Providing access to materials and resources is central to the mission of public libraries, but the risks presented by COVID-19 require libraries to reconsider how best to serve the public during this health crisis. Brillion Public Library believes is important to do our part to be proactive and promote Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines and social distancing. We believe that we can best serve the public by choosing caution and doing our part to “flatten the curve”—to slow the rate at which COVID-19 spreads so that the demand for care does not exceed the capacity of the health care system. In order to protect the health of the community and our staff, Brillion Public Library will be closed Wednesday, March 18 through Monday, April 6. Updates will be posted to the library website and Facebook page.
All materials currently checked out will be given a due date of April 15. During the time the library is closed, materials will not accrue overdue fees and no library cards will expire. We cannot prevent you from using the book drop but are asking you to please keep library materials at your home until the library reopens!
The library provides services you can access from the comfort of home. Digital resources will be available to patrons, regardless of any fines or fees on your card. The Wisconsin Digital Library, which is linked on the main page of the library website, is available 24/7 with your library card and an internet connection. You can checkout and download materials to the device of your choice with the OverDrive app (kindle users) or Libby app (all other devices). A collection of digital magazines and audiobooks is available from RB Digital. If you’re in a mood for a DIY project, check out Creativebug! These resources and others are linked on the Online Resources page of the library website.
We will continue to monitor the situation as we refer to the guidelines from the CDC, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, and the Calumet Count Health Department. MedlinePlus (www.medlineplus.gov), a resource provided by the U.S. National Library of Medicine (which is part of the National Institutes of Health), is an excellent resource for medical topics, including COVID-19. Stay informed and stay safe!