Library updates: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

UPDATE: Posted 3.24.20
Library closure extended
Per the State of Wisconsin's Emergency Safer at Home Order, the library will remain closed until at least Fri., April 24. This date is subject to change.

The health and safety of patrons and staff are our number one priority at Oshkosh Public Library. Here is what you need to know about library service at this time:

  • Staff is available to take your questions and provide information via phone and email.
  • Library materials will not be available to check out.
  • You can apply for a library card online to access our digital resources.
  • Fines will not be assessed to any materials currently checked out, through at least Friday, April 24.
  • Materials may be returned to the drop boxes outside the library, on Mount Vernon Street.
  • Items should not be returned to the drop box at Evergreen.
  • Holds on items have been suspended; they will not be filled until the library reopens.
  • Items placed on hold for pickup at Evergreen will not be available during the closure.
  • Home Delivery service is discontinued until further notice.
  • Roving Reader visits to childcare providers are cancelled.
  • Volunteers should not report to the library for previously scheduled activities.

As the situation evolves, we will update you on our website and via email. Streaming services and digital resources will continue to be available on our website.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we face this challenging time together.

UPDATE: Posted 3.20.20
Even though we're closed, you can still get a library card.
Apply for a library card and get answers to frequently asked questions about materials, your account and more here.

UPDATE: Posted 3.15.20
Oshkosh Public Library closed effective March 16

To help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our community, the library is closed to the public, effective Monday, March 16. The library plans to reopen on Monday, April 6, but this is subject to change based on the rapidly evolving situation.

The health and safety of patrons and staff are our number one priority at Oshkosh Public Library. Here is what you need to know about library service at this time:

  • Staff will continue to provide information services via phone and email.
  • Library materials will not be available to check out.
  • Fines will not be assessed to any materials currently checked out, through at least Monday, April 6.
  • Materials may be returned to the drop boxes outside the library, on Mount Vernon Street.
  • Items should not be returned to the drop box at Evergreen.
  • Holds on items have been suspended; they will not be filled until the library reopens.
  • Items placed on hold for pickup at Evergreen will not be available during the closure.
  • Home Delivery service is discontinued until further notice.
  • Roving Reader visits to childcare providers are cancelled.
  • Volunteers should not report to the library for previously scheduled activities.

As the situation evolves, we will update you on our website and via email. Streaming services and digital resources will continue to be available on our website.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we face this challenging time together.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019) Posted 3.13.2020

The City of Oshkosh has declared a State of Emergency and as a result the library is cancelling all public programs, events and public meetings for 30 days, from March 13 through April 11.

At this time, the library will remain open with regular hours.

The health and safety of patrons and staff is our number one priority at Oshkosh Public Library. As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to develop, the library will continue to be a source of accurate and reliable information. We will provide updates here, on our Facebook page and via email. If you would like to receive updates via email, sign up for our eNewsletter. Information related to the State of Emergency and other city operations is available on the city’s website.

As you are aware, COVID-19 is a new form of coronavirus that causes a respiratory illness and can spread from person to person. Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath.

What you need to know:

  • The library continues to provide a clean and safe environment for both our patrons and employees. We have implemented a more stringent schedule for cleaning surfaces and equipment and continue to encourage thorough hand washing.
  • The library will provide hand sanitizer at various service points in the building, based on availability.
  • Toys, puzzles and other high-touch items in the Children’s Department have been removed for thorough cleaning.
  • If you are feeling sick or are concerned you may have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus, stay home to prevent others from becoming infected. 

Here are some recommendations from the CDC:

  • If you are sick, stay home.
  • Wash hands often and thoroughly – for at least 20 seconds with soap and water. Or use hand sanitizer that is 60 to 90 percent alcohol based.
  • Do not shake hands; use other noncontact methods of greeting.
  • Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your mouth with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
  • Follow social distancing practices; keep a distance of six feet between you and other people.

Accurate Sources of Information

Winnebago County Health Department
Wisconsin Department of Health Services
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
What you need to know about handwashing (two-minute video)

If you would prefer not to visit the library at this time, a wide range of digital services are always available to card holders, 24/7, at no charge. Stream books and entertainment with Hoopla and Libby/Overdrive. In addition, Gale Courses offer more than 300 online classes for personal and professional development.

For your convenience, search for materials, renew items, place holds and manage your account online.