Available Library Services

We are able to provide access to many services, including library materials.
Our staff would be glad to assist you in any way we can. Please email mhpl@mounthorebwi.info or call (608) 437-5021. 

We encourage Drive Up Pick Ups when possible, but we are happy to offer limited in-house services.

Our Express Library offers partial access to our building. See below for available services.


MASKS MUST BE WORN while you are in the building, in accordance with the Dane County Mask Mandate.
If you do not have access to a mask, please speak with a library staff member. Thank you. 
 

Senior/At Risk Hours:
Monday-Friday, 9-10am
General Public Welcome
Monday-Thursday, 10am-8pm
Friday, 10am-5:30pm
Saturday, 9am-5pm


Practice social distancing and stay at least 6 feet away from others. 

We can allow 15 people in the library at one time so you may need to wait before entering. One visit (up to two hours) per person per day.

You are welcome to enter the center areas of the library and access the computers/printer/scanner/copy machine and fax machine without an appointment.  The other areas of the library (including the meeting rooms, shelves of books, intermediate and children's areas) remain closed.

Drive Up Service Remains Available. We encourage you to place your holds online and utilize our Drive Up Window (by appointment) to pick up your items. 

What's available in the Express Library?

  • All Ages Lucky Day and New Items, YA books, and Adult Large Print, Westerns, Romances, Science Fiction, and Fantasy are available for browsing. You may also browse our board game collection and Adult AV materials.  The other areas of the library (including the Adult Fiction and Nonfiction, intermediate and children's areas) remain closed.

  • Computers/Printer/Scanners/Copy Machine and Fax Machine are available for use without an appointment. (First come, first served. To comply with social distancing guidelines, staff assistance with this equipment will be limited.)

  • We have a new print-from-wherever-you-are option! (You can send your print jobs from home and come to the library to retreive them from the print station!) Click here for details. 

  • Wi-Fi. Always available outside, but now you can bring your own devices into the library to connect.

  • Wireless printing from your own devices.

  • Newspapers. (We cannot sanitize our newspapers. Please take precautions if using.) 

  • Get a library card.

  • Self checkout of materials.

  • You may pick up your holds inside if you are comfortable doing so. We continue to offer Drive Up Service and encourage picking up holds by making an appointment to use our Drive Up Window. (Email mhpl@mounthorebwi.info or call 437-5021 to make appointment.)

  • Pay Fees.

  • Reserve a study room.

What safety precautions are being used?  Due to COVID-19 health concerns, we ask that you please consider your health situation before entering our public building. We care about you and want you to be safe. Please do not put yourself or others at risk because of library items or services.  Though we are doing our best to keep our spaces clean, you must use your own judgment and exercise your own safety precautions while in our building.  Only use the library if you feel it is safe for you and your family. 

  • Staff are wearing masks.

  • Customer service areas have protective shields.

  • Staff are sanitizing high touch surfaces regularly.

  • Computer stations are at least 6 feet apart.

Getting library materials:
We are able to provide Drive Up service! Simply order your books with LINKcat, wait until you get your holds notification and call/email to schedule a Pick Up Appointment! More information here. Not able to access LINKcat? Call or email us and we'll order items for you. 

Wish you could browse the shelves and find something? Let our librarians browse for you! We now offer Personalized Picks for adults, and Just For You Bags for Kids! Fill out a quick questionnaire and we'll select items based on your interests.

 

Lucky Day Items: 
You may stop in during our Express Library hours and browse our new and Lucky Day items. Not comfortable stopping in?  Give us a call at (608) 437-5021 with your Lucky Day requests and we'll see if they are available. 

 

Returning Library Materials:
Our outdoor book drops are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We are unable to sanitize the book drops between each person so please use precautionsThe book drops are located along the east side of the building and are accessible via drive up or walk up.  Following guidance from Public Health Madison and Dane County, as of March 26 we are no longer quaranting items. However, there is a back log to get through so please don't be alarmed if your items remain on your account for a couple of days. 
 

Reference Service: Our librarians are available to help you. We would be happy to offer assistance with research, provide book recommendations and more!
Please email mhpl@mounthorebwi.info or call (608) 437-5021. 

 

Online ebooks and audiobooks:
Our library provides two free services for digital materials. Both are available as apps for your devices or can be accessed online. 

  • Hoopla. No wait times! That's right. Movies, tv series, ebooks and audiobooks available immediately. You get six(6) checkouts per month. 
  • Libby/Overdrive: If you are using a device, download the Libby app. If you're using a computer, you'll use Overdrive. This is the same end result, just a different way of using it. You can have ten items checked out at a time. 

 

Programming:
Enjoy programs on our YouTube channel! Listen to storytimes, go on a virtual farm visit, try some crafts for adults (and all ages), watch cooking demonstrations and more!  We are exploring ways to provide further programming soon. 

 

Library at home! 
You have access to Consumer Reports, Ancestry.com (genealogy), book recommendations and Newspaper Archives from your house! 

Study Rooms are Available By Appointment Only.

  • Masks must be worn at all times inside study room.
  • Please call 437-5021 to set up appointment. 
  • Limit of 2 hours per day, one appointment per week. 
  • No food allowed. 
  • Up to 3 people allowed in room. 

Not Available:

  • Our meeting room is unavailable. 
  • We cannot accept any item donations.