Library Closure Information
Important Information while the library is closed.
In the best interest of public safety, the Oelwein Public Library has decided to close effective immediately until further notice. We have taken the necessary steps to ensure your remote use of the library will be uninterrupted, including extending due dates. If anything else changes in the future with regards to the library or our services, we will notify our patrons immediately. At this time, staff are available to answer your calls over the phone Monday-Friday 9:30 am-4:30 pm* at 319-283-1515. *Subject to change as conditions warrant. We will do our best to serve you remotely during this time and continue to provide updates. Thank you for your patience.
Frequently Asked Questions and Online Resources:
What if my items are due?
The due dates for all checked-out circulating materials have been extended to April 1st, 2020. If we are unable to open at that time they will be extended further. Finished your book or movie? You can return in our book drop box in front of the library. Remember we are a fine free library.
What if my holds are ready?
Holds that are listed as ready for pick up will be held until we reopen. You will be called and have three days to pick up.
Online Services available with your library card can be found under the Resources tab, at the top of the page, linking you to Bridges, Hoopla, Transparent Languages and Gale Databases. Other links available are the Oelwein Daily Register newspaper Archives, Iowa Workforce Development, Income Tax Links and more.
Where can I get accurate information about the Coronavirus?
The library compiled a list of links to reputable health information about COVID-19 that can be accessed here.
Where can I find unemployment information due to Coronavirus closings?
This information can be found on the Iowa Workforce Development site here.
Iowa Legal Aid COVID-19 Hotline 1-800-332-0419
The COVID-19 Legal Information Hotline, operated by Iowa Legal Aid in partnership with The Iowa State Bar Association and The Polk County Volunteer Lawyers Project, helps Iowans with COVID-19 issues related to evictions, foreclosures, employment, domestic violence, child custody, living wills, durable power of attorney for health care decisions, business issues and more. Volunteer lawyers provide brief, limited scope, pro bono legal services, typically in the form of one return call per hotline caller, to help Iowans navigate legal issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic.