Public Library

The Johnston Public Library is located at 6700 Merle Hay Road in Johnston. Click here to view the library's website.

Who can have a library card?
Individuals of all ages 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.

The Library issues several types of cards:
  • Standard Cards
  • Provisional Cards
  • Teacher Cards
  • Computers Only Cards
All library card applicants must complete a library card application. Click here to learn more about their policies.

Your library card is free and is renewable every two years if there are no outstanding fines or fees. At the time of your renewal, please bring your library card, a photo ID and proof of your current address. Acceptable proof of address include:
  • Iowa driver's license
  • Utility bill
  • Imprinted checks
  • Bank statement
Checking out items
You must have a valid library card to check out materials. When you check out, the staff will remind you of any outstanding delinquencies. You must be at least 18 years of age to check out audio/visual equipment.

Contact Us

  1. Phone: 515-278-5233
    Email the library

    6700 Merle Hay Road
    Johnston, IA 50131

    Hours of Operation
    9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
    Monday - Thursday

    9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
    Friday - Saturday

    1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

    Holiday Closings

Check out periods

  • Books: Three weeks
  • Audio books: Three weeks
  • Downloadable audio books: Three weeks
  • Compact disks: Three weeks
  • Cake pans: Three weeks
  • Downloadable eBooks: 14 days
  • DVDs/Videos/Video Games: Seven days
  • Magazines: Three weeks
  • Internet computer in library use: One hour per day, plus an additional two hours if another PD is available
  • Audio visual equipment: One day