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 Hawkins Memorial Library

Welcome to the Hawkins Memorial Library. The library is your one stop source for all of your informational needs. We have a large selection of books, magazines, newspapers, and electronic resources available to be checked out by our library card holders. Here you will also find electronic resources, news, announcements, and a calendar of upcoming library events!


Hawkins Memorial Library is seeking applications for Library Director

Hawkins Memorial Library is looking for an engaged, forward thinking Director with leadership skills and professionalism, excellent community relations, and the ability to take the Library to the next level of excellence in serving the community. The Director reports to the Board of Trustees and works with a dedicated staff. He/She directs all administrative, professional, and technical library activities.

An ideal candidate will be a welcoming person with strong interpersonal skills, demonstrated ability for effective public engagement and a passion for the importance of libraries in our community.

Educational, Experience, and Certification Requirements:

The educational requirement for Library Director is a high school diploma or a General Educational Development. At least two years of college classwork is preferred, but not required. Director endorsement by the State Library will need to be attained within two years of hire. One year of experience working in a library is highly preferred.

Essential Job Duties:

  • Advisor to the Library Board of Trustees on policy, finances, planning, library performance and law affecting libraries.
  • Financial – Maintains funding for the library through the city and county budget process. Provides reports to governmental agencies.
  • Personnel – Trains and supervises library department employees.
  • Policies - Implements and interprets Library Board policy to staff and the public.
  • Collection Development – Keeps the library collection up to date by following procedures in the Collection Development Policy.
  • Public Relations - Develops and manages Library services and programming, and supervises outreach services in the community through a variety of media.

·         Operations – Organizes and supervises day to day operations of the library. Provides recommendations regarding improvements and acquisitions necessary for the efficient and effective operation of the library.

  • Facilities – Maintains and arranges for repairs to the library building. Assists in the planning and coordination of improvement projects, including computer technology and other equipment.

·         Professional – Participates in County, Regional, and State organizations and trainings as budget allows.

Represents the library in the community by promoting its services and programs. Develops effective and positive working relationships with community leaders, Board of Trustees, Library staff, the La Porte City Council and attends City Council meetings as needed.

This is a full-time position, including some nights and Saturdays.

Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications. Benefits include health/dental/vision/life insurance, paid vacation/sick/holiday/bereavement/casual leave and participation in the Iowa Public Employees Retirement System.

Application Information:

The complete job description, application form, and instructions may be found on the Hawkins Memorial Library’s website: https://www.laportecity.lib.ia.us/, the City of La Porte City website: https://www.lpcia.com/employment;  or may be picked up in person at the library or City Hall, 202 Main Street, La Porte City, IA 50651


Please send a cover letter with salary expectations, a resume, a completed application form, and three professional references to: Hawkins Memorial Library Board of Trustees, 308 Main Street, La Porte City, IA 50651, or hawkins@laportecity.lib.ia.us.  Application deadline is June 15, or until this position is filled.

The City of La Porte City is an (EOE/AA) An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer for Veterans and individuals with disabilities.

City Seeking Applicants for Hawkins Memorial Library Board of Trustees

The City of La Porte City is seeking applicants to fill two expired six-year terms on the Hawkins Memorial Library Board of Trustees.  Applicants must reside inside the City limits of La Porte City.  The term will begin on July 1, 2024. The Library Board of Trustees directs and controls all affairs of the Library including holding regular meetings, hiring of staff, purchases, and record keeping.  This Board meets regularly on the second Monday of the month at 5:15 pm at Hawkins Memorial Library located at 308 Main Street.

If you have questions, or are interested in serving on the Hawkins Memorial Library Board of Trustees, please contact Hawkins Memorial Library or City Hall for an application, or submit a letter of interest to City Hall, 202 Main Street, La Porte City, IA 50651, or email to lpcclerk@lpctel.net

Deadline for applications is June 17, 2024.


Pickup or curbside service is offered to patrons not wishing to enter the library. Reserve library materials online for pick up including books, DVDs, magazines, and audiobooks. Open the catalog page below, login to your account, search the catalog or browse the What’s Hot section, click on titles you’re interested in, and place a reserve. Make sure your contact information is correct. You can also email at hawkins@laportecity.lib.ia.us, or call 319-342-3025, with your requests.