Hope Welty Public Library

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Library Services

Everything we do for you, inside the library or out

  Books and Periodicals

The materials you need for work, school, or fun!

The Library has a dynamic and constantly growing collection of fiction, non-fiction, and reference books for all ages. We also have an ever-growing collection of large-print books. If you don't find what you need on our shelves, our membership in the Rolling Prairie Library System allows us access to virtually any materials you may need.

Children's Materials

Our children's department has books and magazines for children from birth through Jr. High School. Board books, picture books, and chapter books (including Accelerated Reader titles) are among the fiction offerings, and in our Juvenile Non-Fiction area, kids can find everything they'll need for homework assignments, research projects, and just for fun!

Adult Materials

Looking for some light reading? In our adult department, you'll find popular fiction, including romance, mysteries, westerns, science fiction, and inspirational fiction. The fiction area also includes classic works of literature and some authors you may not have tried before.

The non-fiction area includes books on any subject you might want to learn more about. How-to books, cookbooks, history books, and materials for home-school children are just a few examples of the materials you'll find.

Magazines and newspapers are available in the periodicals area. Titles such as People, Woman's Day, Successful Farming, and Discovery are included in our collection.

Young Adult Materials

Young Adults will find some really great reading in our Young Adult fiction area. Popular authors such as Lois Duncan, Stephanie Meyer, and Gary Paulsen can be found here, and more. Popular teen magazines are also located in the Young Adult area.

Reference Materials

Encyclopedias, dictionaries, atlases, and biographical sources are just a few of the helpful resources you'll find in the Reference department. These books cannot be checked out, so we can be sure they are always available to answer your questions when you need them.

Audio Visual Materials

Modern technology has brought about a change in libraries. No longer is the word "library" synonymous with "books". To make your life more convenient, more comfortable, and more fun, we've made available a variety of audio-visual items for you to check out.

Video Cassettes and DVD's

Our movie collection includes a variety of titles, from those featuring Hannah Montana to instructional videos on home improvement topics.  Classic movies, new movies, and more can be found among our videos!

Books on Cassette, CD and Self-contained players

Our audio books are popular with commuters, those who have visual impairments, and people who do housework, sewing, or other work with their hands. Both fiction and non-fiction are available, and a growing number of popular books are becoming available on cassette, cd and self-contained players (Playaway).

Computers and Copiers

Several personal computers, as well as Internet access and printers are available for use in the Library. Our fax machine is available for you to send or receive faxes. Our photocopier makes legal and letter-sized copies, single- or double-sided. Reducing and enlarging are also available.  Our disk cleaner will restore your audio cd, dvd, or game disk in minutes for a small fee.

To use your library public computers for online access and word processing you must have a signed contract on file at the library. A signed contract on file and a current up-to-date, with no fines or overdues, library card.

There are nominal fees for printing, photocopying, and fax transmissions:

Photocopies cost $.15 for one-sided and $.25 for double-sided copies

Fax transmissions are $.50 a page for either incoming or outgoing faxes

Printing from the computers is $.15 for text only, $.50 for color print

Disk cleaning is $3.00 per cd, dvd, or game disk

Special Services

Class visits from Cerro Gordo Grade School students

Professional help in familiarizing students with the Library and how to find books and other information.

Notary Public

Our library director is also a notary public.  There is no charge for this service.

Genealogy Area

We have many books and pamphlets to help you with your search. We also have micro-film of the Cerro Gordo Newspaper dating back to 1908. The micro-film machine is free to use, but there is a charge for printing information.

ADA Accessibility

The staff of the Cerro Gordo Public Library prides itself on the Library's conformance to the American Disabilities Act. The Library building has wheelchair accessible aisles, computers, and rest rooms. Staff are always available to provide extra assistance if it is required. Coming Soon: An Electric Door and ADA accessible circulation desk to make it easier to access the library!

Meeting Room

The library has a room that can be rented to the public for parties and gatherings. The meeting room will be available for educational, civic, cultural, social and public information purposes. No fee shall be charged nor donation solicited as a condition of entry and no money should be exchanged. The room has 40 chairs and 9 tables for you to use. Please, NO children birthday parties. The cost is $25 if serving food, $10 for no food or drinks. Reservations may be made at the library and are on a first come, first served basis.