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Libraries Bounce Back

Libraries Bounce Back graphicSince April 24 public libraries have been allowed to provide curbside pick-up of books and other library materials. In the past week, libraries across Wisconsin have started to plan for re-opening, and we have begun providing information below about dates for each library within the South Central Library System. For specific information about the services available at each library and their procedures for visiting, please click the library name to access the library web site. Some library re-opening plans are also available.

The following conditions still apply to curbside pick-up:

  • Materials available via curbside pickup will be local library materials only.
  • Some libraries, but not all, are accepting returns; check with your library.
  • Procedures for libraries offering curbside pickup vary; check with your library.

The https://help.linkcat.info/ provides tips on finding available materials at a specific library.

The latest version of reopening guidelines for public libraries has been released. The Wisconsin Public Libraries Reopening Guide, a collaborative effort between the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) and the Wisconsin public library community, provides a process to help libraries develop their own reopening plans. This reopening guide focuses on the safety of staff and the community and is specific to the needs of libraries and library services during this COVID-19 public health event. The decision about how and when to reopen a library remains a local decision.

The overview document offers an “At-A-Glance” view of the process, presented as steps in decision-making at the local level, while the full Reopening Guide provides a “deep dive” into different aspects of reopening, including an occupancy calculator, which can help a library determine how many people it will allow in the library or a specific space.

Please NOTE these documents replace the previous reopening guidelines due to the cancellation of the DHS Safer at Home orders and the Badger Bounce Back Plan, this guide is no longer aligned with such orders. Further, while the Reopening Guide will evolve as additional information becomes available, scaled service levels no longer exist.

A walkthrough webinar has was held June 4 and a recording is available. In-depth webinars will follow as needed. 

* -- Indicates a LINKcat Library

  Library Offering curbside pickup

Planned re-opening date

* Adams County Library (ACL) Yes May 26
  Albany - Albertson Memorial Library (ALB) Yes  
  Amherst - Lettie W. Jensen Library (AMH) Yes June 1 -- plan & notice
* Lester Public Library of Arpin (ARP) Yes  
* Baraboo Public Library (BAR) Yes May 26 -- plan
* Belleville Public Library (BLV) Yes  
* Black Earth Public Library (BER) Yes June 22
* Brodhead Memorial Public Library (BRD) Yes July 1
* Cambria - Jane Morgan Memorial Library (CIA) Yes  
* Cambridge Community Library (CBR) Yes June 15 (express service)
* Columbus Public Library (COL) Yes May 26 -- plan
* Cross Plains - Rosemary Garfoot Public Library (CSP) Yes June 15
* Dane County Library Service (DCL) Yes  
* Deerfield Public Library (DEE) Yes  
* DeForest Area Public Library (DFT) Yes  
* Fitchburg Public Library (FCH) Yes  
* LaValle Public Library (LAV) Yes June 22
* Lodi Woman's Club Public Library (LDI) Yes June 1
* Madison Public Library - Central (MAD) Yes June 22 -- limited computing only
* Madison PL -- Alicia Ashman Library (HPB) Yes June 22 -- limited computing only
* Madison PL -- Goodman South Madison Library (SMB) Yes June 22 -- limited computing only
* Madison PL -- Hawthorne Library (HAW) Yes June 22 -- limited computing only
* Madison PL -- Lakeview Library (LAK) Yes June 22 -- limited computing only
* Madison PL -- Meadowridge Library (MEA) Yes June 22 -- limited computing only
* Madison PL -- Monroe Street Library (MSB) Yes  
* Madison PL -- Pinney Library (PIN) Yes June 22 -- limited computing only
* Madison PL -- Sequoya Library (SEQ) Yes June 22 -- limited computing only
* Marshall Community Library (MAR) Yes June 1 -- plan
  Everett Roehl Marshfield Public Library (MFD) Yes May 29
* Mazomanie Free Library (MAZ) Yes  
* McFarland - E. D. Locke Public Library (MCF) Yes  
* Middleton Public Library (MID) Yes Update
* Monona Public Library (MOO) Yes  
* Monroe Public Library (MRO) Yes July 1 -- plan
* Monticello Public Library (MNT) Yes July 1
* Mount Horeb Public Library (MTH) Yes July 6 -- Express Library
* Nekoosa - Charles & JoAnn Lester Library (NEK) Yes May 20 -- plan
* New Glarus Public Library (NGL) Yes  
* North Freedom Public Library (NOF) Yes June 15 -- plan
* Oregon Public Library (ORE) Yes  
* Pardeeville - Angie W. Cox Public Library (PAR) Yes  
  Pittsville Community Library (PIT) Yes  
* Plain - Kraemer Library & Community Center (PLA) Yes June 1
* Portage Public Library (POR) Yes May 26
* Portage County Public Library - Stevens Point (STP) Yes June 29 -- plan
* Portage County PL -- Almond Branch Library (ALM) Yes June 30 -- plan
* Portage County PL -- Plover Branch Library (PLO) Yes June 30 -- plan
* Portage County PL -- Rosholt Branch Library (ROS) Yes Jue 29 -- plan
* Poynette Area Public Library (POY) Yes June 11
* Prairie du Sac - Ruth Culver Community Library (PDS) Yes June 8
* Randolph - Hutchinson Memorial Library (RAN) Yes June 8
* Reedsburg Public Library (REE) Yes June 1
  Rio Community Library (RIO) Yes June 15
* Rock Springs Public Library (RKS) Yes June 15
* Lester Public Library of Rome (ROM) Yes June 3
* Sauk City Public Library (SKC) Yes July 6
* Spring Green Community Library (SGR) Yes  
* Stoughton Public Library (STO) Yes  Update
* Sun Prairie Public Library (SUN) Yes June 15 (express service)
* Verona Public Library (VER) Yes June 15 (express service)
  Lester Public Library of Vesper (VES) Yes June 1
* Waunakee Public Library (WAU) Yes  
* Wisconsin Dells - Kilbourn Public Library (WID) Yes May 26
* Wisconsin Rapids - McMillan Memorial Library (MCM) Yes June 15 -- notice
* Wyocena Public Library (WYO) No June 1