Library Response

The fact that our public library brings so many community members together means that the library will also be a place of likely transmission of the new coronavirus, which now has community spread in Iowa. We will do our part to slow the spread and keep everyone in our community safe. Starting Tuesday, March 17, the Waverly Public Library building will be closed to the public until further notice. All meetings and library programs are cancelled.

At this point, we are still answering reference questions through phone, email, and social media. Reference assistance will be available from 9:00 AM-5:00 PM, Monday-Friday. Most of our online resources can be accessed from home, including Libby (free digital books, magazines, and audiobooks) and Bookflix (free books and literacy-related games for kids). Access these resources at The WiFi is still on and can be accessed from the parking lot. If you have any questions about how to use any of our resources, call us.  We will be continuously reevaluating the local situation and keeping you up to date on the availability of library services through the library website, the library Facebook page, the Waverly Newspapers, and KWAY.

Our return bins are currently closed (see the update below for more information), for both your safety and that of our staff. We are already a fine-free library, and we will be waiving fines for those few items that still accrue overdue fines during this time. Your health and that of the community will take precedence over material due dates.

We will do our best to serve you remotely during this time, and we will continue to provide updates. Thank you for your patience. If you have any questions, please contact us. We are here.

UPDATE 05/15/2020

Starting June 1, we will reopen the drive through window for patrons to pick up prearranged book and material orders. Prearranged delivery of materials will also be available for those who do not feel safe leaving their homes for any reason. (Delivery radius TBA.)

To take advantage of either service, call the library at (319) 352-1223 one business day prior to your desired pick up or delivery day, and give the librarian a list of what you'd like, with a maximum of 10 items. Both services will be available from 9 AM-5 PM, Monday through Friday. The outdoor return drops will also be reopened starting Tuesday, May 26 at 9 AM. Dates for all services are subject to change based on significant fluctuations in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Bremer County.

The library building will not open at this time. However, further reopening steps are part of a phased plan that is currently in place, which takes into account the safe business practice recommendations of local, state, and national health organizations, area case numbers, and the availability of cleaning and protective supplies, many of which are currently on backorder. We are very excited to be able to get books, movies, and more out to all of you starting June 1, and we will stay in communication regarding any further reopening steps.


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