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Dubuque - Carnegie-Stout Public Library

360 West 11th Street

Mission Statement:

The mission of the Carnegie-Stout Public Library is to improve the quality of life by providing resources that enhance and contribute to individual enjoyment, enlightenment, and knowledge.


Carnegie-Stout Public Library traces its origins to a subscription library of the 1850s when Dubuque was the largest and most prosperous city in Iowa. The activities of the Young Men's Literary Association, as this founding group was called, resulted in a demand in the 1890s for a free library.

Through the generosity of library philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, who agreed to endow the City with a building, and the donation of a site by former Dubuque Mayor Frank D. Stout, the free public library opened on October 20, 1902. The present library occupies the same building with an addition built in 1981.


L Walker

Saturday, April 21, 2018
My fiance and I just moved to Dubuque. We live together and I guess because we are not married I can't use his card to pick up books or DVDs for him while he's at work or etc. I think that sucks because if we live in the same household and it's not like we are abusing the privilege of taking out books or DVDs. Our DVDs and such are always return on time so I don't see where there's a problem and using his card if we have the same address. This policy sucks. Furthermore I don't appreciate that the supervisor there put a note on his account "that he should be able to use his own card" without his consent. You will be receiving a phone call from him and we would like to go over the supervisors head.


Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018
Beautiful building and friendly staff. Good selection of books.

John Bilodeau

Sunday, March 4, 2018
WiFi does not work with Netflix. Childish rules and policies

Troy Layne

Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017
Nice library with large sections for periodicals, children & teens. (Teen Zone).

Jamal Munford

Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Staff is professional. Library is progressive as well as forward thinking. Their level of service to the community goes over and beyond. Inventory is kept useful and current.

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