Book lovers, parents excited as Madison libraries re-open for in-person visits

MADISON, Wis. — Book lovers in Madison can rejoice as the city’s public libraries are now back open.

The doors opened Monday to patrons with expanded services including in-person library browsing, self-pickup on holds, expanded computer use and access to basic desk services with an actual person.

That includes the Pinney Library, where the neighborhood couldn’t wait to get back in.

“We were glad we could reserve (books) online, it worked well but it doesn’t replace being able to open the book and look at it and get things that maybe we wouldn’t have been interested in. We always get way more when we’re in person than to try to look it up (online),” said Sandra Houseman.

Visitors ages 5 and up are still required to wear a mask and social distance inside Madison’s public libraries. Curbside service is also no longer available.