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Limited Public Computing Begins June 22 at Madison Public Library

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We will begin providing public computing by appointment only at all library locations except Monroe Street Library beginning Monday, June 22. To schedule an appointment, call 608-315-5151 beginning 11am on Monday, June 22.

Appointments are available Monday through Friday from 11 a.m - 5:30 p.m. (the last appointment available is 5:30-6:30)  Customers can make a maximum of one (1 hour) appointment per person per day, and can make up to two appointments per week. To allow time for cleaning and avoid patrons gathering outside in close proximity, appointments are staggered.

We are dedicated to providing a safe and healthy environment for both patrons and staff. By limiting the number of computers available, requiring 30 minutes between each appointment for cleaning, and offering limited assistance from six feet away, staff and patrons can comply with social distancing recommendations and health and safety best practices. Due to limited building capacities, only restrooms and computer areas will be open to the public, and food and drink will not be allowed.  Other areas of the library will remain closed and access to materials checkout and returns is only available via curbside service.

Approximately 12% of Madison households do not have access to internet at home, and those households contain a higher percentage of people of color.  “We have prioritized the restoration of public computing access in our reopening planning because we know internet access is an equity issue,” said Library Director Greg Mickells. “We were planning and testing public internet access during Phase One of Forward Dane at two libraries, and now that we have entered Phase Two, the library can slowly and safely reintroduce public computing and continue planning for a phased reopening of library buildings.”

See the full list of available services and service details at madisonpubliclibrary.org/coronavirus.

Jun 18, 2020