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Mercer Library reopens to the public June 15

June 12, 2020

The Mercer Public Library will reopen to the public on Monday, June 15, after an extended closure due to Wisconsin’s “Safer at Home” orders and the coronavirus pandemic. There will be some changes to the library facility and services in order to serve the community in a safe and responsible way.

The Mercer Library will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. The library will be closed on Saturdays and Sundays. Visitors are welcome to check out books, audiobooks, puzzles, and games. Copy, fax, and notary services are also available. Public computers are available with reduced time limits.

Patrons are still welcome to request curbside delivery of library materials, and are asked to remain home or use only curbside library service if they are experiencing any COVID-19, cold, flu, or allergy symptoms or if they have been exposed to anyone who has COVID-19 or is awaiting test results. Curbside delivery is available during regular library hours by calling 715-476-2366.

Visitors to the library should enter through the accessible Reading Room door and continue returning all library materials in the book drop. Visitors should also plan to wear a mask, limit the size of their group to two people or less if possible, and use good hand hygiene when entering and leaving the library. The library will provide face masks and hand sanitizer for public use.

There are some changes to the library’s space to help maintain 6-foot social distancing between library patrons. These changes include disabling some library computers, removing some seating areas, spacing out remaining seating, and marking safe distances around our circulation desk. Visitors are asked to limit their time in the library whenever possible and remember that prolonged socializing or extended stays at the library are not permitted at this time.

The library is quarantining all materials for 72 hours before returning them to circulation, so there may be some delays in clearing items from your library card. If you are unable to return your library materials for any reason, please call the library and ask for a renewal. Remember that the Mercer Library never charges fines, so as long as you return your materials you will not be charged a fee, even if they are late.

The library’s WiFi network is accessible outside the building and is available 24/7. There are extra picnic tables outside for the public to use. The library has installed Wi-fi signal extenders to improve the service in our parking lot, thanks to a grant administrated by the Public Library Association and Microsoft.

Call the Mercer Library at 715-476-2366 or visit mercerpubliclibrary.org for the latest news on library services.

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