COVID-19 INFORMATION

The Sparta Free Library has implemented Library Express service.  Library Express will function as follows:

  1. No appointment needed!
  2. Short, intentional library visits (30 minutes).
  3. The front entrance remains closed. Please enter at the rear entrance (Children’s Room).
  4. Face coverings are recommended for everyone 2 years of age and older inside the library.
  5. No restroom or water fountain access.

How can I get materials from the library?

Stop by the library Mondays – Thursdays, 10:00am – 7:00pm and Fridays 10:00am – 5:00pm for a short visit.  You can browse items, pick up holds, and check out materials from all areas of the library. No appointment needed!

Can I hang out at the library?

All seating has been removed or reserved for computer use.  We ask that you keep your visit brief and intentional (maximum 30 minutes) – no meetings or gatherings.  Please maintain social distancing with other patrons and library staff while in the library.

How do I return library items?

Please continue to place ALL returns in the book drop near the rear entrance of the library.  No inside returns, please.

Can I use the computer, print, and/or scan?

Yes!  During Library Express you no longer need an appointment to use the library computers.  Computer stations are limited and will be first-come, first-served. Computer sessions will be limited to 1 hour per day.

Please note that staff will maintain social distance from patrons and there will be limited computer assistance available at this time.

Can I bring my own laptop and use the library’s Wifi?

We are able to accommodate some laptop use in the building.  However, we ask that you keep your library visit to 1 hour or less, in accordance with time limitations for users of library computers.

Is the library accepting donations?

Not at this time.

How does the library determine services during COVID-19?

The library determines when and how to expand or roll back services based on ensuring adequate staffing levels, as well as health and safety recommendations from the following sources and indicators:

  • Monroe County Health Department
  • Coulee COVID Collaboration
  • Wisconsin Department of Health Services
  • Current public service levels in municipal and/or county buildings
  • Current in-person precautions used by area school districts
  • Executive Orders from the Wisconsin Governor
  • Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
  • Centers for Disease Control

Youth Services continues to offer book bundles, regular youth reference, and readers advisory services at the Children’s Room desk or via phone or email.  Call 608-269-2010 ext. 2 or email Youth Services Coordinator Aimee Schreiber at a.schreiber@wrlsweb.org

Adult Services continues to offer regular adult reference, materials assistance, and readers advisory services at the Upper Level desk or via phone or email.  Call 608-269-2010 ext. 1 or email Adult Service Coordinator Nicole Wallace at n.wallace@wrlsweb.org.

Other questions regarding this phase of re-opening?  Please contact Library Director Michelle Tryggestad at 608-269-2010 ext. 4 or via email at m.tryggestad@wrlsweb.org.

ATTENTION:
 
On Monday, June 7, 2021 the Sparta Free Library expanded Library Express Service to Mondays – Thursdays 10:00am – 7:00pm and Fridays 10:00am – 5:00pm.
 
On Monday, May 3, 2021 the Sparta Free Library moved to Library Express Service (no appointment needed!) on Tuesdays – Thursdays 10:00am – 7:00pm and Fridays 10:00am – 5:00pm.  Curbside Service will still be available Mondays 10:00am – 7:00pm.
 
On Monday, April 5, 2021 the Sparta Free Library expanded Browsing Appointments to run Tuesdays – Thursdays 10:00am – 7:00pm and Fridays 10:00am – 5:00pm.  Curbside Service will still be available Mondays 10:00am – 7:00pm.
 
On Monday, March 1,2021 the Sparta Free Library extended Friday service hours to be 10:00am – 5:00pm.
 
On Monday, August 10, 2020 the Sparta Free Library initiated Phase Two Re-Opening allowing patrons to schedule Browsing Appointments. Patrons may request appointments by phone or email.
 
On Tuesday, June 2, 2020 the Sparta Free Library initiated Phase One Re-Opening allowing patrons to schedule computer and printing appointments. Patrons may request an appointments by phone or email.
 
On Monday, April 27, 2020 the Sparta Free Library instituted contact-less curbside pick up for items. Patrons may request items via email or phone and make an appointment for pick up.
 
On Monday, April 27, 2020 the Sparta Free Library re-opened the book drop and began taking returns of items.
 
On Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at 6:00pm the Sparta Free Library building closed to the public.
 
 
 
Please note that although we will be taking numerous precautions, we cannot guarantee that library materials will be free from COVID-19.
 
Digital services continue to be available, including e-books, downloadable audiobooks, and more! Wi-Fi also continues to be available near the building.
 
The health and safety of our patrons and staff is a priority to the Sparta Free Library (SFL). We are working to stay on top of the evolving COVID-19 pandemic and will continue to follow the guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control, WI Department of Health Services, and the Monroe County Health Department.

For up-to-date information from the CDC about the coronavirus, including prevention tips and how to identify symptoms, please visit the CDC website here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html