Library Reopening Updates

We will be safely rolling out services in the coming weeks. First up: item return! There will be bins outside the library in which to place your items starting on May 26th. The regular bookdrop will not be used during this time. For the safety of all, please note that items will be quarantined for at least 72 hours before we will be able to check them in. No late fines will be charged.

Please note the following hours we accept returns:

Tuesday: 1 - 5 PM
Wednesday: 10 AM - 2 PM
Thursday: 1 - 5 PM
Friday: 10 AM - 2 PM
Saturday: 10 AM - 12 PM

Coming June 1: Curbside pickup! Stay tuned for more details on how that will look. As always, if you have questions feel free to message us or email

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 during this closure.

Can I return my items to the library during the closure?

We will begin accepting returns during scheduled times beginning on May 26th.  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.

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.  For those items, you may fill out our online materials request form and librarians will add you to the list.

Are you offering curbside pickup?

Beginning June 1st, we will begin to offer curbside pickup by appointment.  Stay tuned for details.

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 are in the process of switching 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.