Library Closure FAQs
Why is the Winona Public Library closed?
Based on the latest information from the Minnesota Department of Health about mitigating the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) and the State of Minnesota's Stay Safe MN order, we have made the decision that closing our building is in the best interest of public safety at this time.
How long will the library be closed?
Library administration is working with City officials to reassess the situation and determine when it is best to reopen. Patrons are encouraged to check our website and social media for updates, as well as the City of Winona COVID-19 Community Response page.
When are my items due and will I be charged any late fines?
All items will not be due until after we reopen. We also will not be charging any late fines for any materials until further notice. Although overdue notices are being sent out, please rest assured we will NOT be charging late fines.
Can I return my items to the library during the closure?
We are accepting returns during scheduled times. Our bookdrop will be closed but items can be returned in the bins outside our main entrance. Please see the schedule listed above for the dates and times that you can drop off your materials. No late fines will be charged for items returned until further notice.
Please note that items returned will be quarantined for at least 72 hours before being checked in.
Can I apply for a library card?
Yes! We encourage you to fill out our online card application form. This card will allow you to request materials and download eBooks and eAudiobooks.
Can I place requests on materials in the online catalog?
Yes, but with some exceptions. Materials owned by libraries that are closed may not be requestable at this time.
Are you offering curbside pickup?
We are offering curbside pickup by appointment. You can find all the details and schedule an appointment on our curbside pickup page.
Is the library's wi-fi still available?
Yes! Coverage extends in front of the library on Johnson Street. Feel free to park outside the library to access our public wi-fi (password is winonapl).
Is the library still offering any programming?
Yes! We have switched some of our programs to a virtual setting. Our monthly book discussion and storytimes are now being offered online via our website, Facebook, or Zoom virtual meetings. To view the full list, visit our Virtual Programs page. Please note that any programs that meet via Zoom will require registration via the link on that program's page.
Where can I find updates on the current coronavirus situation and the library?
We have compiled a list of links related to the coronavirus outbreak, as well as links to other area updates on our COVID-19 Information page. We also are continually posting updates to our website and Facebook pages.