Effective Monday, January 4, 2021, the Monroe Street Library (1705 Monroe St.) will reduce service to three days per week.
Prior to extensive library service limits due to COVID-19, the Monroe Street Library was open for 46 hours, five days per week. Beginning in January 2021, the library will be open three days each week for a total of 24 hours per week.
While libraries are operating reduced services due to COVID-19, Monroe Street Library service hours will be:
When libraries have returned to capacity or near-capacity, Monroe Street Library service hours will be:
(Note: as of 5/24/21, it was determined that these hours will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021)
“Madison Public Library was faced with the difficult decision of how to reduce hours at the Monroe Street Library with the least impact to our library patrons. The new set of operating hours is based on a variety of factors, including past use data, current curbside use data, available staffing, and a snapshot customer survey,” said Library Director Greg Mickells. “We will continue to monitor and collect patron feedback to make sure that even at our new hours we will continue to provide the same great customer service Monroe Street Library patrons have come to expect and deserve.”
"When the Madison Public Library board made the extremely difficult budget decisions for 2021, we urged Mayor Rhodes-Conway and the Madison Common Council to allow continued access to this valued neighborhood asset," said Library Board President Eve Galanter. "We are grateful for their positive response, and although service hours will be limited, the Monroe Street Library will remain open in 2021. The board has committed to revisiting the impact of the specific days and hours of service proposed and we look forward to continuing to provide our award winning services to area residents."
Due to a 2.1% reduction in the 2021 operating budget, Monroe Street hours changes are part of a series of hours reductions and shifts that will take place in 2021. In addition to reducing service at the Monroe Street Library in January, when libraries return to full or near-full capacity, the Alicia Ashman Library will reduce service by 20 hours on weekdays, the Central Library Youth Services area will reduce service by 12 hours Monday-Thursday, and Sunday hours at Pinney and Sequoya Libraries will be replaced by Sunday hours at Goodman South Madison and Lakeview Libraries.