The Perry Public Library announced that it will be closed to the public, effective immediately, as a preventative measure to stop the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus).

"As of this moment we do not know how long we are going to be closed," library director Mary Murphy posted on Facebook. "Our major concern is the health and safety of our community. Early social distancing has been found to be one of the major factors in stopping the spread of the coronavirus."

The book drops will also be closed during this time. All due dates have been extended for items that are currently checked out and no fines will occur while the library is closed.

The library also announced its new food recovery program is suspended.

The library will be offering curbside service starting March 19 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The library will resume curbside service next week on Monday through through Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please consult the homepage on the library's website to make a request for curbside service. 

Patrons are encouraged our patrons to use the library's website, www.perry.lib.ia.us , and the tools and resources available there, including eBooks and eAudiobooks, streaming video, digital learning tools and more. 

"Thank you for your patience and understanding, and please continue to be safe," Murphy said in a statement on Facebook.

For more information, or to request curbside service, call the library at 515-465-3569.