About Our Library
To provide excellence
in services and resources
to bring people and information together.
100 East First Street
In 1900, Walter S. Benton, a former resident, bequeathed $10,000 for purchasing library books, with the city expected to provide a building by 1903.
After a failed compromise between the city and trustees for the estate, the Francis Shaw Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), under the leadership of Miss "Lou" Shaw, took charge of the campaign and raised construction funds.
In January 1903, the library was handed over to the city, built solely from private funds.
The structure remained greatly unchanged from its opening until the 1990s, struggling to meet the seating, programming, and technology needs of a growing community.
The path to a new library facility began in 1998 with a building assessment and the donation of a construction site by Ernest J. Buresh, a former Anamosa resident.
A New Library Takes Shape
In December 1999, Buresh's family also committed $500,000 to the project, contigent upon the community raising a million dollars by December 2002 to receive the pledge.
OPN Architects of Cedar Rapids, Iowa was secured as the facility's design team, and the capital campaign launched in April 2000.
By August 2000, the campaign settled on a new library facility with 12,000 square feet at a cost of $2.2 million dollars.
The Anamosa City Council, the Jones County Board of Supervisors, numerous local individuals, several Iowa foundations, and the Vision Iowa program all pledged funds to the project.
Funds to match the Buresh pledge were secured before the established deadline, a volunteer feat unmatched in the city's history without the aid of a bond referendum.
The Library Opens
The new Anamosa Library and Learning Center opened to the public in November 8, 2004 with a grand opening celebration in December of that year.
The facility features modern technology, an expanded circulating collection, the Jones County Genealogy collection, a community meeting room, private meeting/study areas, and aesthetics reflecting Jones County's limestone history created by Weber Stone Company, Stone City, Iowa.
Our Staff Members
Rebecca, Library Director
Veronica - Youth Services Librarian
Barb, Cataloging Librarian
Steve - Technology LIbrarian
Current Job Openings
The Anamosa Library & Learning Center is seeking applications for a Library Clerk. The position is part-time, up to 12 hours per week. Evening and weekend work are required.
Reporting to the Director, primary duties of the library clerk include:
Issuing borrower cards,
Entering patrons into the computer system,
Checking out and returning items,
Collecting fines and fees,
Sorting and shelving materials,
Answering questions on the phone and in person,
Instructing patrons on how to use library equipment,
Notifying patrons of reserved materials,
Other duties as assigned.
Applicants must have a High School Diploma or equivalency. Customer service experience preferred.
To apply, please submit a City of Anamosa application form to the library. Review of applications will begin immediately. Applications must be received by Monday, July 13th, 2020.
The Anamosa Library & Learning Center/City of Anamosa is an equal opportunity employer.