In the best interest of public safety, the Waterloo 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 and updating expiring cards. If anything else changes in the future with regards to WPL and the services we provide, we will communicate that to our patrons immediately.
At this time, staff members are available to answer your calls over the phone Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm* at 319-291-4476. *Subject to change as conditions warrant. More information and frequently asked questions can be found below. Thank you.
A new resource from WPL to help you stay safe, strong and sane in these uncertain times.
Enjoy our large digital collection free with your library card!
Now is a great time to get familiar with our digital collection. Do you have questions about our free apps Libby, Hoopla, RBdigital, or Transparent Language? Give us a call. We will help you, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday - Friday!* 319-291-4476
*Subject to change as conditions warrant.
Important information while the library is closed
From our Youth Department:
We sure do miss having storytime with you! In the meantime check out these kid friendly digital offerings provided for free through your library. We recommend you try out Tumble Book Library with your children. Tumble Book Library is a curated database of children’s e-books made with over 1100 titles for grades K-6, including unique animated, talking picture books, read-along chapter books, National Geographic videos, non-fiction books, graphic novels, playlists, lesson plans, quizzes, educational games, and books in Spanish and French. No limits! Just click and start watching. It's that easy!
We also encourage you to try Kids InfoBits if your kids start getting antsy for something do while school is out. Have them conduct research on animals, people, places, and so much more!
If you are looking for ebooks and audiobooks for your children, try out our Overdrive eReading Room for Kids!
Frequently Asked Questions
What if my items are due?
The due dates for all checked-out circulating materials have been extended through at least April 17. If we are unable to open at that time they will be extended further. We encourage patrons not to return their items until the library has reopened.
What if some of my holds are ready for pick up?
Holds that are listed as ready for pick-up will be held until we reopen. Please disregard the pick-up by date listed in your account.
Why can’t I place new holds through the catalog?
Staff are unable to process holds on items while we are closed, so to avoid a backlog, we are temporarily disabling holds on physical items. However, you can still access and place holds on eBooks and eAudiobooks.
Can I apply for a library card?
During our period of closure, Iowa state residents are welcome to apply for a library card on our website here — and gain access to an array of digital resources, including eBooks, eAudiobooks, databases, and more. When we reopen, new applicants should visit the library to obtain and validate their physical library card.
My library card is about to expire. How can I renew?
All accounts nearing their expiration dates in March have been renewed until June of this year.
We hope that these measures help keep our community safe and well during this time. We are dedicated to providing our community with safe access to our resources and will immediately let you know as soon as we reopen our doors. Thank you for your patience.