Using the Library From Home

The library building is currently closed due to COVID-19. However, we are working to continue to provide you with a range of services to use from the comfort and safety of your home.

Contact Us

The best way to reach us during this time is via email at However, staff are available by phone at 608-849-4217 (choose extension 4 to talk to a librarian) from 9am-6pm, Monday-Friday, and are periodically checking voicemails during other times.

Can I place holds on items to pick up?

We now offer curbside pickup of holds! Because the Safer at Home order does not allow for the transportation of items between locations, you will need to place holds on items that are available on the shelf in Waunakee. When you receive a notification that your hold is ready, please call the library at 608-849-4217 between 9am and 6pm, Monday-Friday to schedule a pickup time. You will need an appointment to pick up your materials.

Apply for a library card

If you do not have a library card, you can fill out our online application for a web-use card. This card will give you access to our digital resources and can be converted to a regular card for checking out physical materials when the building reopens. You will receive your card number and a welcome email within 24 hours of submitting the application. If you already have a library card but have lost it or do not know the number, please email us at

Online Resources

All of our digital resources are available 24/7, although most require a library card to use. These resources include Wisconsin's Digital Library, RBdigital for current and back issues of magazines, digital access to the New York TImes, and many other great research and entertainment resources. If you have questions about getting started on these resources, email us at

Help! My kids are bored!

Our Youth Services department is also updating a blog with activities, favorite resources, and virtual programs. Follow us on Facebook for live storytimes on Tuesdays and Thursday at 9:45am. updates, and other virtual programs!

Help! I'm bored!

Check our Facebook page for upcoming virtual programming. We are currently hosting live storytimes on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:45am, as well as Your Daily Emma on our YouTube channel, where you can listen to a librarian read a chapter a day of Emma by Jane Austen. For kids, preteens, and teens, check our blog,, for activities and other fun things to do! The Friends of the library arealso  currently hosting an Online Art Show, featuring the work of many local artists that donated art to help support the Friends and the new library. View the artshow here.

Due Dates

The due dates for all materials have been extended to July 1, 2020.

COVID-19 Information

Visit Public Health Madison and Dane County's website for accurate and current information. For information on applying for unemployment or other aid due to hardships related to COVID-19, please check the Department of Workforce Development's website. UW-Extension also has information on what to do if you are suffering financially due to the pandemic. The Village of Waunakee is also providing information about changes in service and how to access services, including voter information for the April 7 primary.