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COVID-19 vaccine and community resource Information can be found here.

  Services currently available at our Main Street facility  include: 

  • You will be able to peruse the shelves on both floors for items.  Please maintain social distancing while in the library.
  • Self-pick up of holds.  Stop in and get your holds from the hold shelf as you did before. Then, check them out at the self-checks or from the circulation desk.
  • Computer use.  You no longer need to make an appointment to use the library computers.  Our public computers are spaced apart to maintain social distancing.
  • Printing/Copying/Scanning Services available on both floors.
  • Both the Main Street and Parking lot entrances to the library are open.
  • Youth Services is offering book bundles and regular youth reference and readers advisory services at their service desk or via phone or email.  Call 608.789.7128 or email
  • The Archives and Local History department will continue to accept reference services requests via phone, email, or mail.  Appointments can now be scheduled to use archival collections and reading room materials.  Only one visitor can use the reading room at a time. Call 608.789.7136 or email
  • Adult Services will continue to accept reference services requests via phone, email, chat or mail.  One-on-One appointments can be scheduled by calling 608.789.7122 or by emailing

Unfortunately we cannot offer the use of meeting rooms and children’s play at this time.


What will I have access to? 

  • Patrons will be able to access the circulating collections on both floors as well as the library computers. 

What can I expect when I arrive at the library? 

What is the library doing to sanitize and provide physical distancing? 

  • We have limited occupancy based on community health metrics and social distancing guidelines.
  • The public computers are spaced apart to facilitate this.
  • Daily cleaning with additional cleaning of high contact areas to be done by staff periodically. 

What should I bring with me? 

  • Your library card and your own face covering, if you are unvaccinated.
  •  If you don’t have a library card, you can request one at the Circulation Desk. 

Can I use the restrooms when I visit? 

  • Yes, the public restrooms on both floors will be open. 

Can I bring my own laptop/device and use the library’s WiFi? 

  • Yes!

WiFi is available outside the building from 5:00 AM to 11:00 PM seven days a week at any of the three La Crosse Public Library locations. No password needed, just accept terms and conditions.

Can I donate materials?

  • Yes, our Friends of the Library are now accepting donated materials.  When you are ready to bring in items, you'll want to enter from the South parking lot entrance during open hours (10am-6pm, Monday-Saturday) and we will have teal carts available to place your donated materials.  You may request a donation form if you'd like to receive a written acknowledgment.  

How does the library determine service levels? 

  • The library determines when and how to roll back services based on health and safety recommendations from the following sources and indicators: 
    • La Crosse County Health Department
    •  Coulee COVID Collaborative
    •  Wisconsin Department of Health Services
    •  Current public service levels in municipal and/or county buildings
    •  Current in-person precautions used by area school districts
    •  Executive Orders from the Wisconsin Governor
    • Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
    • Centers for Disease Control

 We must also ensure we have adequate staff available to safely offer our services, monitoring required quarantines and positive COVID cases among our employees