Oshkosh Public Library reopens for browsing

Welcome back to the library!

Masks that cover both the nose and mouth are required for everyone ages 2 and older.
(Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)


We ask for your patience while everyone adjusts to a new situation. Your cooperation with our mandatory safety policies helps ensure the library can continue to expand services.
Oshkosh Public Library’s hours are Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m; Friday, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday, 1 - 5 p.m.

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What you need to know before your visit

Current onsite services

Safety measures

  • Plexiglass has been installed at all service desks.
  • Hand sanitizer is available throughout the building.
  • CDC-advised cleaning protocols are in place.
  • Returned materials are quarantined.
  • Air flow has been increased through the building’s ventilation system.

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I have a medical condition and can’t wear a face mask? Curbside pickup of library materials will continue to be available by appointment. Call 236-5203 or schedule online. If you have other service needs but cannot safely be in the building, library staff will work with you to help. Please call 236-5203 or 236-5205 for assistance.

Do I need an appointment to use a computer? No. Internet computers are available on a first come, first served basis. Patrons may also make photocopies, send faxes or charge devices without an appointment. 

Where can I return library materials? Books can be returned inside the library and to the book drops on Mount Vernon Street and at Evergreen. At this time, library materials will continue to be quarantined for a minimum of 24 hours. 

Can I pick up my holds at Evergreen? No. We will continue to work with Evergreen to determine when it is safe to allow this service to resume. 

Can I get something notarized? Yes. Notary service is available by appointment. Call 236-5205 or schedule online

Can I bring my family into the library? Yes. Members of the same household may be in the library together. Please stay at least 6 feet away from other individuals or household groups while in the building.

Will my children be able to use the play areas and do activities while at the library? No. Play areas are blocked off and toys, games and other activities are not available in the Children’s Department at this time. Ask about take-home activity kits for children and families. 

Are you offering Home Delivery service? Yes. Home Delivery services are available for those who cannot physically come to the library. Find out more here

Will I be able to use a study room? Yes. Three study rooms on the 2nd floor are available on a first come, first served basis. Study rooms accommodate one patron. 

Will I be charged for faxes and photocopies? Yes. Current prices are here.

 Will the number of people allowed in the building be limited? Staff monitor building occupancy on an hourly basis to maintain safety. The focus is on patrons maintaining a safe physical distance in all areas of the building. 

News Release distributed on Feb. 8, 2021