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About Our Library

Library hours, location, board, mission, policies.
The Elma Public Library
Directory information
A History of the Library - The Elma Public Library was organized in January of 1913 by librarian Mrs. Harry Pardee, Mrs. H.L. Spaulding and Mr. Frank Howard. The library was located above the Davies Drug Store on west Main Street. Next, (not sure of the year) the library was moved into the Elma City Hall and remained there until 1969. In 1969 the former telephone office was turned over to the city, after extensive remodeling and an addition was completed the library moved in. Emma Longstreth was the librarian for over 40 years and was the driving force by which Elma gained this brick building. Emma achieved this through a national library grant awarded her for her outstanding library work. Emma prided herself on having read every book that had gone into the library. In June 1996 the library raised $100,000 to purchase the former Veterinary/Petals n Gifts Building at 710 Busti Ave, right next door to the old library. In 2002 an addition was built onto the library that is used as a meeting/reading room. 1980 Tom Offerman was the librarian assisted by Pat Streich and later was replaced by Dolores Palmersheim in May of 1982. Dolores was assisted by Connie Ludwig. Connie took over as librarian in 1986 and in 2002 Barb Schroeder became the head librarian. Renee Burke is the current library director. She took over as the director in February 2013. The community has always been a strong supporter of the Elma Public Library with volunteering and helping raise funds to purchase buildings, remodel and in general keeping the library viable in our small community.
Library Board
Lists the members of the library board, their terms, and contact information.
Library Director
A message from the Library Director


News and Events Archive
News and Events for 2014

Books & Reading

Book reviews, book lists, such as what to read next, and information on early literacy are found here.
Books and Reading
Information to help you find a book to read.
Book Reviews
Links to book review Web sites
Find mystery series and links to your favorite crime author
Find links to romance writers' and readers' Web sites as well as book suggestions and series descriptions
Science Fiction
Contains links to Web sites for all things science fiction
Historical Fiction
Links to Web sites for lovers of the historical fiction genre
Find links to Web sites describing the western genre of literature
Form FolderBook Talk
A form to submit thoughts about a book
Form FolderSuggestion for Purchase
Use this form to make purchase suggestions to the library.


Find out about our city - history, maps, and general information. Also find links to local businesses, churches, and the city and county Web sites.
Our Community
Find out who we are and what makes our town a great place to live.
Who We Are
Find the demographic profile for our city as provided by the State Data Center.

Contact Us

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The Elma Public Library
Form FolderAsk A Librarian
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Form FolderWeb site Feedback
Feedback from our users.
Library Staff

Do Research

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Subject Guides
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Consumer health information
Iowa Center for the Book
Promoting books, reading, libraries and literacy
Iowa Digital Heritage Project
An online repository of Iowa history and culture
Iowa Publications Online
An online repository of Iowa government publications
Iowa Locator
An online catalog of lowa library items
State Data Center
Census data, government statistics about Iowa and more
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Support Our Library

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Use Our Library

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Use Our Library
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Faxing Service
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For Adults
Programs and services especially for adults.
For Children
Library services for children


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