Library Information

Here you will find information about our phased opening as well as curbside pickup and much more.

New hours. Easier access!

Beginning Tuesday, September 8 it will be a bit easier to safely access the library and its materials. We will close the library at regularly scheduled times to sanitize high contact surfaces. The updated hours and procedures are outlined below. We look forward to seeing you!

UPDATED Library Hours:
Monday - Thursday 9 am to 10:45 am, 11 am to 12:45 pm, 1 pm to 2:45 pm, 3 pm to 4:45 pm, and 5 pm to 7 pm.
Friday & Saturday 9 am to 10:45 am, 11 am to 12:45 pm, 1 pm to 2:45 pm, and 3 pm to 5 pm.

Limited Capacity: The number of people in the library will be limited for the safety of patrons and staff. You will see a monitor at the Library Street entrance displaying the current occupancy and indicating whether it is okay for you to enter.

Library Street Entrance: You will enter and exit through the Library Street entrance on the west side of the building, unless you are notified otherwise for specific activities or programs. 

Safety Measures: For your safety and that of our staff, all staff members will wear masks and sanitize their hands and work surfaces frequently. You will be offered hand sanitizer when you enter the library, and we will appreciate it greatly if you also wear a mask. We will have disposable masks available, as well as plastic gloves if you choose to browse through our books and other materials. All library materials will be quarantined for at least 4 days before they are returned to the shelves.

Curbside & Online Services Continue: We are continuing to offer services and programs developed during our closure. Visit www.deforestlibrary.org for details. * Curbside pickup * Outside electronic lockers * Grab Bags * Online library card applications * Overdrive & Libby Ebooks & Audio Books * Free online books and resources * Public wifi outside the Children's Room (Library Street side)

Programs & Performances - Online & In-Person: Many of our programs are being offered online for the time being. We are excited to be able to offer some of our programs both in-person and online. For more details, please follow us on Facebook, check our website, and watch for our next e-newsletter. We are committed to providing as safe an environment as possible for you and our staff when you return to the library. Therefore, we are offering limited access to resources and materials at first and implementing additional safety procedures. We are continually reviewing our safety and operating procedures, making adjustments as needed, and expanding access as we are able.

Curbside Pickup

Curbside & Online Services Continue: As we begin to reopen the library, we will continue to offer services and programs developed during our closure. We are pleased to announce that curbside pickup is available. We will be adjusting hours and procedures as needed to meet the needs of our community and ensure the safety of our staff and patrons.

Requesting materials: Please use LINKcat to place your holds when possible, but please feel free to contact library staff during business hours if you need additional assistance. You will be notified when your holds are available, at which time you can schedule your curbside or electronic locker pickup. Materials requested from DAPL, if they are currently available on our shelves, are typically ready for pickup within two business days. Materials requested from other libraries, when they are available, may take some time to arrive at DAPL due to book quarantine and delivery schedules.

LINKcat search tip for locating and requesting DAPL materials: Use the filters on the left side of the results screen to refine your search to include only titles “Available on shelf” or “Owned by” the DeForest Library. LINKcat Tip Sheet

Library cards: Apply for a DAPL library card at https://www.deforestlibrary.org/apply-online-deforest-library-card.

Grab bags: We’re happy to choose fresh reading and viewing materials just for you! Go to https://www.deforestlibrary.org/grab-bag-request-form, complete the Grab Bag form, including your preferred format, theme, and pickup day and time, and we’ll get right to work.

Safety precautions: Library staff is taking additional safety precautions as it continues to serve the community. In accordance with best practices for handling library materials, we are quarantining returned items for a minimum of 4 days to reduce the risk of passing along COVID-19 and other viruses. Patrons are encouraged to help stop the spread by washing hands before and after using public library materials and perhaps even sanitizing the materials before use.

Curbside pickup hours: 9:30 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Saturday. Schedule curbside pickup by emailing DAPLholds@gmail.com or by calling 608-846-5482. Materials will be placed inside the Library Street entrance at your scheduled time.

Outside electronic lockers: A limited number of small electronic lockers are available for picking up materials outside of curbside pickup hours. Materials must be picked up within 24 hours of your requested time. Email DAPLholds@gmail.com or call 608-846-5482 to make pickup arrangements.

General Information

Returns: DeForest Library materials may be returned at any time using the outdoor book returns. Large items, such as busy bags, bags of books, Launchpads, may be returned in the Library Street lobby during business hours. We encourage you to return your materials when you are finished with them so they may be made available for your neighbors. Your materials will be quarantined within the library for at least four (4) days after you return them; the materials will still be checked out to you during this period but will not accrue fines.

Donations: Until further notice we are no longer accepting donations of materials. At the moment our book sale is fully stocked and we cannot store any more materials that are donated. We will begin accepting donations after our next book sale. 

Public wifi: The library’s public wifi is accessible outside the building. The signal is strongest on the Library Street side, near the Children’s Room.

Free online services and resources: The library offers a variety of online services and resources for free at www.deforestlibrary.org. For example, patrons can use their library card and pin numbers to download ebooks and audiobooks through Overdrive and Libby and stream videos and TV shows through Kanopy and Kanopy Kids. The website also features a page of resources specific to the COVID-19 pandemic, including information about unemployment and financial resources.

Online Resources:

Please call us at (608) 846-5482 if you have any questions or if we can be of any assistance.