Library Reopening Statement from the Bridges Library System


With recent developments related to Wisconsin’s Safer At Home order, many of the member libraries of the Bridges Library System, which includes 24 public libraries in Jefferson and Waukesha counties, will begin phased reopenings of their physical buildings in the coming weeks.

The health and safety of library users and staff is of paramount importance, so the libraries are following guidelines and recommendations from a variety of trusted sources, including the Center for Disease Control, their county public health departments, and the Department of Public Instruction as they make decisions regarding reopening procedures.

Each library plans to institute thorough sanitation and hygiene protocols to ensure the safety and health of library users and staff. Visitors are encouraged to maintain social distancing. Wearing a mask also is encouraged, and may be required in some libraries. Anyone who is feeling ill should stay home and not visit the library until the required monitoring time has passed.

Each library will set their own reopen date, service protocols, and hours of operation, based on guidance from their municipalities and library boards. Some library services, such as computer usage, may be limited. Please contact your public library or visit their website to find detailed information regarding your library’s services and operations.

Continued updates on our member libraries’ closures and reopenings will be posted on the Bridges Library System’s website as they occur: https://bridgeslibrarysystem.org/library-closings/.

As a reminder, you can access digital library services, such as ebooks, e-audios, digital magazines, and online classes with your library card at no cost: https://bridgeslibrarysystem.org/online-tools/.

Please see the following resources for more information on COVID-19: