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New Browsing Hours

During the COVID-19 crisis, The Red Wing Public Library has been working closely with the City of Red Wing to make sure our patrons and staff remain safe. The main focus has been on COVID-19 cases in Goodhue County and the spread in our area. Pursuant to the Governor’s order, a decrease in the test positivity rate in Goodhue County, and the return to in person instruction in Red Wing schools, the library is able to welcome people back into the library for browsing appointments.

As of Thursday January 14th, we will be reopening browsing appointments three days a week: Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.

To allow for social distancing, only five people will be allowed in for browsing at a time. You can sign-up for a browsing appointment by clicking on the blue button on the right side of our Home Page or by calling us at 651-385-3673.

We will be continuing with Curbside Pickup everyday during our open hours. When we have notified you that your items are ready for pick up, simply come to one of our entrances and call the Curbside Number, 651-359-3660.

Browsing Appointments, Curbside Pickup, Computer Appointments and Printing/Copying Now Available

We are happy to say we’ve taken another step toward reopening, and are now able to offer the following services:

Browsing appointments

  • 25 minute appointments available as follows:
    • Monday and Wednesday 10am-noon and 1:30-5pm
    • Friday between 10am-noon and 1:30-3
    • Saturday between 10am-noon and 1-3pm (library closed from 12-1)
  • You can make appointments by phone (385-3645) or online.
  • Please note that out of concern for the health and safety of our patrons, we have removed the newspapers and magazines from the reading room. Magazines can still be checked out
  • Wear your face mask inside the library (we’ll have extras on hand while supplies last)
  • Keep a 6-foot distance between you and others

Curbside pickup

  • Place holds by phone, email or using the catalog
  • We will call you when the items are ready to be picked up
  • Appointments are available Monday 7-8:30am, Tuesday & Thursday 9am-6pm and Friday 3-5pm
  • For complete details see our FAQs

Computer/copier appointments

  • 55 minute appointments available as follows:
    • Monday and Wednesday 10:30, 1:30 and 3:30
    • Friday 10:30 and 1:30
    • Saturday 10:30 and 1:30 (library closed from 12-1)
  • You can make appointments by phone (385-3645) or online
  • Wear your face mask inside the library (we’ll have extras on hand while supplies last)
  • Keep a 6-foot distance between you and others

Note on returning items

Things are a bit confusing in the SELCO region as some libraries are closed and some are starting to open. Here’s what you need to know about due dates and returning items

  • SELCO has turned due dates back on and you may start seeing notices about items being due or overdue.
  • Until we formally and fully re-open anything you checked out from us and that you physically return to our library will be checked in as if you returned it on the day we closed – March 27 (that’s why we are saying no overdue fees will accrue while we are closed)
  • Our book drop is open 24/7 but we are not currently accepting returns at the curbside pickup table. Please note that items you return in the bookdrop will be placed in quarantine for a minimum of several days after you place them in the bookdrop. Thus items you have returned may still show as checked out to you. This will NOT result in any late fees – we will make sure to backdate quarantined items when they are checked in.

Please note these processes are subject to change.

Update on March Events at the Library

As you are likely aware, Minnesota has a number of diagnosed cases of the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, which is a respiratory illness currently being spread from person to person in many countries, including the United States.

Current guidance from public health officials stresses the importance of “flattening the curve,” i.e., slowing the rate of transmission of the disease to avoid overloading the health care system, as has happened in Italy. Important to flattening the curve is “social distancing,” measures that are taken to increase the physical space between people to slow the spread of the virus, such as working from home or canceling gatherings.

In the interest of protecting our staff and patrons – in particular the high-risk populations we serve and the high-risk populations who work and volunteer for us – the library is canceling all programs and events during the month of March. At this time, the library will continue to operate with standard hours.

Our interest is to continue serving your library needs while maintaining the safety and health of our staff and public.

We also continue to follow best hygiene practices for workplaces – including regularly cleaning and disinfecting surfaces and equipment in our building, making hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes available to staff and patrons, and encouraging frequent hand-washing.

We have removed from the children’s area toys, puzzles and other playthings that are difficult to clean and sanitize.

As some patrons have asked, the Library does not currently disinfect borrowed materials when they are checked in or as they are browsed or used in-house. Disinfecting these types of items and materials is currently not recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

We encourage any concerned patrons, especially those in high-risk populations, to stay home if they are feeling ill or are simply concerned about potential exposure.

We will continue to communicate any further impacts to the library as a result of coronavirus. In the meantime, as a reminder, the library has many digital services available to you for free, such as eBooks and eAudiobooks; streaming video; and digital access to newspapers and magazines.

Thank you for your patience as we work through this developing situation.