COVID-19 and the Library

October 23, 2020 Update

 

Due to the extremely high COVID activity in our county, the library remains closed for walk-ins.  Our curbside window remains open for business, and we are happy to assist you in any way we can!

Winter Hours will go into effect on November 1st.  Throughout November and December, our curbside hours will be

Monday-Friday 10 AM-5 PM

Saturday 10 AM-1 PM

No More Late Fees!  As of October 7th, we are officially a fine-free library.  What does this mean for you?  Any materials checked out from the New Glarus Public Library will no longer accrue overdue fines if they are returned late.  In the coming weeks library staff will be going through patron accounts and waiving all old overdue fines that were accrued here in New Glarus (we are unable to waive fines from other libraries).  Please note that patrons will still be responsible for any fees for lost or damaged items.  Click here for more details.

New Quarantine Procedures.  Based on the latest recommendations from Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) and Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI), we will now be quarantining library materials for a minimum of 24 hours instead of four days.  This means that returns will be checked in sooner, and holds that are in transit from other libraries will arrive more quickly. 

Why the change? We continue to follow the best available science and public health recommendations. Earlier in the pandemic, the Institute of Museum & Library Services comissioned a study (REALM) to find out how long the coronavirus lasts on various common library materials.  The study found that the virus can be detectable on surfaces for up to four days, and so Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) issued statewide guideance for libraries to quarantine materials for that amount of time.  In recent weeks, epidemiological experts from Oregon Health Authority and Wisconsin DHS have reviewed the REALM data along with the research that is now available on the risk of surface transmission. They advise that although the virus may be detectible, the risk of this type of transmission is low, and a 24-hour quarantine period is sufficient to mitigate that risk. Wisconsin DPI has updated its state standard to reflect this new guidance.

 

How Does This Curbside Thing Work?

Our pickup window is located on the 4th Avenue side of the Village Hall building.  Just look for the little yellow table on the sidewalk.  Come on up to the table, ring the bell (don't be timid, give it a good shake), and a librarian will be happy to assist you.  Please bring your library card if you wish to check out materials.

All returns should be placed in the book drop.  You'll find the book depository at the front of the building, just to the left of the Village Hall doors.  

We'd like to remind visitors that our curbside window is not a drive-thru, and we'd appreciate it if you didn't try to create one.  

 

Library Services

Faxing: We are able to fax documents free of charge.  Please bring your documents, a cover sheet (if needed), and the outgoing fax number to our curbside window during regular hours, and we'll be happy to send the fax for you.  (Note that faxing is an old technology and it takes a bit of time for the data to be transferred, so please be patient.)

Printing: Our computers are not currently available for public use, but we're happy to help you get necessary items printed.  You can either email your documents as PDF or JPEG files to staff@ngpl.org, or bring a USB flash drive to the curbside window during regular library hours.  We know that times are tough due to the pandemic, and so for now small black & white print jobs are free.  Color printing is 50 cents per page.  Please talk to a librarian to discuss costs for bulk printing jobs. (We can also photocopy documents if needed.)

Scanning: We do have a small flatbed scanner, and are happy to scan photographs or documents and send them to you via email.  Just bring your scanning job to the curbside window during regular business hours. 

Need a notary public?  Unfortunately, none of the librarians are notaries.  We recommend contacting the Bank of New Glarus at 608-527-5275.  There is usually a notary working Monday-Friday, and many documents can be notarized through the drive up!

 

Helpful information

Wisconsin Department of Health Services (https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/index.htm)

Green County Public Health (https://gcpublichealth.org/coronavirus/)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html)