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COVID-19 Response

The health and safety of our patrons and employees is a priority to the City of Janesville and Hedberg Public Library (HPL). We are working to stay on top of the evolving COVID-19 pandemic and will continue to follow the guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control, WI Department of Health Services, Rock County Health Department and the City of Janesville.

Our current plan is to:
1) Prioritize the safety and health of our staff and patrons.
2) Continue serving your library needs as the situation allows.
3) Plan ahead for changing circumstances.


Hours: Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Services: Browse and check out materials. Toys and interactive activities have been removed. Returns will be accepted. You may now pick up holds at this location. Please follow applicable safety guidelines below.


Hours: Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Hedberg Public Library will be operating in accordance with Rock County and City of Janesville safety guidelines.

To ensure the safety of patrons and provide a secure experience, library staff will:

  • Limit occupancy to 25% capacity. According to established guidelines based on square footage, that allows us to serve 150 patrons at any given time.
  • Increase sanitation measures. High-traffic touchpoints will be cleaned hourly. Computer keyboards and other technology will be wiped down after each use.
  • Wear a face mask. Staff will be required to wear masks while at work and in all common areas.
  • Maintain social distancing. Staff will remain 6 feet from patrons at all times. Limit staff assistance. A service desk will be available, but access to staff will be limited.
  • Provide traffic and distancing guides. Areas will be clearly marked for traffic flow and spacing.
  • Quarantine returned materials. All items returned to the library will sit for 72 hours before being placed back into circulation.
  • Remove toys and collaborative activities. Puzzles, games and other toys will be unavailable.
  • Limit seating and computers to allow for adequate spacing. Furniture and technology will be arranged to provide adequate space between seating options.

To ensure the safety of staff and those visiting the library, patrons must:

  • Wear a face mask. Effective July 8, a mask will be required upon entry and must be worn the duration of your library visit. If you need a mask, the library will provide one.
  • Wash or sanitize hands as often as possible. Hand sanitizer will be available.
  • Maintain social distancing. Keep 6 feet from you and others at all times. Furniture may not be moved.
  • Stay home if you are feeling sick. Those experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should not visit the library and should contact their healthcare provider. Patrons may be asked to leave if they are exhibiting symptoms.
  • Conduct your business quickly. Treat your visit to the library as you would a trip to the grocery store. As hard as it is, we are not encouraging collaboration, conversation or lingering in the library at this time.
  • Pay fines and fees online or at Self-Check machines.
  • Use Self-Check machines to check out materials. Staff will be available to assist if needed.
  • Return materials in the library's outdoor drop box. In order to quarantine materials, items will not be accepted through the automated return slot inside the library. Please use the drop box located on the south end of the library's covered parking lot. Note: the library's remote drop-boxes located throughout the community are still closed at this time.
The COVID-19 pandemic is an ever-evolving situation, so check back often for service updates.

Browse Materials
Patrons are welcome to browse and checkout HPL materials using the safety guidelines above. Interlibrary loans are not yet available.

Curbside Pick-Up
Patrons are welcome to continue using Curbside Pick-Up if they'd prefer.

Due Dates and Late Fees
All items checked out during our closure will be due June 9, with the exception of some recent Curbside Pick-Up items. Once we reopen, regular loan periods and fine schedules apply. Please watch your receipts or check your account for due dates.

Computer Use
Computer time will be limited to one (1) hour. Limited staff assistance will be available following safety guidelines above. Computers in the Children's Room will be unavailable at this time.

Librarian Assistance
Librarians will continue to answer calls from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Patrons may call 608-758-6600 to leave a message for a librarian or email them at questions@hedbergpubliclibrary.org.Limited one-on-one assistance will be available following safety guidelines above.

Digital Branch
There are many resources available 24/7 via our Digital Branch. Patrons can use their library card to download and stream materials, sign up for free online classes, access subscription databases and more.

Study and Meeting Rooms
No study or meeting rooms will be available to the public at this time.

Bookmobile and Outreach
There will be no Hedberg @ Home deliveries or library outreach at this time. Watch our website for updates on if/when our Bookmobile will be available.

Programs and Events
Virtual programs will continue on our social media platforms. No in-person programming is planned at this time.
HPL Facebook
Children's Facebook

Summer Library Challenge
The 2020 Summer Library Challenge, Imagine Your Story, will be done virtually. No in-person check-ins or programs are planned at this time.

The Ground Floor Coffee and Gift Shop
The Ground Floor will reopen with limited seating and safety guidelines in place. Date is yet to be determined. Follow our website or social media for updates.

Extended WiFi
Our WiFi will now be available 24/7. Patrons will have the strongest connection in our covered parking lot. Password: community

We will continue to communicate any further impacts to HPL on this page and the library's Facebook page.


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