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about the iowa lakes library

most resources from iowa lakes community college libraries are available online 24/7 from most devices. off-campus access requires passwords to the databases and are available upon request.

library resources

two campus locations are also available, at the emmetsburg campus (adjacent to the wellness center) and estherville campus (adjacent to housing). each campus library contains a range of individual or group spaces, as well as computers that available to all students, staff, and faculty and offer quiet and not-so-quiet group space with free printing, scanning, and paid-copying. staff suggest that users scan documents that they wish to duplicate and print for free, instead of paying to copy.

the iowa lakes community college libraries’ collection consists of numerous magazines and newspapers, 111 databases with access to thousands of academic journal titles, over 40,000 ebooks, 20,000 physical books (plus an additional 76,000 titles from the jointed emmetsburg public library). all patrons are able to retrieve materials (books, articles, etc) from other libraries in iowa, the united states, and beyond through inter-library loan.

library services

inter-library loan give you access to books and articles from other libraries around iowa and the world for free. if you find materials that you need that we do not currently own, please contact library staff to access this service. this service may take several weeks for a physical book so please order well in advance of when you need it. borrowed articles are usually retrieved much sooner.

printing and copying and scanning

all printing and scanning is free to students. if you need copies of something, we suggest that you use the copy machine to scan the material to your email and then print your copies for free.


library staff provide hiset, psi (aviation), iowa state dental exams, iowa state pesticide certification, and occasionally make-up testing. please contact estherville library for psi and emmetsburg for dental and pesticide testing.

iowa lakes community college libraries locations

the iowa lakes community college libraries are academic libraries that serve the 5 iowa lakes campuses. we have two branches, one on the estherville campus and one on the emmetsburg campus. the estherville library is located between housing and the (now under-construction) theatre arts building, and the emmetsburg library is located adjacent to the wellness center. all students are able to use either campus library for free.

the emmetsburg campus library is a joint facility with the emmetsburg public library.

estherville campus library
300 south 18th street, estherville, ia 51334

emmetsburg campus library
3200 college drive, emmetsburg, ia 50536

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