Using the Library

Welcome

The Urbandale Public Library (UPL) provides you with access to millions of dollars worth of printed, recorded and online information, as well as hours of entertainment. Start enjoying all the Urbandale Public Library has to offer today and everyday!

Urbandale Public Library Floorplan

How to Get a Library Card

Any person, in Urbandale or other contracting communities, who is five years of age or older, may obtain an UPL library card free of charge with proof of current address and photo ID.

You must present your card each time you borrow library materials or sign up to use library computers.

Urbandale residents and other contracting groups can go directly to other Iowa libraries, obtain a library card and borrow materials, but local restrictions may apply.

Open Borrowing Privileges

The library maintains a collection of materials for all ages, interests and viewpoints. It is the responsibility of parents to monitor their children’s use of library materials. As a parent or guardian, if you choose to limit your child’s access to library materials, you should make this desire known to your child.

If you are concerned that your children might bring home material which does not meet your personal standards, please accompany them when they use the library. The library will not withhold materials from any patron, regardless of age.

Child Safety Policy

To protect your child while using the library, the UPL has a Children’s Use of the Library Policy. Children under the age of 9 must be attended and supervised by a caregiver at all times while in the library.

Behavior in the Library

No pets, smoking, food or uncovered drink is permitted in the library. A complete list of library policies is available here.

Computers

Computers can be used in the library with a valid library card. Internet use for youth under age 14 requires parent’s permission. Computers are equipped with Internet, Microsoft Office Suite, USB ports and CD/DVD drives. A scanner is available free of charge and printers including B&W and color may be used for a fee. Wireless or direct plug in access to the Library’s network, online reference databases are also available.

Gifts and Donations

Gifts and donations are appreciated and accepted through the Urbandale Public Library Foundation, Inc.

Other Services Available

Some other services provided by the library include adult and children’s programsopaque projector, low vision viewing aid system, express checkout, faxing, color photocopier, homebound delivery, test proctoring, notary public, study rooms, meeting rooms and viewing/listening stations.