Winterset Public Library is extremely excited to welcome everyone back! Earlier in the week, library trustees and staff met approving a plan to reopen the library building to the public on Tuesday, July 14 – with some limits and precautions. 

After closing the library building on March 17 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the staff expanded curbside services. Having taken steps to protect the health of staff members and patrons, the trustees and staff are ready to reopen the library building to the public. Beginning Tuesday, July 14, the library building will be open to the public Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon-6 p.m., and Fridays from noon-5 p.m. Curbside service will remain available Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to close. 

If you or a member of your family have COVID-19, or may have been exposed to it within the last two weeks, please do not enter the library. Facial coverings are encouraged inside the building, but proper social distancing of at least six feet from others during your visit is required. 

To achieve social distancing, we can allow 15 patrons in the library at any time. To help the staff account for patron numbers, please sign the visitor’s log (first name only) and note your time of entry. So we can serve as many visitors as possible, in-library visits should be limited to one 30-minute session per day. As a sanitary precaution, our public restrooms are unavailable until further notice. 

The library will continue Monday through Friday curbside service, beginning daily at 10 a.m. Materials may be reserved by placing holds using the online catalog, by calling 515-462-1731, or by emailing Give us a call when arriving at the library, and we’ll bring your materials out to you. 

The staff, the trustees, and the friends of the Winterset Public Library are deeply grateful to our loyal patrons, friends, and library users for their support and encouragement during these extraordinary times. As a staff, we are very eager to get back to doing what we love – providing services and materials – and look forward to the day when we can once again host programs and gatherings. 

Good health and happy reading to all!