Sunday, March 20, 2022

Library Status Due to COVID-19

The Ottumwa Public Library is currently offering curbside pickup service.

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Curbside pickup

Friday, August 14, 2020

Mobile Printing Now Available at Ottumwa Public Library


The Ottumwa Public Library patrons are now able to send print jobs to the library from their phones, tablets, computers or any device from the internet.  This is one more added service that the Ottumwa Public Library is implementing in a continuing effort to help cross the digital divide.  

“One of the biggest voids left by our closure to the public is a lack of places for members of the community to go to print documents,” Ottumwa Public Library Director Sonja Ferrell said.  “While we feel it is still unsafe to bring everyone back into the building, we are working hard to provide our same services through alternative means and updating the technology available to the public.”

In order to print from a device the patrons should first go to and on the right hand side there will be an icon that says, “Mobile Printing Available.”  From there they will browse the documents on their device and select which one(s) to print.  They will choose a size and black and white versus color.  Once they have sent the job to the library patrons should call the library to schedule a pick up time. Specific directions are available through the link on the library’s website.

“We hope that this option alleviates some of the demand for printing while at the same time protecting the health of our community,” Ferrell said.

Contact the Ottumwa Public Library at 641-682-7563 with any questions.

Monday, August 3, 2020

Library to Pause Computer Reservation Service

Dear Ottumwa Public Library Patrons,

Due to the statement below released by Wapello County Public Health and Wapello County Emergency Management this morning, the Ottumwa Public Library is going to discontinue computer appointments for this week. We will reevaluate again next Monday, and when Wapello County moves back out of the Red Zone we will start them back up. We apologize for the inconvenience. The health of our community, patrons, and staff is our top priority. Our curbside pickup will continue and patrons can also check out Wi-Fi hotspots.

Sonja Ferrell, Director
641-682-7563 ext 202


Lynelle Diers, Wapello County Public Health
Tim Richmond, Wapello County Emergency Management

According to White House reports and county data, Wapello County moved into the White House identified red zone for cases indicating more than 100 new cases per 100,000 population last week, and the red zone for test positivity, indicating approximately 10.4 % positivity. The county has also experienced a sharp increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations.

Wapello County has seen dramatic growth in new cases over the past two weeks across all age ranges including the 0-17 age group; and both symptomatic and asymptomatic positive cases throughout all ages have contributed to the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

Aggressive mitigation strategies will disrupt the spread of COVID-19. In accordance with CDC and IDPH recommendations, residents of Wapello County should be vigilantly social distancing and wearing a mask when outside the home. When possible, limit social gatherings and reduce public activities and social interactions. White House reports, CDC and IDPH warn to protect anyone with serious medical conditions at home by social distancing and using high levels of personal hygiene, including hand washing and cleaning surfaces.

If you are sick or don't feel well, stay home and isolate from other individuals in the household. Call your health care provider to determine a treatment plan. If symptoms are severe, call 911. If you have been tested for COVID, stay home until test results are received. If you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, be aware that people may develop COVID up to 14 days after exposure, and can shed the virus 48 hours before symptoms appear. Exposed individuals should quarantine to prevent transmission of the virus.

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Friday, July 10, 2020

Virtual Summer Reading Show- Juggler Jason Kollum!

Please plan to join us for our next Virtual Summer Reading Show

Juggler Jason Kollum!

Join us over Zoom Tuesday, July 14 at 10AM

This is a message from Jason: In this show, YOU become the Juggler too!
Here are the items that I would like everyone to gather prior to the show, as everybody will be on their feet at the end learning juggling and balancing skills.   

Please get ONE object for balancing (tennis racquet, plunger, or a broomstick) 
PLUS a set of 3 plastic bags you would get when you checkout at Walmart, Target, or the grocery store.

Everybody of all ages will get a chance to participate!

All children signed up for the summer reading program through ReadSquared have been emailed a link to the zoom meeting. If your children are not signed up but would like to attend the performance please email the library at and we will send you the link.