Waseca-Le Sueur Regional Library System libraries will continue to be closed indefinitely in an abundance of caution for our communities and staff due to the public health situation linked to Covid-19. This includes Elysian Area Library, Janesville Public Library, Le Center Public Library, Le Sueur Public Library, Montgomery Public Library, New Richland Public Library, Waldorf Public Library, Waseca Public Library, and Waterville Public Library. The libraries will be resuming curbside and home delivery starting May 4th.
To continue to serve patrons during this time, the library system added a significant amount of new school-age content to the online collection of e-books and e-audiobooks available at OverDrive and Libby (the mobile app). Library patrons can also use their library cards to access Creativebug craft and art classes.
Wifi is available from library parking lots. Staff will continue to provide reference services (through phone, email, website, and Facebook) and reader’s advisory as much as they are able. Please see the library system’s website and each library’s social media to find out more about these services.
Blocked cards are temporarily unblocked since the library system is not currently accepting money. This measure was taken to ensure that library patrons, especially the kids who have switched to distance learning, are able to access library materials while social distancing. For those without library cards, staff are registering community members via phone and email.
The library system is holding online events. Registration is required for these events through the library system’s website.
Our libraries are accepting returns via the book drop again. All fines will be forgiven through June 4th.
In the meantime, staff have created a list of Activities and Tips for Social Distancing which will continue to be updated while libraries are closed.