The Owatonna Public Library (OPL) is about to open up to in-person express services on Monday, April 12. There is no need to make an appointment, but there will still be some restrictions and limitations. Hours will be Mondays 12 to 5 pm and Tuesdays through Fridays 9 am to 5 pm. Patrons face a 45-minute limit per day.

Library Director Mark Blando says in a news release, "OPL staff continue to adapt our services in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, with an emphasis on the safety of our staff and patrons. Keep in mind, an in-person visit to the library will still look and feel different while the need for physical distancing continues."

Masks will still be mandated. If the building reaches capacity, no one else will be allowed in.

Visitors are allowed to do the following.

  • browse items
  • borrow materials
  • pick up holds
  • use self-check
  • use internet computers
  • use the printer

Limitations include

  • 45-minute limit
  • limited seating/tables available
  • no water fountain use (restrooms ARE accessible)
  • Teen Room/meeting rooms/play area for children all unavailable

Those age 15 and younger must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. For more information go to wwwo.owatonna.info or call the library at 507-444-2460.

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