About the Library

The Vision of the Carnegie-Stout Public Library is to be a model of excellence in library service as perceived by its customers and the library community. The library strives to be a vital resource that educates, informs, enriches, empowers, and entertains.
The Mission of the Carnegie-Stout Public Library is to improve the quality of life by providing resources for individual enjoyment, enlightenment, knowledge, and that enhance the literacy of youth.
Carnegie-Stout Public Library (C-SPL) has been serving the Dubuque community since 1902. Its collection of more than 240,000 items is comprised of print, audio/video materials, and various online resources including ebooks, digital magazines, streaming movies, research databases, and more. C-SPL offers an inventory of non-traditional items for check out as well, from hot spots, Kindles, and GoPro cameras to baking pans, board games, and ukuleles.
 C-SPL hosts after hours First Fridays events featuring the works of local artists at Art @ your library® alternating with original music by local and regional musicians in Music @ your library®. 


Each trustee is appointed by the Mayor of the City of Dubuque to serve a term of four years. If you are interested in a trustee position, click here.


Library board meetings are held on the fourth Thursday of each month (except for November and December) at 4 p.m. in the Lacy Board Room, located on the third floor of the library. Please contact Library Administration at 563-589-4225, ext. 4313 if you wish to be added to the Board agenda.

Most Recent Agenda | Most Recent Meeting Minutes For electronic copies of past agendas and meeting minutes, please contact us.

Board of Trustees
Christina Monk - President
Pam Mullin - Vice President
Robert Armstrong
Greg Gorton
Victor Lieberman
Patty Poggemiller

From left to right: Robert Armstrong, President Christy Monk, Greg Gorton, Secretary Rosemary Kramer, Patty Poggemiller, Vice President Pam Mullin, and Victor Lieberman

Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Carnegie-Stout Public Library is a nonprofit, independent organization established in 1978 to help support the library in serving the Dubuque community. The Friends desire is to promote the growth and welfare of the library, enrich its resources, and make its services better known.

Join the Friends of the Carnegie-Stout Public Library

We welcome you to join the Friends as an individual, family, or business. For more information about Friends of the Carnegie-Stout Public Library and how to join, please call 563-589-4313.

Friends of the Carnegie-Stout Public Library Board Members

  • JoNita Grabow - Board President
  • Barb Croghan - Vice President
  • Mary Burns - Treasurer
  • Tamara Prenosil, Secretary
  • Joe Burns
  • Anthony Grabow
  • Jim Puls
  • Karen Storlie

Book Sales

The Friends typically host two book sale events each year. These sales feature thousands of items including fiction, history, biography, children’s books, graphic novels, audiobooks, and DVDs. They also offer a daily book sale section located in the historic wing on the second floor of the library.  

Book Donations

The Friends will accept book donations that meet the following guidelines:

  • No general fiction, or romance genre books older than five years
  • In good condition (no writing, tape, yellowing, mold, or odor)
  • No text books
  • No encyclopedias
  • No magazines

Books donated are reviewed and will either be added to the library collection or included in one of the bi-annual book sales. Donations to the Friends of the Carnegie-Stout Public Library are tax-deductible.

Our Mission

Carnegie-Stout Public Library Foundation

The Carnegie-Stout Public Library Foundation supports and enriches the library through private fundraising and advocates for the library as our community's greatest resource for individual enjoyment, enlightenment, and knowledge.

Our Vision

The Foundation envisions the Carnegie-Stout Public Library as the heart of the Dubuque community and a gateway for expanding horizons through leading edge access to information, entertainment, learning, and innovation for all.

Our History

The Carnegie-Stout Public Library Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization established in 1996 to promote reading and life-long learning. The Foundation is an all-volunteer organization with a Board of Directors committed to the belief that great communities deserve great libraries.
C-SPL Funded Projects, 2002-2020

Our Commitment

The Foundation Board of Directors raises funds through donations, grants, and bequests, which are distributed to the library for specific projects. The Board is guided by the principle that Foundation funds are intended to supplement, but not replace, public funding for the normal operating needs of the library. DONATE

Foundation Board of Directors

Jane O'Neill - President

Nick Patrum - Treasurer

Dustin Baker

Mike FitzPatrick

Brittany Loeffelholz

Pat Maddux

Christy Monk

Pam Mullin

Patty Poggemiller

Andy Schroeder

Cindy Wagner


The library has meeting rooms and spaces available for rent.

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Mailing Address:
Carnegie-Stout Public Library
360 W. 11th St.
Dubuque, IA 52001

(563) 589-4225

(563) 589-4217

Monday - Thursday
9 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Friday & Saturday
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

12 - 5 p.m.


>New Year's Eve
>New Year's Day
>MLK Day
>Sunday before Memorial Day
>Memorial Day
>Fourth of July
>Sunday before Labor Day
>Labor Day
>Veteran's Day
>Day Before Thanksgiving Close At 5
>Thanksgiving Day
>Friday after Thanksgiving
>Christmas Eve
>Christmas Day

Nick Rossman,
Library Director

Michelle Oberhoffer,
Circulation Manager

Amy Muchmore,
Adult Services Manager

Danielle Day,
Youth Services Manager

Michael Kerth,
I.T. Systems Manager

Dave March,
Maintenance Supervisor

Deb Stephenson,
Relations Supervisor

Denette Kellogg,
Administrative Assistant