Reopening Updates/COVID-19 Info

Welcome Back. We've missed you.We are happy to announce that our building is now open! 

We appreciate your support and understanding during our closure and ask for your continued patience and flexibility as we gradually transition our services to prioritize the health of our staff and community. While we are optimistic about the current direction of the pandemic, we will continue to monitor the situation and adjust our policies as needed. Be sure to follow us on social media (links at the bottom of this page) and sign up for our e-newsletter for all the latest news and updates.


As a public entity, E.D. Locke Public Library follows all current Dane County Public Health Orders as they relate to the COVID-19 pandemic. While face masks are no longer required, the library strongly encourages individuals to use their discretion about wearing a mask and make an appropriate decision based on their individual circumstances and comfort level. Click here for CDC mask guidance.

  • Please respect other individuals' choice to wear a mask. Disposable masks will continue to be available at the main desk.
  • Library staff are encouraged to wear a mask when interacting with a member of the public.
  • The library will continue to encourage physical distancing inside our building and during any library programs. Check our current occupancy here.
  • Curbside pickup is still available by appointment. Schedule online or call 608-838-9030.
  • If you are feeling ill in any way, we ask you to show care for the community by not coming into the library or attending programs until you are feeling healthy again.
  • Library facilities and programs are open to all individuals regardless of vaccination status. We encourage everyone who is eligible to get vaccinated to help protect our community.


What to Expect:

  • Curbside pickup service is still available:
    Monday - Thursday 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    Friday - Saturday 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

  • Most events/programs will remain virtual; any in person events will be held outdoors. 

  • Hours:
    Monday - Thursday 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    Friday - Saturday 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
    Sunday 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

  • Per CDC guidelines, masks are recommended for unvaccinated people. Disposable masks are available at the main desk.
  • No food or drinks inside the library.

  • Book return now located in the lobby.

  • Additional self check stations for contactless check out.

  • A limited number of computers available to allow for social distancing. 

  • Wireless and self-pay printing available at the copier station.

  • Meeting space is not available.

  • Study rooms are available. Occupancy limited to 2 people. Can reserve for 1 hour; drop in use as availability allows. Study Room Policy (pdf)

  • Some areas may have limited occupancy due to space.

  • Most seating and children's toys/game computers have been temporarily removed.

  • Headphones/earbuds are not available, please bring your own.

  • Please maintain social distancing from fellow patrons and staff and avoid gathering with those from outside your household.


Safety Measures

The library is following public health recommendations for COVID-19 safety, including:

  • Masks and physical distancing as appropriate.

  • Providing hand sanitizing stations throughout the library. We encourage sanitizing/washing hands before and after your visit.

  • Disinfecting high contact surfaces and equipment periodically.

  • Occupancy sensors to limit capacity: Current Occupancy

  • Improved air filtration including needlepoint bipolar ionization technology.

  • Restrooms are equipped with touchless fixtures and cleaned daily.

  • Please stay home if:

    • You are currently experiencing any of the following symptoms:
      --Cough/shortness of breath
      --Fever >100 F
      --Muscle pain
      --Sore throat
      --New loss of taste or smell
      --Any other symptoms of respiratory infections not attributable to seasonal allergies
    • You have received a positive COVID-19 test result or diagnosis in the past 14 days.
    • In the past 14 days, you have been exposed to an individual who later tested positive for COVID-19.
    • You or a member of your household is currently awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test.


COVID-19 Information and Resources

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
Wisconsin Department of Health Services
Public Health Madison & Dane County
Dane County COVID-19 Vaccine Information
Village of McFarland