Library Director

Mary Murphy, Director of the Perry Public Library


At long last, the building is open to the public again.  It’s been 11 months and one day.  We will be opening up in phases as we adjust to the ‘new normal.’  The ‘new normal’ requiring all patrons to wear face masks, frequent use of hand sanitizer, and social distancing. Currently you may come in, browse, check out materials, and use the public computers along with printing, copying, faxing, and scanning.  No seating and bathrooms are available at the moment.


If you are not ready to come into the library at this stage, the curbside delivery is still an option.  We will continue to deliver materials directly to your trunk with no contact delivery.


As we go forward and the data shows that the 14-day positivity-rate for Covid-19 cases in our zip code (50220) is consistently low, we will expand what is available in the building for patrons.  Curbside delivery will continue as a part of our services regardless whether the building is open or closed.


We have been waiting for patrons to come in and enjoy the renovated library.  The 2020 Library Building Renovation started the last week of July and was finished in late October.  The project included changing all floor covers (carpet and tile), updates for the existing bathrooms, creation of a new family bathroom, replacement of the water fountain with a water fountain with a bottle filler, a new circulation desk, and new east entrance to the library.  The project was funded by the City of Perry, grants from the Bock Family Foundation, Dallas County Community Foundation, the Roy J. Carver Charitable Foundation, the Wiese Foundation, and the Perry Public Library Foundation, along with donations to the library.


We have missed you!  Please come in and enjoy your library!




Mary K. Murphy

Perry Public Library Director

1101 Willis Avenue, Perry, IA 50220

A library outranks any other one thing a community can do to benefit its people.

-Andrew Carnegie