WPL is Fine-Free!

Winona Public Library is proud to announce that ALL materials in our collection, Youth and Adult, are now fine-free...for good!

We are thrilled to offer this positive change to services at our library, but please note that the policy does not extend to fines and fees on materials borrowed through the SELCO system. In addition, patrons of all ages will still be responsible for returning library materials within 30 days of the due date or a replacement fee for that item will be charged.

20-Minute Express Browsing Appointments

 

Winona Public Library moves to the next phase of our re-opening plan with 20-minute in-house, "grab & go" browsing appointments. Curbside pickup and computer appointments will continue unchanged.

Schedule a Browsing Appointment

Due to construction in the Children's Department, all browsing appointments will enter through the library's 5th Street entrance. The Youth materials have been temporarily relocated upstairs. The elevator will remain available for those with mobility needs.

Schedule a 20-minute browsing appointment online at https://www.picktime.com/WPLbrowsing  or call 507-452-4582. Walk-ins welcome as capacity limits allow.

Hours:
M-W-F  2 pm - 5 pm
T-Th  9 am - 12 pm
Sat.  9 am - 12 pm

Masks are required for visitors and staff. We ask that you use the hand sanitizer upon entering the building. High-touch surfaces will be sanitized frequently.

Winona County Business Relief Grant Opportunity

Funds are Limited, Apply Soon

One-time grants of up to $10,000 are available to help offset the significant, temporary loss of revenue to qualified organizations in Winona County due to the latest COVID-related Executive Order in November. The Winona Chamber of Commerce will be facilitating applications and distributing funds to applicant businesses on a first-come basis. Funds are limited.

You can apply for a grant through the Winona Chamber of Commerce's website.

Hotspots Available for Checkout

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We are pleased to announce that we now have 21 hotspots available to checkout. The hotspots will allow you to access the internet through your personal device (laptop, tablet, smartphone, etc.). Here are the details:

  • 28-day loan period.
  • Maximum of two renewals (renewals are allowed only if there are no other requests).
  • Must be 16 or older.
  • Limit of one per card.
  • No data limit (though it is likely the service will be throttled down by the provider after certain data thresholds are met).
  • 20 devices are on the Sprint network (to view coverage area, go to coverage.sprint.com) and one is on the Verizon network (provided to us by  SELCO; to view the coverage area, go to Verizon.com).
  • By checking out the device, you automatically agree to our Wireless Internet Policy.
  • Hotspots that are not returned when they are due will be disabled remotely.
  • To place a request, go to our online catalog and search for: hotspot.

If our hotspots are all checked out, please place a request through our online catalog: hotspot. While you're waiting, here are some other City of Winona Hot Spot Locations.

Book Club in a Bag Kits

Did you know you can request a Book Club in a Bag in our online catalog? SELCO has a large collection of kits that contain 10 copies of a book, along with reader guides in a canvas bag.  These kits feature Minnesota Book Award-winning adult and youth titles in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, as well as books that discuss gender equality and racism among other topics.

Free COVID-19 Saliva Testing in Winona

Winona Mall - Opening October 14th

The State of Minnesota's second COVID-19 saliva testing site is set to open Wednesday, Oct. 14th in Winona. The site will offer free saliva testing to anyone who needs it.

The Winona Mall site will be open five days a week. Wednesday through Friday, noon to 6 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The testing is in the back of the Winona Mall, 1213 Gilmore Avenue, near the Department of Motor Vehicles (southwest corner), facing Highway 61. The entrance is on the outside of the mall. While it is open to walk-ins, people are encouraged to make an appointment if they are able, to prevent crowding and long lines. Appointments can be made through the COVID-19 Community Saliva Testing webpage.

Testing is free to all Minnesotans who believe they need a COVID-19 test, including those who do not have symptoms. While they will be asked about their insurance, this is so the state can bill the insurance company. If a person is uninsured or for any reason insurance does not cover some or all of the cost, the state will cover the difference, so testing remains completely free to everyone. Results are typically provided via email within 48-72 hours.

Those who come for a test should avoid eating, drinking, chewing, or smoking anything for at least 30 minutes before providing a sample. Once they arrive at the site, they will self-administer the test by spitting into a funnel attached to a small tube. Clinic staff will be available on-site to monitor the collection process and ensure there is enough saliva to be tested.

For more information about the saliva testing site in Winona, please visit COVID-19 Community Saliva Testing.