About Our Library

Library hours, location, board, mission, policies.

The Fort Dodge Public Library

Directory information


424 Central Avenue
Fort Dodge, IA 50501

Phone: 515-573-8167  Fax: 515-573-5422

Library Director: Rita Schmidt

Library E-Mail: fdplinfo@fortdodge.lib.ia.us

World Wide Web URL: http://www.fortdodge.lib.ia.us

Library Hours

Sunday Closed
Monday 8:30am-8:00pm
Tuesday 8:30am-8:00pm
Wednesday 8:30am-5:30pm
Thursday 9:00am-5:30pm
Friday 8:30am-5:30pm
Saturday 9:00am-1:00pm

Completed in 2001 the Fort Dodge Public Library encompasses 32,000 square feet. The building, located at 424 Central Avenue, houses The Fort Dodge Public Library, The Karl L. King Band, The Webster County Historical Society, The Webster County Genealogical Society and the Friends Bookshop on the Square.

The Fort Dodge Public Library contains two meeting rooms and four study rooms. The Library has 18 computers featuring Windows Office software, free Internet access, and free wireless Internet access. The Children's Department has 6 computers with educational software.


The Library collection has over 90,000 volumes including books, books on CDs, large print books, magazines, newspapers, DVDs, CDs, videos, puppets, and microfilm records of the Fort Dodge Messenger.

Online databases include Bridges, LearningExpress Library, OneClickdigital, Book Browse, Online Book Clubs, Heritage Quest, and several EBSCOHost databases.


The Fort Dodge Public Library recognizes the following holidays and will be closed on these days:

New Year's Day

President's Day

Memorial Day

Fourth of July

Labor Day

Veteran's Day


Christmas Day


Christmas Eve (1/2 day closing at 12:30pm)

New Year's Eve (1/2 day closing at 12:30pm)

Good Friday (1/2 day closing at 12:30pm)


For more information contact the Library at 515-573-8167 or email us.

Library Board

Lists the members of the library board, their terms, and contact information.

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Friends Bookshop on the Square

The FRIENDS Bookshop is located just inside the front doors of the Fort Dodge Public Library. The items sold in the bookshop are donations made by the community. The volunteer run bookshop is the main source of income for the Friends and all proceeds go to the library.
Bookshop Hours

Monday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tuesday-Friday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Closed Saturday & Sunday

Bookshop Pricing (subject to change)

Hardbacks $2.00
Paperbacks $1.00
Magazines $.25
Clearance cart $.25

Hardback $.50
Paperback $.25

Puzzles $1.00

Special & Newer books, videos, audiotapes, DVDs, games, etc. are priced as marked


Donations can be dropped off to the bookshop during open hours or 
may be brought to the front desk inside the library.

When donating items, please keep in mind the bookshop does NOT accept the following:



Condensed books/materials

Audio cassettes

Weekly magazines

Magazines over a year old

Damaged / Torn / Dirty / Musty items



 The bookshop is always looking for volunteers who are interested in 

staffing the cash register, sorting books and stocking the shelves a few hours a month.

 To volunteer, please contact Book Store Co-Managers:


Ruth Collins


 Pat Milefchik



Now hiring a Library Assistant II in the Children's Services department. Position closes on August 23, 2018 at 5:00 pm.
FileLibrary Assistant II -- Children's Services
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