La Crosse Public Library to launch reopening May 26

Access to services and buildings to be limited as plan evolves
La Crosse Public Library showing documentary ‘Imprisoning a Generation’ on Wednesday

LA CROSSE, Wis. — The La Crosse Public Library will launch the first phase of its reopening plan on Tuesday, May 26, with limited access and other restrictions for the safety of patrons and staff during the novel coronavirus pandemic.
“We are limiting the number of people in our public spaces at any one time and scheduling in-person services,” said Barry McKnight, the library’s programming and community engagement coordinator. “Our course of action is continually evolving as conditions change, in order to expand access to library services.”
Patrons should stay home if they are ill or experiencing symptoms, and those who do come to the library should wear masks.
Following are other elements of the reopening:

Building access

  • The Main Library will be open to the public for appointment-only access to computer and printing services from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday. Patrons can make appointments starting at 10 a.m. by calling (608) 789-7122 or emailing
  • Access to the library collection will be by staff only, with curbside services continuing.
  • Staffers working with the public or materials will wear personal protective equipment.

Curbside services
Scheduled curbside pickup, returns and phone service hours at Main are will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 1-5 p.m. weekends.

  • Scheduled curbside pickups and returns at the North Community Library will be 10 a.m.-noon Mondays and 1-3 p.m. Thursdays.
  • Scheduled curbside pickups and returns at the South Community Library will be 1-3 p.m. Mondays and 10 a.m.-noon Thursdays.

Virtual services

Wi-Fi at all three locations still will be available from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. There is no password, just accept terms and conditions.

  • Patrons with reference questions can call (608) 789-7122 or email from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday or 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
  • The Archives Department will answer inquiries via email at
  • Youth Services will answer questions via email at
  • Online programs for children and adults can be found on Facebook and on the event calendar on the website