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Information About Our Library

Library Mission

The Gibson Memorial Library provides a welcoming place to meet and gather, offering staff skilled in providing access to the collection of materials and electronic resources to satisfy recreational and lifelong learning needs.

Library Card Registration

To register for a library card any person 18 years of age or over must show some sort of identification with current address (ie. utility bill envelope, driver's licence, etc.) For any person under 18 years written permission must be given by parent or legal guardian.
A library card is good for 3 years. The patron is expected to renew the library card at the time of expiration. To replace a lost card, the patron will be charged a fee of $1.00 for each card.

The library patron is requested to show the library card when checking out library materials. All library materials checked out to the card holder are the responsibility of the card holder.

Check out periods are two weeks for all items except art prints (one month) and videos (two days or weekend). Renewals are possible for non-reserved items. Fines are $.10 per day per item except for videos which are $1.00 per day per video.

Library Services

  • Open 49 hours per week, six days a week
  • Renewals by phone. (24 hours)
  • InterLibrary Loan
  • Adult Programming
  • Children's Programming
  • Internet Access
  • Income Tax Forms
  • Materials on Reserve
  • Books for recreation reading
  • Public phone access (local calls only)
  • Fax (fee)
  • Copier (fee)
  • U.S. Census microfilm (fee)
  • Wi-Fi access to the Internet
  • Public use computers
  • Reference
  • Public restrooms
  • Member of State Programs (Access Plus, Iowa Locator, and SILO)
  • Member of State Program --Open Access (any resident outside of Union County may have a card from this library)

Special collections:

  • Large Print Books
  • Books-On-Tape
  • Videos
  • Genealogy
  • Local History

  • PACE Collection
  • Microfilm Collection
  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Art Prints and More!!


Library Hours

  • Monday: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Thursday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Friday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Sunday: Closed

Library Staff

  • Marilyn Ralls, Director
  • Sue Teutsch, Children's Librarian
  • Terry Madison, Library Aide
  • Merle Lee Pugh, Library Aide
  • Donna Walsh, Library Aide
  • Ron Walter, Library Aide
  • Randy Rief, Custodian


Library Board

  • Ann Coulter, Chair
  • Calvin Huffman, Vice Chair
  • Karin Coleman, Secretary
  • Ed Ritter
  • Jean Ide
Gibson Memorial Library ~ 200 West Howard St. ~ Creston, IA 50801 ~ 641.782.2277 ~ Fax: 641.782.4604