The Madison Public Library Board voted to reopen Madison Public Libraries beginning May 24 with expanded services that will include in-person library browsing, self-pickup holds and checkout, and access to basic desk services in person.

“Libraries are an important part of our community, providing free and equitable access to resources and experiences.  Our staff have worked hard to uphold that mission during the pandemic, and we are looking forward to safely expanding our in-person service offerings,” said Library Director Greg Mickells in a statement. “We have missed our customers and know they have missed in-person library services.  We are committed to sustaining an environment that is safe for our staff and customers as we expand services over the rest of the year and beyond.”

The library will phase out curbside pickup service on May 24. Customers can place holds online at  or call the library at 608-266-6300 to ask staff to place holds.

“On behalf of the Madison Public Library Board of Directors, I applaud the work that our library staff has provided to the City during this incredibly difficult year. They met the challenges every day,” said Library Board President Eve Galanter.  Along with many others in the community, I’m really excited to walk through the doors of our award-winning libraries again, and commend the staff for the extensive planning and preparation needed to ensure that we will all feel safe,”