Coronavirus Updates

Proclamation from the Mayor - Update 3/31/2020

In an effort to implement social distancing practices recommended to slow the spread of COVID-19, Mayor Michael L. Hansen has amended his emergency proclamation from Tuesday, March 17 and Wednesday, March 18 to include closing all city buildings from public access through April 30, 2020.  View the amended proclamation here

Due dates on borrowed materials will be automatically extended to May 1, 2020.

While the library building is closed to the public, library staff will continue to work inside the building and are available to assist the public by phone and email.

Letter from the Director - Update 3/16/2020

Dear Newton Public Library Patrons and Newton Community,

The Newton Public Library Board is monitoring the news about the coronavirus (COVID-19) in order to make the best decisions possible to keep the library’s staff, patrons, and communities healthy and safe.

As a result, the Library will be closing as of 8pm tonight (Monday, March 16th) and will remain closed through Sunday, March 29th, 2020.  The Library Board and administration will keep an eye on updates concerning COVID-19 and make a decision by Friday, March 27th on whether the Library will open on Monday, March 30th. This is a fluid, unprecedented situation for the Library and the health and safety of our community and staff is of utmost importance.

While the Library is closed, the building will continue to be cleaned by our professional janitorial staff. Going forward, all items being returned to the Library will be wiped down with antibacterial cleaning solutions before returning to library shelves to limit the possible spread of COVID-19. 

All library items that are currently checked out will now have a due date of April 1st, 2020. Any Newton Public Library card that is due to be updated between January 1st, 2020 to April 1st, 2020, will be automatically updated through April 15th to allow patrons access to our online materials, databases, and other online services.

The Library offers a large collection of digital materials, including eBooks, eMagazines, and eAudiobooks from Libby and Overdrive. These digital materials are free to Newton Public Library card holders and can be accessed from home by downloading the free Libby app from their app store. Please call the Library Information Desk at 641.792.4108 if you have questions about this service.

If anything changes in the future regarding Library hours and services we provide, we will communicate those changes to our patrons and community immediately.

Please check our Facebook and website for continuing information on the Library and helpful links to accurate information on COVID-19. Library website:


Nicole Lindstrom, Newton Public Library Director.