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Posted on: April 30, 2020

OPL Updates as of June 10

OPL No-Contact Pickup and Online Programs and Services

No-Contact Library Materials Pickup at OPL

The Owatonna Public Library (OPL) building remains closed until further notice. OPL librarians are offering no-contact pickup for library materials on a limited basis. Staff will call you when your requests have arrived and pickups will be openly available (no appointments) Noon-4:00 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays, and beginning the week of June 1 also 4:00-6:00 p.m. on Tuesdays & Thursdays.

How No-Contact Library Materials Pickup works:

  1. Place requests online via the Library Catalog, or call and leave a voicemail message at 507-444-2460. Not sure exactly what to request? Fill out this form to request an OPL To-Go Bag!
  2. OPL staff will call to notify you when your requests are ready for pickup. You can stop by any time Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays between the hours of 12 noon - 4:00 p.m., or Tuesdays & Thursdays 4:00-6:00 p.m. Pick up your materials within 7 days of receiving your phone call.
  3. Park your vehicle (or bike) and come to the Broadway entrance of OPL during your assigned delivery time slot. Do Not Open the Door. OPL staff will use the automatic door opener to meet one person at a time at the door. Tell us your name, and we will place the bag of your requests on a table for you to pick up.

For your health & safety, and ours, please wear a face mask during pickup.

Outside Book Drop

The outside book drop has re-opened. Return items only in the book drop; staff will not accept returns at the door. Library staff will quarantine returned materials for at least 24 hours before processing them. OPL will not collect fines for overdues that accrue while the building is closed. Return library materials only in the book drop; we are unable to accept donations at this time.

Online Library Programming

Online Storytimes With Darla will continue via Facebook Live this summer June-August. Tune in at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday & Thursday mornings.

Online Library Materials

OPL provides dozens of online resources to Steele County residents available with your library card, including eBooks and eAudiobooks through the Libby and Hoopla apps, music, TV shows, and movies through Hoopla, music downloads and streaming with Freegal, and a wide range of databases and directories including Value Line, Consumer Reports, HeritageQuest, and many more.

Get a Library Card

Steele County residents who do not currently have an OPL card can register for access to Online Library Materials by filling out this form. Library staff will set up your new library account and send you your card number via email. Your physical library card will be available to pick up when the library reopens.

Summer Reading Program

All ages (kids, teens, & adults) are invited to register for the Summer Reading Program! Sign up here. You can download and print the Summer Reading Program brochure here. Join us on the OPL Children’s Services Facebook page at 10:30 a.m. every Tuesday & Thursday for Storytime Online With Darla! Garden Time is also on Tuesday mornings.

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