Virtual Library Comic Convention

During the COVID-19 social distancing period, leading comic, graphic novel, and children’s book publishing partners are pitching in to help libraries excel at delivering remote services through the Virtual Library Comic Convention (VLCC) project.

Now through August 31, 2020 state libraries across the country will host a geolocated simultaneous use instance of thousands of high-quality graphic novels, comics, and visual YA and children's content with FREE unlimited access to everyone in the state!

Access Minnesota's VLCC here (link)

On July 30th, there will be online sessions with illustrators, characters, and industry professionals covering a wide variety of topics including comic book art 101. It will be a fun-filled day with each session offering something unique that everyone can participate in. To register, go to

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

A Special Announcement from the Friends of the Winona Public Library

We are excited to announce that Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is now available in Winona County!

If you have a child, age 0 to 5, click the link below to register them to receive a hand-selected, age-appropriate, high-quality book each month, free of cost!

A special thank you to the Winona Community Foundation and the Donna Helble Fund for partnering with us!

Books to Lead the Conversation About Racism

Winona Public Library staff recognizes that we as white individuals do not have the lived experience to fully understand the racism and prejudice that people of color endure every day. As information professionals, we are always looking for resources that will help us learn and be better. We've compiled a short list of books in our collection for children and teens that can help start a conversation around racism. This list is not comprehensive. If you'd like more title suggestions, please reach out at, and one of our librarians will be happy to assist.

Curbside Pickup

We are currently offering curbside pickup for item requests! How does it work?

  • Place your request(s) on items in our online catalog.
  • Please note that we are only able to allow 10 item requests per card at this time and that library staff are unable to come to the door to field questions.
  • When the item(s) are ready, you will receive a notification via your chosen form of communication (text/email).
  • You will then need to schedule a pickup time using this online form or by calling the library at 507-452-4582 during our scheduled pickup hours (see below).
  • If you receive notice that you have other items on hold after you schedule your pickup, we will include those in your bag,  You do not need to schedule separate pickups, as long as you had received notice prior to the pickup date and time.
  • Come to the library at your scheduled pickup time.
  • A cart will be outside the main entrance doors of the library (Johnson St.). Take your bag of items.  It will be labeled with your last name and last 4-digits of your library card number. All of your items will be inside, along with a copy of your due date slip. Please note that although your appointment time is specific, we do leave your bag out at least 30 minutes to allow you some flexibility in arrival time.


Curbside Pickup and Book Drop-Off Hours:

Monday-Wednesday-Friday 9 AM - 2 PM
Tuesday-Thursday 12 - 6 PM
Saturday 9 AM - Noon

Winona Health Offers COVID-19 Testing

Winona Health

On May 1st, The Medical Task Force at Winona Health agreed that any person in the Winona community asking for a COVID-19 Antibody ( IgG) test can be tested.  If you are in the community you can come to the Urgent Care entrance at  Winona Health to register and then you will be asked to go to the lab for a blood test.  Your results will be reported to you by your primary care provider here at Winona Health.

This may also be a time you will want to sign up for the patient portal so that you can as well access these results when they become available.  To do this, go to and click on the My Winona Health tab on the upper right side of the screen. It will walk you through setting up an account with password and security questions.

COVID-19 Test Results and Meanings (PCR vs. Serology Tests) (PDF)

Online Fax Service

Fax Scan 24

FaxScan 24

The library's fax service, FaxScan24, offers online faxing through their website.

The cost is 99 cents for the 1st page and 49 cents for each additional page. For an additional 49 cents, you may choose to get a text confirmation regarding the status of your fax. If you choose to not get the text confirmation, you can always call them direct at 1-800-468-2748 for verbal confirmation or check their website to view the status there.

Send a Fax Online (FaxScan24 link)

Internet Archive: National Emergency Library

National Emergency Library

The Internet Archive has suspended waitlists and created the National Emergency Library to serve the nation’s displaced learners. This will run through June 30, 2020, or the end of the US national emergency, whichever is later.

During the waitlist suspension, users will be able to borrow books from the National Emergency Library without joining a waitlist, ensuring that students will have access to assigned readings and library materials that the Internet Archive has digitized for the remainder of the US academic calendar, and that people who cannot physically access their local libraries because of closure or self-quarantine can continue to read and thrive during this time of crisis, keeping themselves and others safe.