How to Apply for a Library Card
Newton Public Library cards are available to residents of Newton, rural Jasper County residents, and Iowa residents who are eligible through the Iowa State Library Open Access Program.
Library cards are issued immediately if you have current photo identification and verifying proof of current Iowa residential address at the time of application. A post office box may not be used as proof of residency. Mail may be used as proof of address if it has been postmarked within 30 days of the current date.
Residents who do not have proof of a permanent address at time of card application may obtain a temporary library card with a current photo identification. The temporary library card will be issued for 6 months and allow readers to bring in proof of permanent address when they are able. The card will be renewed every 6 months as long as photo identification is valid or until there is proof of residency. Once the verifying proof of residency is provided, temporary cards are updated to regular status. Users may check out up to two items at a time on a temporary card.
Acceptable forms of photo identification include the following:
Current state, international or foreign driver's license with photograph
Alien Registration Card issued by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Services
Local school identification card for current year (with photograph)
Employee identification card with photograph
Out of state Identification card
Indian tribal affiliation card
Non-driver's license with photograph
Accompanied by any of the following to verify current Iowa residency:
Current acceptable photo identification (see above)
Current motor vehicle registration
Voter registration card
Mail addressed to you with current postmark*
Utility, telephone or water bill*
*must be dated within the last 30 days.
The library card holder is responsible for all items borrowed on your card. Lost or stolen cards should be reported immediately to the library at (641) 792.4108. Please notify library staff of any name, address, or phone number changes. A $2.00 replacement fee will be charged for lost or stolen cards.
Digital Library Cards
We now offer digital library card registrations online! A digital library card is a temporary card that provides users with access to digital library materials – downloadable eBooks, eAudiobooks, and databases. Some digital materials, including all downloadable eBooks and eAudiobooks, are only available to residents of Newton, Lambs Grove, and rural Jasper County. Users cannot borrow books or other physical materials from the library until they register for their physical library card. Digital cardholders are welcome to visit the library with their photo ID and proof of address at any time to upgrade to the physical library card.
Getting your digital library card is easy! Just fill out the online registration form. A Newton Public Library staff member will reach out via email within two business days to confirm the activation of your digital card.
Youth Library Cards
Library card applications for children age 13 and younger must be co-signed by a parent or legal guardian. The signing parent or guardian will be responsible for any materials lost or damaged by the child. Adult signers will be required to provide acceptable identification as described above.
Teacher Library Cards
Teacher cards are available to all teachers in the Newton Community Schools, Newton christian School, DMACC Newton Campus, and West Academy. Materials checked out on a teacher card must be used in the classroom. Overdue fines are not assessed for materials checked out on teacher cards, but fees for lost or damaged items will still apply.