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Welcome to the Alton Public Library & Historical Museum!

Alton Public Library is now open

  • Hours*     Monday and Wednesday - 10:00 am - 7:00 pm      Friday - 10:00 am - 5:00 pm      Saturday - 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

*Only older and high-risk patrons are welcome to stop by between 10:00 am - 12:00 noon

  • No one under 16 years old will be allowed in the library unless accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver.
  • Each person is allowed to be in the library 30 minutes per day.
  • Only 2 computers will be available for use – Limited to 30 minutes daily and sanitizing will take place between patron uses.
  • Public restrooms and the water fountain are not available.
  • Social distancing while in the library is required. Masks are optional.
  • The number of people in the library at a time will be limited.
  • Newspapers may be read and checked out.
  • Printing, copying and faxing services will be available.
  • Returns are only accepted using the outdoor dropbox.
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PLEASE NOTE: Our dropbox is open for returns. We encourage patrons to return items that were due in March and April so they can be quarantined for the allotted amount of time before being checked in and put back on the shelf for others to check out.

Alton Public Library TO GO!

Let us know what you'd like to check out and the library staff will get it ready for you to pick up!
Here are some directions for this new library service:
1. Click on "Search Our Catalog" on our website homepage.  Log into your account using the numbers on the back of your library card for login and your phone number as your password.  Search for the books that you would like to check out and click on "Reserve This Item."
Other options are to message us your requests on the Alton Public Library Facebook page or email us at 
2. Wait for us to contact you to let you know your items are ready for pickup. This may or may not be the same day as your request depending upon whether we have staff available.
3. Come to the library where your order will be waiting for you on the bench in front of the library.

Search our library catalog online

This online account allows you to view all checked out items, place holds on books, and build reading lists

Libby appDid you know our library has access to thousands of ebooks and audiobooks?

The free Libby app by Overdrive is the easiest way to get started with digital books, audiobooks, and magazines from our public library and is available for Android, iOS, Windows 10, some Chromebooks, and in your browser.

The Libby app works for all titles available on Bridges and has a ground-breaking ebook reader, and a beautiful audiobook player.


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Bridges: Iowa's eLibrarya consortium for Iowa public libraries to download eBooks, audiobooks, and magazines to your phone or tablet

         Click here for help with the Overdrive platform



Tumble Books click here


On desktops, we recommend using Chrome.

Our library subscribes to TumblePremium including the TumbleBook LibraryTumbleBook Cloud Jr., and TumbleMath

Students can enjoy animated talking picture books, chapter books, videos, non-fiction titles, graphic novels, and math stories

Parents and Teachers can view educational resources like lesson plans, quizzes, educational games, and puzzles related to both math and language skills.

Please let us know if you have any questions about this resource


Courtesy of the State Library of Iowa, Alton Public Library members are able to access:

Transparent Language Online - A web-based language learning program that includes 100 languages.  On your first visit, you will need to create an account including your library card number.  After that, continue to log in to your account to keep working through the lessons.

Stop by the library for username/password access information for the following databases:

Gale Databases - subjects covered: Arts, Business, Careers, Communications, Education, General Reference, Health, History, Hobbies, Humanities, Law, Literature, Multicultural, Newspapers, Science, Spanish, and Technology

Books & Authors - Lively reviews and recommendations make book selection fun

Chilton Auto Repair - Authoritative automotive repair covers the most popular vehicles of the past 30 years

Credo Online Reference - an easy-to-use tool for research, homework, and other reference needs  Gather background information on your topic from over 1,000 full-text encyclopedias and subject handbooks, as well as 500,000+ images and audio files and over 1,000 videos

Brainfuse JobNow/VetNow 

Open Book  Similar authors & books listed by Series 

Free Public Record Database

Newspaper Database Icon Our Genealogy Collection

Reading Counts Logo                                                                     AR Bookfinder Logo

JLG_2020 FREE access to JLG Digital online reading platform!

With JLG Gold Standard eBooks for Elementary, Middle School and High school students, JLG Digital gives you and your readers unlimited access to read books online.

Usernames & passwords are not needed! Simply click your book-stream choice below and you'll be automatically logged in!

Elementary Stream     Middle School Stream     High School Stream


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This resource is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by State Library of Iowa.