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UPDATE: Waterloo Library closes its doors again due to COVID-19 risk level rising in Black Hawk County

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UPDATE (10/28/20):

Black Hawk County's COVID-19 risk level moved to 'high' Wednesday. With that, the Waterloo Public Library building will be closed to the public again, effective at 7 p.m. tonight.

Curbside services will be available beginning Thursday at 9 a.m.


Original story (10/16/20):

WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) - The Waterloo Public Library entered phase 3 of their reopening plan, and allowing the public in the building comes with it.

The public no longer needs to look for books digitally and use the curbside pick-up option. However, the curbside pick-up service is still available for the public to use, if they are wanting to be cautious with the continuing presence of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We understand that some people may still not be comfortable entering the building and for those we are going to continue to offer our curbside pickup services for most of our library services,” Waterloo Public Library Marketing and Volunteer Services Manager Amy Rousselow said.

After reviewing how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the area, the library decided to move forward with their re-opening plan. Wearing masks, social distancing, and limiting time spent in the building are safety measure the library is taking.

Printing, copying, faxing, and overall computer use can now be done without the need of making an appointment.

Families are excited to finally be able to walk into the library, and get to preview the books, in hand, before checking them out.

“My kids like the experience of coming in here and seeing everything and putting a book in your hand, unlike digital reading." Waterloo resident and mother Dawn Miltenberger said.

“I love it. I haven’t been here since March. We’re friends with all of the staff and it’s just a place like home and we really missed coming," Waterloo resident Maria St. John said.

The library has also extended its hours of operation:

  • Monday: 9am-5pm
  • Tuesday: 9am-5pm
  • Wednesday: 9am-7pm
  • Thursday: 9am-5pm
  • Friday: 9am-5pm
  • Sunday: CLOSED

The Waterloo Public Library hopes everybody follows their safety measures, so it can continue with other phases of its re-opening plan.

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