at any of the library’s service desks. There is a $3 charge due upon checkout for each interlibrary loan item borrowed.

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The library is glad to accept requests for additions to the collection. All requests are given serious consideration within the constraints of budget and selection policy. If the item you request is purchased, you will be notified when it is available for check out. Purchase requests can be placed online, by phone (515-278-5233), or at any of the library’s service desks.

If the item you’re looking for is checked out, you may place a hold request on the item by phone (515-278-5233), online, or at any of the library’s service desks. You will receive an email, phone call, or text message notifying you when the item is ready for pick-up.

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Materials can be returned 24 hours a day at the drop box located at the exterior of the building near the main entrance or at the inside drop box at the circulation desk during library hours. Materials returned to the external drop box before the library opens will be backdated to the previous day.

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Most materials can be renewed twice if not requested by other borrowers. Renewals may be made at the circulation desk, by phone (515-278-5233) during regular library hours, or online.

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By default, passwords are the 2-digit month, 2-digit day, and 4-digit year (mmddyyyy) of the account holder’s birthday. The default password for an account holder with a birthday of October 7, 1976, for example, would be 10071976.

Still having trouble logging in? Retrieve your password

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Your barcode number is the number located on the back of your library card. Barcode numbers begin with the string “BJOH”.

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Item CKO Period Limit
Blu-Rays 7 days 20
Books 3 weeks none
Books on CD 3 weeks  20
Cake pans 3 weeks none
Comics / Graphic Novels 3 weeks none
CDs 3 weeks  30
Downloadable Audio & eBooks 14 days 3
DVDs 7 days 20
Equipment, Kits, & Learning Tools 7 days 2
Magazines 3 weeks none
Porta Books 3 weeks  20
Puppets 3 weeks none
Video games 7 days 2

Most materials can be renewed twice if not requested by other borrowers.

Volunteering & Donating

Yes. The library accepts donations of materials and dollar contributions. Donations of materials can be dropped off at the library’s check out desk. For more information about dollar contributions or about becoming a Friend of the Johnston Public Library or to donate online visit the Johnston Public Library Foundation website.
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Usually. Please check out our volunteer page for more information about volunteering and contact us with questions.
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