Ottumwa Library Open For Browsing By Appointment Starting Friday


The Ottumwa Public Library is allowing patrons to browse by appointment, beginning Friday.

According to a press release, starting Friday, April 9, the Ottumwa Public Library will be allowing patrons with appointments to browse and check out materials, as well as use the computers. The release stated that the decision was made in light of lower COVID case numbers and increasing vaccinations. In order remain vigilant and in the interest of the community’s health, safety protocols will stay in place.

All library patrons will be required to wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status, and all library staff will be wearing masks as well. Disposable masks will be available for patrons that do not have one. Patrons will also be required to use hand sanitizer upon entry. Appointments will be limited to 5 per hour to limit the number of people in the building and to allow for social distancing between computers and those browsing the collection.  Children will need to remain by the patron and cannot wander in the building.

Curbside, homebound delivery, free WiFi on library grounds, as well as mobile hotspots for internet use will continue to be offered. All of these are in addition to the online services and programs at 

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