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The Friends of the Hiawatha Public Library is a volunteer organization dedicated to the support of our library. As a member of Friends, you will be making a contribution to the future of our Library and our community. Friends are people who:

  • Care about our community
  • Support and cooperate with the Library in developing, maintaining, and enhancing facilities, resources, and services for the public
    Understand and support the Vision and Mission of the Library
  • Wish to stimulate the use of the Library’s facilities, resources, and services
    Assist with fundraising efforts, and encourage gifts, endowments, and bequests for the benefit of the Library
  • Wish to focus public attention on the Library
  • Will support the freedom to read as expressed in the American Library Association Bill of Rights

The Friends raise funds to be used by the Library for activities not ordinarily covered under the library's operating budget. The Friends contribute to the summer reading program for children, young adults and adult programs.

Materials Donation Policy

The Friends of the Hiawatha Public Library gratefully accept your gently used, resellable items to sell in our bookstore or at our special book sales. Our funds support library literacy programs. We work hard to offer good quality items at great prices for this cause.

Before donating, please see these guidelines or ask for a copy of our donation policy at the main desk.

We accept gently-used books, magazines, DVDs, CDs, and Audiobooks that are in good condition and which others would want to purchase. We cannot accept more than two boxes at a time.

For donations larger than two boxes, please contact: Tom Raley @ 319-393-6833

Please recycle or discard the following at home:

  • Books that are chewed, soiled, musty, moldy, tattered
  • Books missing pages or that have excessive writing in the text
  • Books that smell of smoke or have water damage or mildew


  • Hardcover and paperback fiction books for children, teens, and adults
  • Rare, signed, or 1st Edition books
  • Popular nonfiction books such as cookbooks, biographies, history, or memoirs
  • Financial/business books, travel guidebooks, test preparation books, health books, psychology and self-help books, dictionaries and thesauruses all published in the last 5 years
  • Magazines published in the last three months
  • Complete, working movie and television show DVDs and music CDs
  • Classics in good condition
  • Unabridged audiobooks
  • Complete record albums in good working condition


  • Any materials in poor condition
  • Audio cassettes or VHS tapes
  • Textbooks
  • Encyclopedia sets
  • Readers Digest Condensed books
  • Outdated books about computers, self-help, medical, and financial information
  • Catalogs
  • Professional journals
  • Odds and ends such as
    • calendars, journals, computer software, puzzles, and toys


The Friends of the Hiawatha Public Library meet at the library on the third Thursday of each month at 6:00 p.m. The next meeting will be on October 20. Please email Alicia Mangin, Staff Liaison, for specific dates. All Friends members and interested individuals are encouraged to attend. New voices and ideas are welcome.


Attend library events, summer programs and fundraising efforts.


Volunteers are needed to help with special projects such as:

  • Staff appreciation luncheons
  • Programming and refreshments
  • Visiting speakers
  • Book sales


Your financial gifts help the Friends help the library provide programs for all ages.

Amazon Smile  

Shop on Amazon and support the library at the same time. Visit Amazon Smile and designate the Friends of the Hiawatha Public Library as your charity of choice. A percentage of your purchase will be donated to the Friends of the Hiawatha Public Library.

Thank you for thinking of us!

Join the Friends of the Hiawatha Public Library

Print our application or email the group at to learn more.