Outdoor book drops are closed at this time, but due dates are extended until we re-open. Limited services will continue, including streaming, ebooks and other digital resources. Click for more information on these and other changes at the library in response to the coronavirus outbreak.
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Up-to-Date Information on Coronavirus (Covid-19)
How the Library is Responding
(Updated March 25)
Following the guidance of public health officials, and in the interest of the health of our guests, employees, volunteers and the wider community, Mead Library is now closed to the public and will remain closed until further notice, in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
We are continuing to monitor the situation and will follow directives from public health officials in deciding when to re-open, however, we are continuing to offer an expanded lineup of digital services in the meantime.
Here's the latest on our services, due dates and more:
- Contact Us
We're still available! You can reach us by calling 920-459-3400 and leaving a message (be sure to include your contact information). We'll be returning messages from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday - Friday. You can also message us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, or use the Chat with a Librarian feature located on the bottom left of our homepage.
- Due Dates & Fines
Due dates will be extended until the library re-opens to the public and fines will not accrue during that time. There will be a five-day grace period to return items - and avoid fines - once the library re-opens. Our outdoor book returns are closed.
- Book Returns
Our outdoor book drops are closed until further notice (see above for info on due dates and fines).
- Curbside Pickup
We were working with our Board of Trustees in evaluating the possibility of implementing curbside checkout of books, movies and other materials carried at Mead. However, that plan is on hold following Gov. Tony Evers' safer-at-home order.
- Card Renewals
Library cards can be renewed over the phone by calling 920-459-3400 and leaving a message (be sure to include your contact information). We'll be returning messages from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday - Friday.
- Interlibrary Loans
Please note that requested items from other libraries are not available at this time.
- Digital Services
Cardholders can also still access digital services, including ebooks, streaming services and databases. The public can also sign up for library cards online and receive instant digital access.
- Reference Questions
References services will also continue to be offered by calling and leaving a message (be sure to include your contact information) or by using the the Chat with a Librarian feature located on the bottom left of our homepage.. We are available to promptly return messages from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday - Friday.
- Virtual Library Programs
Library staff are also offering virtual programs, such as book clubs and storytimes. Follow our website and Facebook page for updates on these and other library services.
- Event Closures
All library events and room reservations are canceled through May 24. As of now, the library closure does not affect Mead’s status as a polling location for the spring election on Tuesday, April 7.
Resources from Local, State & National Agencies
Community members have contacted our reference desk seeking answers about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus. Here is a list of websites with updated information on the virus, prevention, testing and more.
The CDC is providing information on how the agency is responding to the novel coronavirus outbreak. This includes FAQs, prevention and treatment, how testing is being conducted, updates on cases in the United States and throughout the world, and more. Additional resources from the CDC include information for specific organizations, such as schools, medical professionals, businesses and travelers.
World Health Organization (WHO)
The WHO, a United Nations agency dedicated to world public health, has published FAQs on how the virus is spread, symptoms, prevention methods, information regarding treatment, and more.
Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS)
DHS is providing updated statistics on coronavirus cases in Wisconsin.
National Library of Medicine
The National Library of Medicine is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. As the largest biomedical library in the world, the National Library of Medicine can provide access to clinical studies, public health literature, and scholarly work about the virus.