In the last few weeks, Madison Public Library Foundation staff have received a number of messages from patrons inquiring about Madison Public Library’s reopening date, so we wanted to provide an update.

The Library Board met on April 1 to consider a proposal to restore full access to the libraries. After a lengthy discussion, it voted to refer consideration of the proposal to the next board meeting, which is scheduled for Thursday, May 6. At that time, board members will review the reopening plan to ensure that concerns previously expressed by library staff and patrons have been fully addressed, said Library Board President Eve Galanter.

“With the significant increase in vaccine availability and opportunities to get the vaccine over the last month, it is my hope that everyone can move forward with the confidence that staff and patrons will be safe,” she said.

If the board adopts the reopening plan, the library’s agreement with staff requires a two-week notice of any change in schedule. If the reopening proposal is adopted on May 6, look for full access to libraries beginning the week of May 24.

We’re all looking forward to our libraries reopening their doors and being able to browse in person again!