With the spread of the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, the Northern Waters Library Service and the public libraries in all eight counties are actively following the Center for Disease Control’s sanitation and hygiene recommendations and protocols to ensure the safety and health of library users and staff. We are also monitoring the situation with a variety of information sources, including those from the Department of Public Instruction, county public health departments, and the Center for Disease Control.

At this time, no public libraries in any of the eight counties are closed. However, each public library will work directly with their municipalities and local health agencies to determine whether to close in the event of a local outbreak. Updates on any public library closures will be posted on the Northern Waters Library Service’s website should they occur: https://nwls.wislib.org/library-directory/.

The health and safety of library users and staff are our priority. We encourage anyone who is feeling ill or has recently traveled to a community outbreak area to stay home and not visit the library until the required monitoring time has passed. 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://nwls.wislib.org/library-directory/.

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