La Crosse County Libraries announce reopening plans

Lax County Library

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – The La Crosse County Library is officially opening its five locations in Campbell, Bangor, Holmen, Onalaska, and West Salem for limited services.

According to a news release, plexiglass barriers are installed and staff members will be wearing face coverings. Library officials are encouraging the public to wear face coverings and utilize hand sanitizer. For those who do not have one, face coverings will be available.

The libraries have adopted the Coulee COVID-19 Alert Compass to inform patrons of the level of services that will be provided and basic visiting rules to protect staff and visitors.

Library Rules

All library locations will continue its “Contactless” Pick-up Service for items. Outside book drops are open 24/7 for all returns.

There will be no returns inside the buildings at this time as their quarantining process will stay in place until the county is at a GREEN Low-Risk Phase.

For an online Library Catalog and for Virtual Programming 24/7 visit their website here.

The Winding Rivers Library System hold notifications are back in use on June 25th. The Patron will receive a phone or electronic notification that their hold items are available. For Holds, the Patron may come to their location during normal operating hours, ring the doorbell for entry, and Library Staff will locate and check out the items on hold. Access to materials on shelves is still limited to staff during RED Risk Phase. Patrons are asked to follow social distancing guidelines and hold their library card in front of the plexiglass panels for scanning. Computer use (including printing and faxing services) can now be scheduled, and more relaxed entry will occur as the risks are reduced. Patrons with questions, or needing to place an order or make an appointment, may email or call (608) 399-3388.