Library Card

Library Card

Winneshiek County residents may use this form to open an account and access online e-book and audiobook resources for free. Library staff will create your account and email you instructions when it's ready.

Residents of other counties should contact their local public library for e-book and digital audiobook access, as library contracts with the content provider prevent us from offering this service to residents outside our own county/ service area.

Online Library Card Request Form

Highly Recommended...this helps with notifications

Exam Proctoring

Exam Proctoring

If you are taking a class from a remote institution you may need to take a proctored exam. The library officers a proctoring service.

There is no charge for this service.

For more information, contact Director Kristin Torresdal @ 563-382-3717 or send emial to

Notary Services

Notary Service

Need something notarized? DPL has a certified notary public on staff.

This service is available, free-of-charge, to all patrons.

We offer notary service on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 - 11:30 AM by appointment.

Please contact Jon at 563.277.5183 or to schedule an appointment.

Programs & Classes

Programs & Classes

The Decorah Public Library offers programming & classes in response to perceived community needs, patron requests, and suggestions made by potential presenters. Program series and classes may be long-term or short-term, presented by the library, or facilitated by one of the library's many community partners. Suggestions may be directed to Decorah Public Director Kristin Torresdal at or 563-382-3717.

See out Calendar of Events for a list if upcoming programs.

Public Meeting Room

Public Meeting Room

The Decorah Public Library has meeting room spaces that primarily are available to support library programs and functions that further the goals of the library. When not in use by library or library affiliates, the rooms are available for use by the public. These rooms are the two class rooms located in the mezzanine area and the Public Meeting Room located on the lower level of the library. In accordance with the ALA Library Bill of Rights (paragraph six) and its interpretation pertaining to meeting rooms, the library makes meeting facilities available on an equitable basis.

Use of the meeting rooms does not imply endorsement, support, or sponsorship by the Decorah Public Library of the activities that take place or of the beliefs of the group using the area.

To see further details or to book one of our public meeting rooms see our Public Meeting Room Availability page.


Use a Computer

Decorah Public Library provides free computer access to patrons and guests.

Public Access Computers

There are approximately 8 Public Access Computers (PACs) available for anyone (library cardholder or not) to use.  All are equipped with basic software (including Microsoft Office) as well as high-speed Internet access.  All have headphone jacks and USB ports. Black & white and color printing are available from all of the PACs.

Wireless Internet Access

Free wireless Internet access is available throughout the building.

Computer & Technology Help

Library staff can offer assistance with accessing the library’s public computers, copying, printing, ebook access and some basic tech related questions.

Assistance with personal computers, mobile devices, ebooks and general software inquires can be made by contacting Technology Coordinator, Jon Pankow, at 563.277.5183 or .

If you would like a little more help with your technology, Tech Help Sessions are available Tuesdays and Thursdays 10 am - 11:30 pm by appointment. Please contact Jon Pankow using the contact information above to schedule an appointment.


DPL has a photocopy machine available for public use.

Black and White, Letter or Legal size, $0.10 per page
Black and White, Larger than Legal size, $0.20 per page

Color Copies, $0.50 per page

2 sides = 2 pages


DPL will send and receive domestic (U.S.) faxes for a cost of $1.00 per page but is unable to send or receive international faxes.
To receive a fax at Decorah Public Library, have it sent to (563) 382-4524.


DPL's photocopier has the ability to scan a document and send it to your email free of charge. Ask a staff member to show you how it works.



Ask A Librarian

Ask a Librarian

DPL offers basic reference assistance in person, via email, and over the phone.  Library staff attempt to find answers within DPL’s collection, by using the Internet, or by referring the patron to additional informational sources.

DPL does not provide extended research or written research reports.  The aim of reference assistance is to help the patron make use of the library’s collection and to use our knowledge of the collection and advanced information-seeking techniques for their benefit.

Borrow From Another Library

Borrow From Another Library

Our library is connected to other libraries throughout the state. If you can’t find an item in DPL’s collection, ask library staff to help you borrow it from another library.


Requests from other libraries are received and processed each weekday morning.  We will lend any item with the exception of those that are on reserve for our own patrons or those that have been published within the past year.


Decorah Public Library patrons are able to borrow books, journal articles, books on tape or CD, music CDs, and DVDs from other libraries throughout the state.  When a patron is looking for an item that we don’t own, library staff can generally request it from another library and will often receive it within a few days.  The one exception is that most libraries will not lend items that have been published within the past year.

To request an item, fill out a form at the front desk of the library or complete the form below.


A patron library card is required to request items.

(abridged/unabridged editions, etc.)

Large Print Book Service Area

Decorah Public Library ships large print books to libraries across Iowa.