COVID-19 and the Library

Updated July 6th

Our curbside window remains open for walk-up service, no appointment needed.  Our hours are Monday-Thursday 10 AM-5 PM and Fridays 10 AM-7 PM.  (We are closed on Saturdays & Sundays.)  Library staff may ask to see (not touch) your library card or driver's license, just to verify ID.

Normal circulation procedures have resumed.  What does that mean for you?

  • We are back to regular checkout periods.  Typically that means 1 week for DVDs, 2 weeks for music, magazines, and new fiction, and 4 weeks for most other items.  Be sure to check your receipt or your LINKcat account so that you know when items are due, and you can renew as needed.
  • Holds must be picked up within one week, or they will be sent on to the next person on the list.
  • Fines will accrue on overdue items.  Our book drop is open for returns, day or night.  Please note that we do quarantine all returns for a minimum of 72 hours before checkin, but rest assured that we do backdate items as we check them in.  So if your item is due July 10th, and you return it July 10th, it won't get checked in until the 13th, but you'll receive credit for returning it on time.

You may be wondering what is going on with holds these days.  We are getting deliveries of holds from other libraries twice a week (Mondays and Fridays), but not every library is able to pull holds just now.  What does that mean exactly?  You may place a hold on an item that says "available" in LINKcat, but that's no guarantee that the item will be sent to you right away.  We're all still trying to catch up after being closed for so long, and many of the larger libraries, such as Madison, are only able to pull holds for pickup at their respective libraries.  We appreciate everyone's patience as we all learn how to navigate business in the time of COVID.

We do have a limited number of appointment-only computer slots available.  If you need to spend some time on a library computer, please call 527-2003 to see what appointment times are available this week.  Just need to print?  We can help with that.  Email attachments to and let us know how many copies you need and any other special instructions.  We'll email you back when your print job is ready, and you can pick it up at our curbside window.  (Please note that all of our computers are PCs.  If you need to print a document that you created on an Apple computer, please save it as a PDF before sending.)

Our summer reading program continues through July 24th!  We have weekly grab & go craft bags, virtual storytimes and STEM projects on Facebook, and a super-cool story walk up in Village Park.  Be sure to mark your calendars for Wednesday, July 15th!  That's the date of our next book giveaway event.  Stop by the community room between 10 AM and 5 PM, and each of your kids can choose a book to keep!  All ages are welcome.  No appointment or registration required.  


Updated 6/17/20

This week we're happy to announce that we are transitioning to walk-up window service - no appointment necessary!  Our hours are Monday-Wednesday 10 AM-5 PM and Thursday-Friday 10 AM-7 PM.  If you prefer the convenience of grab & go service, just let us know when to expect you, and we can have your holds checked out and waiting.

We are also offering computers by appointment. One adult (18 years or older) may call to reserve computer time. We currently have a single computer available for limited hours just inside the library doors. We hope to expand the options in the future. Please note that staff are following CDC recommendations on wearing masks, and we ask that you also wear one if you are able. The equipment will be wiped down after each appointment, but it is still considered use-at-your-own-risk.

Our book drop remains open for returns.  CDs, DVDs, and audiobooks can be returned in the book drop - please check to make sure all discs are present and correct, and that the cases are securely fastened.  (Please do not return items inside plastic bags.)  All returns will be quarantined for a mininum of 72 hours before checkin.

Please note that we'll be transitioning to regular circulation procedures on July 1st.  What does that mean for you?

  • The fine-free grace period will be ending, so don't forget to return your library items!  All items checked out prior to library shutdowns are due on July 1st.
  • Normal checkout periods will be resuming.  That means 1 week checkouts for DVDs, 2 week checkouts for music, magazines, and new adult fiction, and 4 week checkouts for most other items.  Keep an eye on your due dates, and remember to return or renew items as necessary.
  • Holds will begin expiring again.  Up until now, we have kept all incoming holds on the shelf, including those that arrived prior to closing, to allow patrons time to pick up those items.  Beginning July 1st, holds will begin expiring again after one week on the shelf.  

You may be wondering what's going on with holds.  SCLS has resumed delivery on a modified schedule.  For now, we're receiving bins of holds twice a week.  Holds are processed on Mondays and Fridays - please allow until noon for everything to be processed and available for pickup.  Most libraries are working to catch up on massive backlogs of hold requests, while working under more restrictive health requirements.  So the holds that you're placing on items from other libraries will take longer to arrive, but they will get here, we promise.  

At this time we are unable to request items from libraries that don't belong to LINKcat.

The summer reading program runs through July 24th.  All children, birth through teens, are invited to participate, and no registration is required.  See our youth services page for full details.

Updated 6/1/20

We are now offering curbside pickup by appointment on Tuesdays (9:30 AM-3:00 PM) and Fridays (10 AM-6:30 PM).  Please call or email for an appointment. For full details, please see Curbside Pickup Service.

The book drop is open for returns.  CDs, DVDs, and audiobooks can be returned in the book drop - please check to make sure all discs are present and correct, and that the cases are securely fastened.  (Please do not return items inside plastic bags.)  All returns will be quarantined for a mininum of 72 hours before checkin.

SCLS delivery is resuming limited routes this week.  So if you are expecting holds from other libraries, they will be coming in, just not quite as quickly as they used to.  We will be processing red bin deliveries on Mondays and Fridays.  Please allow until noon for all holds to be available for pickup.  

We have many browsing copies available on a first ask, first get basis.  Check out our "Available Now" window to see what's on the shelf.

Updated 4/26/2020

New Glarus Public Library is pleased to begin offering curbside pickup appointments on Friday May 1. The service is limited to items that are currently in our building. We cannot accept returns at this time.

You must place holds in advance and schedule an appointment to pick them up. For full details, please see Curbside Pickup Service.

We look forward to seeing you soon!


Updated 4/17/2020

Wisconsin's new Safer At Home order that was issued yesterday gives libraries some flexibility to begin offering curbside pickup of library materials, but not until April 24 or later. The previous order, which prohibits curbside service, remains in effect until 8 a.m. on April 24.

New Glarus Public Library is currently forming a plan for curbside pickup of library materials, while we await additional interpretation from the Department of Public Instruction and the State Department of Health. Our goal is to provide this service as soon after April 24 as possible. We will continue to post updates on this page, Facebook and the Post Messenger Recorder. 

Our priority is the safety of library customers and library staff, and we want to be develop this new service accordingly.

Thank you for your continued patience.


Updated 3/31/2020

Per Emergency Order #12, the "Safer at Home Order," the library will remain closed until at least Friday, April 24, 2020. We will continue to evaluate that date as further information becomes available. At this point, the State's advice is to refrain from all in-person services, including curbside delivery of materials. We are chomping at the bit to start lending physical items again, and are keeping a close eye on the research regarding the safety of shared objects so we'll be ready to start as soon as it's safe.

In the meantime, please keep watching online for programming and tips. If you know of anyone who could use help staying in touch in this new all-digital realm, check out our Tech Support by Phone service and help them get in touch with us.


Updated 3/15/2020, 5:45 pm

Considering our school district's immediate closure, the increased restrictions announced today for Dane County and how many in our community commute to Madison, we've revised our timeline. New Glarus Public Library will be closed effective immediately, through at least April 5.

We will continue to post updates on this page as well as our Facebook page.


Updated 3/14/2020, 2:00 pm
For immediate release
New Glarus Library Closure
Contact: Holly Lague, Library Director, New Glarus Public Library,, 608-527-4893

New Glarus Public Library will be closed beginning Monday March 16th at 7:00 pm through at least April 5th. We will continue to evaluate the reopening date and notify the public should these plans change.

This was a very difficult decision. Although we do not want to deprive patrons of materials and the friendly interactions that we value so highly, we feel that it is important at this time to sync our efforts with the schools and other public offices in encouraging social distancing as the COVID-19 pandemic progresses.

Overdue fines will be waived during the closure. Please do not return items during this time, as our outdoor book drop will also be closed. We will work with you to suspend or reissue any holds that expire.

We are also working on ways to continue serving the community. Tax forms will be available in the entryway as long as Village Hall remains open. Staff will continue to monitor email for questions. Wi-fi continues to be accessible from most parking spaces surrounding Village Hall. 

Free e-books and e-audiobooks are available with your library card from Overdrive/Libby. If you do not currently have a library card, staff will issue web-only cards for Overdrive and database access via email. See our website for details

We also plan to post e-storytimes and will be sharing online resource recommendations to keep kids (particularly those elementary-agers) engaged and learning. Keep an eye on our Facebook page.

We appreciate your understanding during these uncertain times. We will get through this together, even if we need to stay apart for a while.

Stay well.


Helpful information

Wisconsin Department of Health Services (

Green County Public Health (

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (