Monday, March 16, 2020

Ottumwa Public Library Temporarily Closing

Dear Library Patrons:

The Ottumwa Public Library will temporarily close to the public as of Tuesday, March 17, 2020 due to the COVID-19 virus.  We will be in constant reassessment about when we will reopen. This difficult decision is based on communications and guidance provided from local, state, and federal levels of government.

We are constantly getting updated information and at this time we feel the safest decision for our staff and patrons is to close and therefore limit our interactions and prevent further spread of the virus.
  • All library-sponsored programs, events, and classes are now postponed through April 13. (This includes all book clubs in and out of the library.)
  • All outreach is cancelled.
  • No materials will be due before April 13, though patrons can still return to our alley drop box at any time.
  • All online services will be available to all library card holders. 

We have a number of digital services available. You can enjoy downloading magazines, e-books, audio books, music or children’s Tumble Books from our website with your library card.  These are all free services and are available 24/7.

For authoritative and current information about COVID-19, we encourage you to contact the Wapello County Public Health website, the Iowa Department of Public Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

For any questions on accounts or the status of the library, please contact me at

We will continue to keep you updated through our website and Facebook page.

Thank you,

Sonja Ferrell