Are masks required inside?

Yes, for anyone over age 2. Since making masks optional on Tuesday, May 18th, we've enjoyed a return to normalcy as the pandemic waned and we began to see everyone's faces again. But on Friday, August 20th, we began requiring that all library users (and staff) wear masks inside the building.

The new Delta variant is extremely contagious and in some ways represents a new pandemic or at least a new stage that has to be taken seriously. A new health model predicts 100,000 more U.S. deaths by December 1. But it's not just about death, as a recent study shows that half of participants have at least one lingering symptom a year after catching COVID. There's also been a recent wave of young patients struggling to breathe. The best thing that people can do is get vaccinated.

If you'd rather not wear a mask, but still want to get library materials, then we encourage you to use Curbside Pickup, which will be an ongoing service, no matter the state of the pandemic. It's quick and safe.

I understand that there are strong opinions about masking and about our country's response to the pandemic. I don't like wearing a mask any more than other people do and I look forward to removing the mask mandate, just as we did in May 2021.

How can you help our community & help us return to normal faster?

Get vaccinated.


Monday: 9:00 am to 7:00 pm
Tuesday - Friday: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

What can you do in the building?

  • Browse the shelves and check out materials and pick up holds.
  • Sit and read.
  • Use our computers, copier, and fax machine.
  • Use our bathrooms.
  • Our Conference Room and Program Room can be reserved.
  • Attend a summer program. We have programs scheduled in the building for our Summer Library Program.

Are Curbside Pickup services still available?

Yes. If you like curbside pickup because of its safety precautions or because of its convenience, it doesn't matter to us. We're happy to provide this service to you. It gets us up and moving.

Employee Health Measures

Public Health Madison & Dane County has two helpful documents regarding employee health. If you're looking for information or advice on how to guide your business's internal procedures, this has been helpful to us.

Employee Health Reporting Agreement

Questions and Answers About an Employee Testing Positive or Being Exposed to COVID-19

Questions or Feedback

As always, if you have any questions or feedback, we are happy to hear from you.

Main line: 608-592-4130

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