Holds are limited to 10 per account to help ​us ​manage safe lending practices during the pandemic​.​

Starting June 1, the library building will be open with limited capacity and services from 12-6 PM daily. See our Reopening Plan for details.

Library Reopening Plan

Library Reopening Plan

Read our Director's letter to the community

Imagine more.

The health and safety of our patrons, staff, and the community at large is our highest priority during this uncertain time. Our main goals are to get books, movies, and music back into your hands, get staff back to work, and see you walk through our doors.

We’re working hard to gradually reopen the library with a phased approach. Please understand that each phase may be reevaluated to conform with the latest orders from the state or county, service demand, library capacity, and the current situation at hand. 

PHASE 1 — Building closed to the public with outdoor walk-up services

Launched May 18, 2020


  • Building is closed to the public
  • Our online library is open 24-7
  • HyVee and Checkers book drops are closed
  • No library services May 24-25 for Memorial Day
  • Main library book drop is open at 7th and Kentucky
  • HyVee Smartlocker service resumes
  • Returns get quarantined for 3 days before check-in

Begin walk-up holds pick up

If you had holds waiting for you on the shelf before we closed, you’ll be able to pick them up by appointment. Check your email for details about this walk-up-only service.

Begin returning materials

Building Map COVID-19 Phase 1 Reopening

Phase 1 — Walk-up services only

More than 48,000 library items are currently checked out. To avoid an avalanche of returns, you may take your time returning items to the main library drop. Remember, we’re fine free!

PHASE 1.5 — Placing holds resumes

Begins May 26, 2020

  • Limit 10 per account
  • Place holds from your account or phone
  • Browse catalog here

PHASE 2 — Limited building access, hours, and services

Begins June 1, 2020


  • All services from Phase 1 continue
  • The building will be open from 12-6 PM daily
  • Building access is limited to areas for holds pickup and checkout using self-check machines
  • Wear your face mask inside the library (we'll have extras on hand while supplies last)
  • Keep a 6-foot distance between you and others
  • Public restrooms in the Main Lobby are open
  • HyVee and Checkers book drops reopen

For your protection and ours

Building Map COVID-19 Phase 2 Reopening cropped

 Phase 2 — Opening the Main Lobby, Accounts Desk, and self-check machines

Staff and patrons will be required to wear face masks while in the building. As a proactive measure to reduce the spread of COVID-19, our Accounts Desk will feature plexiglass shields. Staff/patron interactions will be reserved only for specific library account questions. We'll refer you to our website for answers whenever possible. Our Facilities crew will be cleaning and disinfecting regularly with heightened attention to high-touch areas.

If you feel sick

Please use the library safely from home. Get some rest and come see us when you feel better!

We miss being a community hub

We're not quite ready to have you browse the stacks, get coffee with a friend, and read in the "big-window" corners. Your favorite cozy chairs will be back, but for now they're off the floor. We ask that you make your visit short and sweet — just about as long as it takes to grab your holds, check out, and get help with your account.

PHASE 3 — Expanded building access, hours, and services

Date to be determined.

PHASE 4 — Back to “normal” as the library you know and love

Date to be determined.

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