WP Library/Museum


What’s New?

Beginning  on March 3, 2011 and continuing every other Wednesday, the Library will host  Senior Activity  Day from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  All senior citizens are welcome to come and go as they please during the activities.  Please join us…We look forward to seeing you!!!


The West Point Library, Museum and Tourist Information Center is located at 317 5th St in West Point Iowa.  Our services include: free Internet (including WIFI), copy service, fax service, free check out of books, magazines, audio books, DVDs and videos. Our facility houses seven display cases with numerous historic memorabilia from West Point and the surrounding area. We provide tourist information on destinations in Southeast Iowa and throughout the Iowa, Illinois and Missouri region. Our conference room is available for business meetings, pubic programs and private parties. Please stop by or call us at 319-837-6315. You can also reach us by email at cshwartz@westpoint.lib.ia.us or visit our website at www.westpoint.lib.ia.us.

Hours of operation:
Monday – Thursday (12-7pm)
Friday (12-6pm)
Saturday (9am – 3pm)

Holiday Closings. The Library is generally closed on Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, and on New Years Day.

Library Services include:

  • Inter-library loan service
  • Computer access
  • Reference service
  • Internet access
  • Photo copying (black/white & color)
  • Faxing
  • Scanning
  • Laminating service
  • CDS/ audio tapes
  • Geneology material
  • Videos
  • Best sellers
  • WiFi available
  • Practice tests for a variety of subjects

 Library Programs include:

  • Story Time (September thru April) excluding January
    * Every Tuesday beginning at 10am
    * stories, games, songs and crafts designed for preschool age children
  • Banned Book Week (October)
  • Summer Reading Program (June thru August)
    * programs and reading incentives designed for children of all ages
  • Adult Reading Program (September thru October)
    * Book Discussion Group and The Book Babes discuss the pick of the month (meet 3rd Saturday of every month, ecluding August)
  • Children’s Book Week (May)
    * treats, gifts and contests designed for children of all ages
  • National Library Week (April)
    * treats, gifts and contests designed for readers of all ages
  • Teen Read Week (October)                                                                             * celebrate teens and books                                                                            



The West Point Museum, which is located on the east side of the town square in West Point at 317 5th Street., was established in 1977 by the West Point Historical Society. Museum items include numerous 1800 to 1900 period furnishings and artifacts. An ever-expanding collection includes;

  • Women’s bustle dresses, hats, high-top shoes, and rattan baby-buggy with umbrella (circa 1890)
  • Military uniforms w/medals (WWI [Army], WWII [Army & Air Force], Korean War [Army])
  • Kleber family German bibles, wedding dress and pedal-organ (1850-1890)
  • Dr. Poepsels medical office furniture and equipment (1928-)
  • Ossenbrink apothecary cage and display cases (1917)
  • Link family rattan funeral casket (1920)
  • Ben Pieper Indian spear point collection (8000 BC through 500 AD)
  • West Point newspaper collection (issues beginning in 1878)
  • School photographs (St. Mary’s 1903-1966 and Park Public School 1954-1980)
  • German hand scythe and farm tools (pre-1925)

MUSEUM TOURS . Guided tours, which include a brief history of museum artifacts, are provided by Historical Society members upon request. If you are visiting the West Point community and desire a guided tour, telephone (319)837-6315 and leave a message for the Historical Society.