Lending Library


Stop by to visit us at the new Iowa City Poetry Lending Library! We've got an ever-growing collection of poetry books and you're welcome to browse as much as you like and sit awhile to read. You can borrow up to five books for three weeks at a time!


  • Mondays 10:00-11:00 am
  • Tuesdays & Thursdays 6:00-8:00 pm 


  • Inside PS1 Close House, 538 S. Gilbert Street


  • Before you arrive, feel free to browse our online catalog to explore what you'd like to borrow
  • Visit the online catalog at https://iowacity.librarika.com/
  • Browse the online catalog in three different ways:
    • scroll down to see our New Arrivals
    • use Search Catalog if you already know what you're looking for
    • use Library Resources to browse the entire collection
  • Members and non-members alike can browse online — there's no need to be a member to browse


To become a library member, please fill out this online membership form. Then you'll be all set to start borrowing once you visit us in person.

Or just stop by and we'll have a membership form for you to fill out by hand. You can start borrowing the very same day!

We gladly take donations. If you have books of or about poetry that you're thinking of donating, we would love to add them to our collection. Feel free to reach out to us at [email protected] 

Or if you'd prefer to make a financial donation, your gift will be used to purchase more poetry books to lend to adults and children throughout our community.

OR Mail Checks To

Iowa City Poetry
450 HWY 1 W, #126
Iowa City, IA 52246

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