Safety is of utmost importance at BPL, as is providing our community the services upon which they depend. Having a space to study, meet, and learn is important. So is having materials to read and watch, computers and internet access to connect with family and work, and programs to engage one’s soul and mind. Our community needs us for a variety of reasons, which is why opening up — and doing it safely — was a priority.
Beloit Public Library reopened its doors to the public on Monday, June 1, for the first time in 11 weeks due to concerns for safety with COVID-19. The pandemic is an ever-evolving situation, requiring updates to the library’s plan of course. Below is the most current information available regarding BPL’s response to the virus.
Services Offered: Full services with accommodations for safety
Drive-Up Window: 9:30 a.m.-9:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday (Ring the bell for service)
Returns: Accepted inside and through the drive-up drop boxes 24/7
Hours: 9:30 a.m.-9:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday
BPL now offers a permanent Drive-Up Window. Here’s how it works: Be sure to select “Beloit Public Library Drive Up” as your pickup library location when you place your hold online. When you receive notice that your item is ready, pull up to the window located on the south side of our building, and press the button for service. Be sure to bring your library card and wear your mask. This service replaces our park-and-call service. Get started with drive-up today! Start by placing a hold on the item(s) you would like either online through your account (www.beloitlibrary.org), by email (email@example.com), or by phone (608-364-2905). Online requests are unlimited, but requests by phone and email are limited to five items per cardholder.
The computer lab is open from 9:30 a.m. until 15 minutes before closing time. To increase safety, we have decreased the number of computers, increased spacing, and have committed a staff person to remain in the lab to assist with computer help and printing. Only one person is allowed at each computer, and time limits are set for 90 minutes each day. If you need help, the assistant is able to roll their cart around and remote into your computer to offer help without encroaching within your 6′ space.
We are offering a limited number of in-person programs in our largest room — the Community Room. Space is generally limited to 15 participants, and preregistration is required. To sign up for a program, go to the How Do I? Register for a Program page.
Patrons are asked to follow all City of Beloit and CDC safety precautions, including staying home if they are ill, washing hands frequently, wearing a mask, and staying at least six feet away from others. Procedures for the use of some equipment and checkout will be modified, so please be patient with staff as we learn how to provide the best service while also keeping you safe.
Masks Are Required
In accordance with the State of Wisconsin, City of Beloit, and Beloit Public Library resolutions, all people (ages 5 and up) entering the building are required to wear face coverings. Exceptions can be found in the City of Beloit resolution. Exceptions are consistent with the guidelines established by the State of Wisconsin. BPL has a supply of disposable masks for those who either may have forgotten theirs or can’t afford one. If you need one, please ask any staff member.
We quarantine all materials that are returned to us for 24 hours before we check them back in, so there is a lag of up to one week before you will see them removed from your account. To make sure no one accumulates fines as the materials sit waiting, we backdate all items upon check-in. Why do we wait to check materials in and remove them from your account? If we were to check them in before they are ready to go back on the shelves, they will appear in the catalog to other library users that they are available for checkout, causing a lot of confusion.
Free WiFi 24/7
Access to the internet is important. We offer free WiFi 24 hours a day, 7 days a week — not only in our building, but throughout our parking lot. When logging on, select the network titled “BPL_Public.” On the landing page, check the accept box, then click “Connect.”
FABL Book Donations
Our Friends at Beloit Library (FABL) volunteers are once again accepting book donations for their used book sales. They welcome gently used hardcover or paperback books, DVDs, Blu-rays, and CDs. Unfortunately, they are unable to accept magazines, encyclopedias, Reader’s Digest Condensed Books, records, cassettes, hymnals, or materials that are moldy, damp, or smoke damaged. If you have any questions, feel free to ask a BPL staff member. All proceeds from the used book sales go to support library programs. FABL and BPL thank you for your donations and support!
Interlibrary loans have returned. However, with many libraries across the state still closed, the materials available will be limited and turnaround will take longer. Patrons can request up to five ILL items per week. If you have any questions, feel free to ask.
Reliable COVID-19 Resources
Below is a sampling of reliable resources to help you understand COVID-19. This is general information for educational purposes only. Please consult a healthcare provider for specific medical concerns.
American Psychological Association: COVID-19 information and resources
American Society of Hematology: COVID-19 resources
Benefits.gov: Coronavirus resources
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: General information about COVID-19
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Frequently asked questions
Health Cluster: General information about COVID-19
Health Resources & Services Administration: General information about COVID-19
Johns Hopkins Medicine: Coronavirus Myth vs. Fact
The Lancet: General information about COVID-19
National Education Association: COVID-19 information related to education
National Institutes of Health: General information about COVID-19
Rock County Health Department: General COVID-19 information
U.S. Department of Education: COVID-19 resources for schools, students, and families
U.S. Food & Drug Administration: General information about COVID-19
U.S. Small Business Association: Small business guidance and loan resources
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Children’s Bureau: COVID-19 resources
U.S. Department of Labor: Coronavirus resources related to employment
Wisconsin Department of Health Services: General COVID-19 information
Wisconsin Department of Health Services: COVID-19 resources for Wisconsin residents
World Health Organization: General information about COVID-19
World Health Organization: Advice for the public and myth busters
Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC): Understanding herd immunity and the COVID-19 vaccine
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Vaccine Information Statement on COVID-19 vaccines
Harvard Health Letter: General consumer article regarding vaccine mis- and dis-information
Mayo Clinic: Facts about Covid-19 vaccines
National Library Medicine’s Medlineplus: Consumer-level information about COVID-19 vaccines
World Health Organization: Myths and misconceptions about vaccines
Wisconsin Department of Health Services: Community testing sites and home test kits information