Library Reopening to the Public on Mon., Nov. 2

(Irvin L. Young Memorial Library news release) After several months of being closed to the public and only providing curbside pickup service, the Irvin L. Young Memorial Library will reopen to the public on Monday, November 2. During our closed time, new bi-polar ionization filters were installed in our HVAC system to improve the air quality and additional Plexiglas shields were installed. The Library will provide the following services during the hours listed.

Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

The Library is Closed to the Public – Curbside Pickup Service

Curbside pickup will be moving to the north side entryway on Center Street.

Monday-Friday from 12:30 -7:00 p.m.; Saturday from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

The Library is Open to the Public – Services Available

Individuals may:

  1. Use a computer for one hour.
  2. Use the photocopier.
  3. Pick up holds.
  4. Browse the stacks to choose materials for checkout.
  5. Make an appointment to use the Makerspace (a separate enclosed space) for no more than two hours.

Unavailable Services

Individuals may not

  1. Use the library as a gathering place or remain after their business is concluded to read or do work.
  2. Play in the children’s area.
  3. Schedule an in-person meeting or event in the Community Room.
  4. Purchase items from the Friends of the Library Book Shop.

The Family Restroom is available for use. Other public restrooms have been locked. Limited staffing means we can only regularly sanitize one public restroom.

The City of Whitewater passed an ordinance in July that requires that individuals wear masks in public spaces. (Banner note: Gov. Evers’ emergency order requiring masks has been extended to November 21. The city’s ordinance continues through December 31.) People entering the library will be required to wear a mask at all times. If you do not bring one, one will be provided for you. Staff will not provide one-on-one services to people who are not wearing a mask correctly.

If a patron is unable to wear a mask for medical reasons, they will be limited to 15 minutes for use of the photocopier, without staff assistance. Otherwise we encourage those individuals to use our curbside pickup service and digital library materials available from the convenience of home.

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