Covid-19 Pandemic Information

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Library is Open to the Public

We are thankful for the patience and flexibility of our staff and patrons in adjusting to safety precautions during the Covid-19 Pandemic.

Masks are Required Inside the Library

In observance of the state order mandating face covers inside buildings open to the public, please remember that all people inside the library are required to wear a mask covering their mouths and noses.

Curbside service is still available.  Please call the library at 608-356-6166 to arrange for this service.

The library will continue curbside pickup of library materials during regular business hours. Patrons may call the library at 356-6166 to request pickup of items owned by the Baraboo Public Library with “available” status, as well as items that they have been notified are waiting on the hold shelf for them.

To request Baraboo-owned materials by phone, patrons should call the library at 608-356-6166 and have their library card number ready. To request Baraboo-owned materials online, patrons should log onto LINKcat at to place holds on “available” Baraboo Library materials, using the Advanced Search function to narrow their search to items owned by Baraboo Library. Library staff will search for, retrieve, and check out requested items to the patron’s library account.

The delivery system for materials owned by other libraries is gradually resuming service, but operating at reduced capacity. Patrons should expect extended wait times for items they have on hold that belong to other libraries.

Please return library materials to the book return at the back of the building in the alley.

Return all materials to the drive up book return at the back of the building. Returned items will be kept in quarantine for several days before they will be handled and checked in. Items will be backdated when checked in to the date they were returned. Patrons should call the library (356-6166) if they need information about the due date of any library item they have checked out.

What Guides Our Operations during the Covid-19 Pandemic?

The Baraboo Public Library is observing State Emergency Orders and following Sauk County recommendations regarding our Covid-19 response. We will adjust library services and conditions as health authorities advise. The library may be closed on short notice by the Library Director if there is a resurgence of the virus in our community or if other issues related safety/health concerns arise, based on City, County, State, or Federal agency reports or recommendations.

Upgrade Temporary Library Cards

Patrons who registered online for a temporary library card for use during the library closure, should upgrade their library accounts to regular accounts. Temporary cards are set to expire 90 days after they were issued. To upgrade a temporary card, patrons should visit the library in person, bringing in a valid photo ID and proof of address (if not listed on the photo ID).

Contact Us!

We appreciate your patience during these transitional periods. Please call the library at 608-356-6166 if you have questions about library services.