Fiscal Year 2023

Department Overview

The Owatonna Public Library serves the citizens of Owatonna and greater Steele county by offering materials, electronic resources, programming and meeting spaces.


  • Completion of bathroom on 3rd floor
  • Awarded $37,000 from T-Mobile for the Hometown Grant for the creation of a Makerspace.
  • Began reorientation of current shelving layout.
  • Reinstituted in person programming including story times, author visits and summer reading program.
  • Increased participation in community wide events including Downtown Thursdays and the Lighted Parade.
  • Held staff training day
  • With SELCO, competed patron library use survey.
  • Continued conversion of 2nd floor office space into a meeting room


  • Install new circulation desk and new shelving
  • Complete construction of small meeting spaces
  • Expand programming to locations outside the library (local businesses, Parks and Recreation)
  • Increase YoungAdult/Teen programming and materials collection
  • Painting of 2nd Floor
  • Continue utilizing different media to promote library (PEG channel, Facebook, Tik Tok)

Financial Information



Staffing Analysis