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. Library cards expire every two years. Renewal requires verbal verification of street address and other contact information. Borrowing and access to online resources are suspended when a library card expires.

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.

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

  • 3 weeks: Books, Audiobooks, Music CDs, Magazines, Cake Pans & Molds, Comics, Graphic Novels
  • 2 weeks: Hot Picks Books, E-Books, E-Audiobooks, & E-Magazines
  • 1 week:    DVDs/Blu-Rays, Learning Tools, Video Games, Launchpads
  • 3 days:    Hot Picks DVDs