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How to use the library now

We know it’s strange that the library is open, but not as usual. We hope this photo essay will make you feel comfortable with what to expect when coming to see us. Remember, the library’s temporary hours are 1-6 Monday-Friday and 10-2 Saturday.

Front Door

The entryway is always open, so come in anytime.

Book Returns

Our regular book return is not available, so please leave your returns on this cart whether or not the library is open.

Puzzle Exchange

The same cart also holds our puzzle exchange. Take a puzzle, leave a puzzle, no need to check out. Available whether or not the library is open.

Fun stuff for kids

Just added to the entryway is this table of free, fun things for kids. Take home a packet of coloring and other fun pages, a sucker, a small gift, a bookmark. Also available whether or not the library is open. Contents are subject to change.

Inside door

This door is closed and locked when the library is not open.

Inside door

The door is open when the library is open, so come on in.


Yes, that is cardboard on the floor. Don’t worry, enter anyway. The restrooms are available if you need one.

Main library

As you can see, the main library remains closed, and probably will be for a while. No entry.


Turn left from the entry to the small hallway.

Grown-up book cart

We have a small number of (mostly) new books to browse. These books are available for immediate checkout.

Magazine and brochure rack

Our regular brochure rack also has all of our recent magazines. It’s too complicated to check them out right now, so they are yours to take and keep. First come, first served.

Meeting room/current library

If the door’s open, we are available to help you.

Kids book cart

There are also a small number of kids’ books available to browse for immediate checkout.

No entry

Unfortunately, we can’t let you past the carts to browse the rest of the collections right now. If you want a specific item, you can request online or call the library at 507-744-3977. For items in the library, we should be able to get it for you by the next day.


You can check out items you have on hold or those you got from a browsing cart right inside the door.

The library is still your library, and we hope to see you soon.


Library Re-opening for Limited Service

Thank you to everyone who has been so understanding and supportive during this difficult time.  The library will be reopening on a very limited basis on Monday, February 5th.

How will it work?

We will have a pickup service, where you can order up to 4 items per card by calling the library, or order through the online catalog. We anticipate a 24-hour response time.  You can then pick your items up in the library’s meeting room during the following limited hours. Please wait until notified that your items are ready before pickup. (We will do our best to locate requested materials, but cannot guarantee results.)


Monday:             1-6
Tuesday:            1-6
Wednesday:     1-6
Thursday:          1-6
Friday:                1-6
Saturday:          10-2

There will also be a small number of items on a browsing cart available to check out. We will not be able to fill immediate in-person requests, nor will patrons be able to browse in the temporary stacks.

A temporary return bin will be placed in the entryway on Monday as well.

We hope to increase service levels as we see how this temporary service is working.  The timeline for moving back into the library space is still unknown, but will probably not be before mid-March at the earliest.  We will keep you informed as we know more. Thank you for your patience.

Holiday Hours

Happy holidays from us to you!  May your festive season be filled with family, friends, food and fun.  Also, books.

Holiday hours:

Friday, December 23:  open 10-2
Yes, we will have storytime!

Saturday, December 24: closed

Monday, December 26: closed

Saturday, December 31: open

Monday, January 2: closed