Ottumwa Public Library 102 W . Fourth St . Ottumwa , Iowa 52501 641-682-7563 Web : www . ottumwapubliclibrary . org Email : info @ ottumwapubliclibrary . org
Hours are 9 a . m . to 7 p . m . Monday through Thursday , 9 a . m . to 5 p . m . Friday-Saturday . Mobile printing is also available . Call 641- 683-7563 for more information .
Vision Statement : The Ottumwa Public Library strives to provide opportunities , space , service and resources for the members of the community to expand their knowledge , imagination and perspective on the world that is open to everyone .
Mission Statement : The Ottumwa Public Library serves the residents of Ottumwa and Wapello county by providing resources to satisfy curiosity and stimulate the imagination of citizens ; offering a safe , comfortable place for the individual to enjoy and for the community to gather ; and endeavoring to inform patrons about their community and the resources it offers .
Board of Trustees President : Joyce Kramer Secretary : LeAnn Lemberger Trustees : Mike Carpenter , Jo Rohach and Patricia Essick
Library Services :
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 at the library . Please provide 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 9 a . m . 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 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 superhighway .
We offer wireless internet connectivity free of charge to the public . The wireless connection is available from 6 a . m . to 9 p . m . 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 .
Outside of Ottumwa
Agency Public Library 102 E . Main St . Agency , Iowa 52530 641-937-6002 agencypubliclibrary @ gmail . com www . agency . lib . ia . us
Regular hours are Monday-Wednesday , 9 a . m . -Noon and 4-7 p . m .; Thursday 9 a . m . - Noon and 4-6 p . m .; Friday 9 a . m . -Noon ; closed Saturday ; and Sunday 2-5 p . m .
Blakesburg Public Library 407 S . Wilson St . Blakesburg , Iowa 52536 641-938-2834 or 641-777-0048 ( cell ) library @ blakesburg . lib . ia . us www . blakesburg . lib . ia . us
Regular hours are Monday 4:30-8:30 p . m .; Tuesday 5:30-8:30 p . m .; Wednesday 4:30- 8:30 p . m .; Thursday 5:30-8:30 p . m .; closed Friday ; Saturday 8 a . m . -2 p . m .; closed Sunday .
Eddyville Public Library 202 S . Second St . Eddyville , Iowa 52553 641-969-4815 elibrary @ pcsia . net www . eddyville . lib . ia . us
Regular hours are Mondays and Tuesdays 9:30 a . m . -Noon, 1-5:30 p . m .; Wednesday 9:30 a . m . -Noon and 1-6 p . m .; Thursday 9:30 a . m . -Noon, 1-4 p . m .; Friday 9 a . m . -12:30 p . m .; Saturday 9-10 a . m .; closed Sunday .
Eldon Public Library 608 W . Elm St . Eldon , Iowa 52554 641-652-7517 library @ eldon . lib . ia . us www . eldon . lib . ia . us
Regular hours are Monday 2:30-6:30 p . m .; Tuesday-Thursday Noon-6:30 p . m .; Friday 2:30-6:30 p . m .; Saturday 10 a . m . -1 p . m .; closed Sunday .