All Madison libraries to close by Tuesday, due dates of materials to be extended


MADISON, Wis. — Madison Public Library  plans to close all branches of its libraries starting Tuesday in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The city posted about the closures on its website.

Right now, only Central Library and Sequoya Library are open.

“This was an incredibly difficult decision,” said Madison Public Library Director Greg Mickells, “We know our libraries are critical resources for information and internet access, voter registration, in-person absentee voting, distance education, and resources for people to fill out their 2020 Census forms. However, protecting the health of staff and customers is our highest priority.”

Library book drops will be closed, and customers are urged to keep library materials until libraries reopen. Due dates of checked out materials will be extended, and holds will be retained at libraries until libraries reopen. The library’s databases, online magazines and newspapers and downloadable audiobooks and eBooks  collections are also accessible 24/7 with a library card.

It is unclear when Madison’s libraries will reopen. Times and dates will be posted on the library’s website and social media pages.

Library staff will share more information about the availability of libraries as absentee voting sites in the next few days.