The Independence Public Library offers a full range of library services; including circulation of books, audio, and video materials, reference services, outreach to homebound patrons, and programing for adults, teens and youth.
Reference service is available by calling the library at (503) 838-1811 during open hours. After hours, contact us by e-mail and we will respond when the library is open, or for immediate assistance contact L-Net, the statewide reference center.
Those who live within the City of Independence, but who are unable to visit the library for medical reasons are encouraged to Contact Us to arrange for homebound delivery of library materials.
The library print collection includes non-fiction materials with an emphasis on general information and practical topics for all ages in English and Spanish. Fiction collections include general fiction, mystery, western, science fiction and inspirational titles. A growing large print collection is also available. The children's area features picture books, easy readers, juvenile fiction and juvenile non-fiction in English and Spanish.
Non-Print collections include
- Books on CD
- Downloadable Audio Books
- Videos (VHS)
- Downloadable Video
- CD Rom software
Visit our catalog to view titles and topics.
Community Space in the Library
The library meeting room is available for use by local community groups who meet the criteria described in the Meeting Room Policy. The meeting room will comfortably seat 20-30 at tables or 40 in a classroom configuration.
Family Story Time
An hour of stories, games, songs and finger plays for pre-school children and their parents or caregivers. See Events calendar for current schedule.
After School, Saturday and Summer Programs for Children and Young Adults
Educational and craft programs for ages five and up. Programs are typically held once a month with additional programs during the summer. The calendar lists current activity schedule.
Programs for Adults
The library offers programs for adult several times a year, with a wide range of topics. The Events calendar includes all upcoming library activities.