With Madison Public Library’s services often changing based on the current public health orders, here is a breakdown of what’s available as of early December.
New Service Hours
New operating hours at all locations are 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Mondays–Fridays, with Saturday hours remaining noon–5 p.m. In addition, Hawthorne, Goodman South Madison and Meadowridge libraries began offering computer use service from noon–4:30 p.m. Saturdays (computer use is also available at Central Library on Saturdays).
Phone service was extended to cover the change; centralized phone line hours are 10 a.m.–7 p.m. weekdays and noon–5 p.m. Saturdays. “Based on our call and visit data, we know that many customers would like to use the library earlier than 11 a.m.,” said Library Director Greg Mickells. “This hours change will allow for more morning library service appointments, and reduce the number of hours we need to provide curbside pickup service in the dark as we move into winter.”
Libraries remain closed to walk-in service with the exception of computer use by appointment or on a walk-up basis. Library hours will shift again in January when the 2021 Operating Budget goes into effect. Note that the libraries will be closed December 24–27 and December 31 January 3 for the holidays.
Curbside Pickup Service
Customers can borrow library materials through the curbside pickup service. Customers can place holds online at linkcat.info or call the library at 608.315.5151 to ask staff to place holds. When customers are notified that their holds are available for pickup, they can call their pickup library to schedule an appointment or schedule online. For all details, visit madpl.org/curbside
Customers can call 608.315.3151 to schedule an appointment to use computers at one of eight libraries (no computer service at Monroe Street Library). Walk-up appointments are also available on a first-come, first-served basis. For details: madpl.org/computers
To inquire about or connect to all other library services, call the centralized telephone line (608.315.5151, 888.266.7805 toll free) 10 a.m.–7 p.m. weekdays and noon–5 p.m. Saturdays. For more details: madpl.org/ask