Book ClubsOPL hosts three book clubs which meet at the library each month:
- Readers Ink (reads primarily fiction) 2nd Wednesday at 5 p.m.
- Nonfiction Book Club 4th Thursday at 5:30 p.m.
- Speculative Literature Book Club 3rd Tuesday at 5:30 pm
Copies & CopyingThe 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 ServicesThe 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 RetrievalWe 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 RoomLocated 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 ReadersWe 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 TimesOn Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at 10:30 am, the children's librarian conducts different age appropriate story times. Mondays is called Music & Movement and is for infants and babies, Wednesdays is called Songs & Stories and is aimed at the under 3 age group, and on Friday is preschool story time.. For current story times and other children’s programming, please contact the
children's department at 641-682-7563 ext. 208.