Book Clubs

OPL hosts three book clubs which meet at the library each month: Call the library (641) 682-7563 to learn the latest book being read and to confirm that month's meeting time.
  • Readers Ink (reads primarily fiction) 2nd Wednesday at 6 p.m.
  • Nonfiction Book Club 4th Thursday at 5:30 p.m.
  • Speculative Literature Book Club 3rd Tuesday at 5:30 pm

Copies & Copying

The library has a copy machine available to the general public on the first floor of the library. Copies of letter sized and legal sized pages are $.15 per single-sided page.

Fax Services

The library offers faxing services to the general public. The public can both send and receive faxes at the library. There is a fee for faxing to long distance numbers and to receive faxes. It is free to fax to local and toll free numbers.

Genealogy Records Retrieval

We are happy to help patrons in their search for genealogical information. Patrons who are unable to come to the library in person may request that library staff retrieve an article or obituary for them. The library has newspapers from Ottumwa on microfilm from 1871 to the present date (there are some gaps in our collection prior to 1900). Individuals who would like to request a look-up can contact staff here. Please provide us with as much information about the search as you can.Donations for this service are welcomed.

Meeting Room

Located on the first floor of the library, the library's meeting room is available to use for events that are free and open to the public. The meeting room can accommodate a maximum of 35 people (depending upon seating arrangements required). Advanced booking is required. Please call the library at (641)682-7563 for further questions and to reserve the room.

Microfilm Readers

We currently offer three microfilm readers to the public. While the library primarily uses microfilm, both machines are also capable of reading microfiche cards up to 105 mm x 190 mm. Both readers have printers attached to them to allow for the printing of microfilm materials. Each printer is capable of printing in either letter (8.5 in. x 11 in.) or legal (8.5 in x 14 in.) size. The charge for printing microfilm materials is $.50 per exposure.

Story Times

Currently we are offering one storytime each week on Friday mornings at 9am. They are held in the  library for stories, songs and a craft. Because young children are unable to be vaccinated masks and social distancing are still recommended. For current story times and other children’s programming, please contact the
children's department at 641-682-7563 ext. 208.

Public Use Computers

The library has computers available for use by the public. Access to public computers is managed by reservation software on a first come first serve basis. Patrons should bring their library card to gain access to an available computer. Out-of-town guests may request a guest pass in order to use a computer.

The Reminisce Society

The Reminisce Society meets once a month (September through May), on the fourth Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. in the library's meeting room. The program series features speakers and workshops focusing on Ottumwa and area history and family genealogy, with plenty of opportunities for participants to share reminiscences about the “good old days.”

Wireless Internet

The library is your toll-free on-ramp to the information super highway. We offer wireless internet connectivity free of charge to the public. The wireless connection is available from 6am to 9pm. The SSID of the connection is "Library". Unfortunately, the library does not have wireless connection equipment available to loan. Users must bring their own equipment.