Reminder Clothes Closet is CLOSED. Please do NOT leave donations at front door for everyone's safety. #StayHome

According to the State Library of Iowa, "Nearly 75 percent of Iowa public libraries have reported that they are now closed to the public..." therefore we are no longer able to request items from other libraries through Interlibrary Loan (ILL). 


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Libraries = Strong Communities

Until Further Notice our CURBSIDE pick up ONLY hours are:

Monday - Friday 10:00 am - 2:30 pm

Saturday & Sunday: Closed

*After you have been notified your requested materials are ready for pick up they will be in a yellow crate at the front door. They will be bagged and labeled with your name.*

Do your BEST to search the catalog for desired titles. It is difficult to "pick out what you like" without more interaction.

Be patient as it is just one person working in the library at the moment to keep this service available to our community.  Thank you Jody Nielsen for your unwavering dedication to our library. 

Coronavirus Guidance for Iowa Libraries   

Updated Message March 19, 2020

Guidance from Iowa Department of Public Health on Handling Library Materials

Today the State Library received guidance from the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) with recommendations on handling library materials in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Dr. Caitlin Pedati, medical director and state epidemiologist at the IDPH, issued the following message on the handling of library materials:

The COVID-19 virus is typically transmitted via droplets after an infected individual coughs or sneezes. It is unlikely that someone could become infected by COVID-19 by handling a library book. Libraries should continue to clean acetate books covers and CD/DVD covers; and frequently touched environmental surfaces like door handles, computers, and restroom surfaces with an EPA registered disinfectant. Use all products according to the directions on the label. 

Access the library with Your Library Card anytime, anywhere!

Until Further Notice our CURBSIDE pick up ONLY hours are:

Monday through Friday 10:00 am - 2:30 pm

Saturday & Sunday: Closed

Call 319-346-2442

OR email

OR reserve via your library account number.

The library will let you know when your requested materials are ready for pick up.

This is the most efficient way for patrons and staff.

***All programs: Story time, Early Out and Clothes Closet are cancelled until further notice.***

 “Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life”- Mortimer J. Adler

Please RETURN items into the drop box. Materials are checked in and disinfected before recirculation.

 Access the library with Your Library Card anytime, anywhere!

Forgot your card info? Never had an account? Email us: OR call us (319)346-2442

Enter library card number and  phone number in upper right hand corner of the catalog page.

Search, renew, place holds on materials and manage your notifications from your account. As well as access digital resources such at Gale,  Credo, Project Gutenberg, LibriVox, AR BookFinder, Learning Express and Transparent Language Online.  

While browsing the catalog:

If the material is highlighted in GREEN the item is AVAILABLE.

If the material is highlighted in RED it is CHECKED OUT.

To begin a new search click CLEAR

Always wanted to learn a new language? Here is one way to help achieve that goal!

Transparent Languages for FREE with your library card!

Enter KML before your library card number to log in. Example KML1234

Transparent Language Kothe Memorial Library

Extensive English collection: With paired English materials for speakers of 30+ languages, intermediate- and advanced-level courses, an American Citizenship Test Prep course, and more, we have the tools for every English learner.

Flexible learning path: Follow our plan or blaze your own trail. We give each learner a starting point, but allow them to choose what they'd like to learn.

Enhanced compatibility: Optimized for touchscreen use on Android™ tablets and iPads, Transparent Language Online works on virtually any Internet-connected device or computer.

Smart insight and review: The learned words and phrases chart tells users how much they've learned and when it's time to review.

Practice activities: Want to learn a little bit of the language without taking a course? Practice listening, reading, speaking, and writing skills with learning material from any lesson using over a dozen challenging activities.

Core skill-building activities: Give your language learners the most robust program that builds all four core skills; listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

Typing activities: Never typed in a foreign language before? No problem! Beginners start with Easy Typing to input foreign characters. Intermediate learners can advance to type with the included fully-mapped native keyboard.

Speaking practice: We leverage our proprietary EveryVoice™ technology to speech-enable classic learning activities like Multiple Choice and Pronunciation Practice, allowing learners to compare their pronunciation to that of a native speaker.

Downloadable audio files: Just want to kick back and listen? No problem! More than 70 languages have downloadable mp3 files that you can save to your phone or mp3 player.

Course completion certificates: Working hard to learn a new language? Learners can now download course completion certificates to prove it!

With regards to the COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease our interest is to continue serving patron needs while maintaining the safety and health of our staff and public.

Kothe Memorial Library is working with public health guidance, the City, County and State’s efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our community. We all must do our part to keep our city and region healthy and combat the further spread of COVID-19.

Please email

OR call 319-346-2442 

OR reserve materials by logging in to your account with your library card and phone number.

Please give us time to gather these items and the library will let you know when they are ready for pick up.

Please do not use this service if you are not feeling well.

This is an unprecedented event and be patient as this decision was not an easy one knowing that this means a temporary loss of access to in-person learning services and gathering space the library is known for providing to our community.  

We will continue to update information here on our website  and our Facebook page and we look forward to welcoming everyone back into the buildings when this virus allows our community to reconvene and rebuild a sense of normalcy.

For up to date information: CDC Coronavirus

Obituary for Darlene Lavonne Johnson

Our condolences to the family of Darlene Johnson. We are honored to accept memorials on her behalf. Darlene was a valued library patron. Thank you to those who have donated.