Library Director

Meet Mary Murphy, Director of the Perry Public Library

A Message to our Patrons (Thursday July 2, 2020)

In reviewing the statistics on positive corona virus cases in Dallas County, I feel that opening the library would not be in everyone's best interest for public health reasons. We will continue to reevaluate the situation with guidance from local, state, and federal health authorities.

As we have done since March 16th, we will continue with several services offered via our Curbside Service:     

Delivery of book, audiobooks, dvds, and cds to your vehicle’s trunks with no direct contact.

Copying, printing, faxing, and scanning of documents with no direct contact.

Grab ‘n Go Activity Kits

Summer Library Programs for children, teens, and adults.

Answering your questions by phone or email.

Urging you to explore the library’s online resources from Overdrive/Bridges, RBdigital, and many other resources and entertainment options. All are accessible from our library website, – scroll down on our home page.

In addition to these services, we are now taking appointments for computer use in the library building.  Please call the library to make your appointment at 515-465-3569.  We have set safety procedures in place for both your wellbeing and our staff’s wellbeing.  We strongly encourage you to wear a mask and socially distance yourself from other patrons and staff while you are in the building.  When you arrive at the library, please come to the library’s front doors on the north side of the building.  Someone will meet you and let you into the building at your appointed time.  We will encourage you to use hand sanitizer as you enter the building.  You will have 45 minutes to work on the computer.  Your computer station will have been cleaned before and after your use. If you need longer on the computer, please ask for additional time.  If time is available, we will try to accommodate you.

At this time, we do not feel safe offering bathroom facilities to our patrons nor will you be able to browse for a book or other library collection due to cross contamination considerations.

Please note: At the end of July we will be closing the Perry Public Library building for a planned renovation that has been in the works for over 18 months.  We are updating the existing bathrooms, creating a new family bathroom, updating all floor coverings, replacing the circulation desk and adding a new public east entrance.  Our offices will be temporarily moved over to the Carnegie Library Museum. 

Most importantly, we will continue with our curbside service for library materials, copying, printing, Grab ‘n Go Activity Kits, and notary service. The curbside will be moved to Second Street.  We will have signage on the east side of the Carnegie Library Museum designating the curbside parking place for library services. We also will continue with allowing the public make appointments for computer use.

We sincerely hope by the end of the renovation in October that we can open the library building more to our patrons. Thank you for your understanding. Please stay safe and we miss you!