Libraries - Combined Libraries
The Emmetsburg Public Library and the Iowa Lakes Community College Library, Emmetsburg Campus, have a unique relationship. Both libraries are in one complex, but have their own identity. The holdings of both Libraries are on the Online Catalog, an automated card catalog. They are also part of the Smith Wellness Center, which was a cooperative effort between Iowa Lakes Community College, the City of Emmetsburg, and the citizens of Palo Alto County. The facilities are located on the Emmetsburg Campus of Iowa Lakes Community College.
This joint effort resulted in many advantages for both
libraries. It provided more spaces, handicap accessibility, expanded services,
study and leisure reading space, work space for staff, and more programming
opportunities. It also provided access to materials for both students
and the public and eliminated a lot of duplication. Although there are
separate librarians and staff, they both serve all students and citizens.
The new library also serves as a community center, offering
additional and unique opportunities for growth in body, mind, and spirit.
It is a monument to the perseverance and generosity that built it. The
combined complex also provides special challenges, which have been solved
with excellent communication between the two entities.
- The Computer Lab is available to
all students and the public. It provides access to the Internet and
- The Genealogy Room is maintained by
the Genealogical Society. It works to preserve records of local history.
It is available for anyone who wishes to search the roots of the county,
the community, or any of its institutions. Emmetsburg newspapers dating
back to 1875 as well as numerous other records and materials remain
an important and unique part of the collection.
- The Children’s area is very
popular with young people and provides a nice selection of books and
play items. Story Hour and other activities draw children to the library.
- The Public Library is governed by the Public Library
Board of Trustees and the Iowa Lakes Community College Board of Trustees
is the governing entity for the College library. Both groups have worked
tirelessly to maintain quality libraries in Emmetsburg.
Both libraries are in one complex, but have their own
identity. The holdings of both Libraries are on the Online Catalog,
on the automated card catalog, and include numerous Reference
Sites and Vertical Files.