Ottumwa Library Offers Update, Remains Closed for Now


The Ottumwa Public Library, which has been closed to the public since this past March, provided an update for the public earlier this week.

Due to concerns with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the library will remain closed, according to Library Director Sonja Ferrell. Digital services and curbside pickup are still available to patrons.

Ferrell says there are other library services available as well:

  • Curbside pick-up of books, DVDs, and magazines for check out.
  • Mobile printing with curbside pick-up.
  • Free Wi-Fi availability on Library property.
  • Circulation of Mobile internet hotspots.
  • E-books and electronically downloadable audio books via our Bridges service.
  • Online programming for adults through our book clubs.
  • Online programming for children with Allyson’s Music & Movement videos on Facebook.
  • Drive through craft bag give aways for children.
  • Phone and online reference questions answered.

Ferrell says the library’s Board of Trustees reevaluates the local situation and meets biweekly as needed. Guidance from local health officials and public health data are used to determine what is best for the library. Ferrell says the board’s top priority is “the health of our patrons, community and staff and we are doing our best to offer every kind of service that we safely can during this time.”

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