Covid and the Library

Covid-19 Procedure Update (will be updated after monthly board meetings):

6/9/21--The Library Board of Trustees has decided that community rooms are now available for public use. Children 7 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Masks are encouraged for the unvaccinated and the Library continues to encourage the public to practice safe hygiene for now and into the future.


The City of Lancaster has released the following:

In accordance with CDC policy released today, May 13, 2021, the City shall not require masks for any individual who is fully vaccinated.  Mask use  is requested of those individuals who have not completed the full vaccination protocol.

The Library continues to encourage the use of sanitizer and other safe hygiene practices during this time.

4/15/21– The Library Director and the Board of Trustees for Schreiner Memorial Library has decided that it is finally time to open the doors. Effective as of May 3rd, 2021, Schreiner Memorial Library will be open from 9am-8pm M-Thur., 9am-5pm Fri. and Sat. 9am-1pm for browsing. Computers will be available (for one hour at a time), as will newspapers. Coffee bar will not be active at this time. Study rooms and community rooms will be available for use once more by appointment. Children 13 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Although items will be quarantined for 24 hours, patrons are cautioned to use the library space and materials at their own discretion and risk. Curbside services will continue to be offered at this time. The Potosi Branch will be open TTh 3pm-8pm, Wed. 10am-1pm, and Sat. 9am-1pm. Only five people will be allowed in the Potosi Branch at a time. Children 13 and under must also be accompanied by an adult. Both libraries will continue to practice social distancing, sanitizing procedures, and the use of masks. Shields will continue to be in place at circulation desks to protect the staff.

We would like to thank the communities that we serve for being patient with us as we navigate into the “new normal” following a global pandemic. We are pleased to continue the tradition of providing access to information that has kept libraries in such esteem and reverence throughout the ages.

3/10/2021– The Library Director and Board of Trustees for Schreiner Memorial Library would like to assure the public that a regular discussion and evaluation of safe reopening procedures concerning the library are being conducted thoroughly during these changing and uncertain times. As an entity of the City of Lancaster, the Library bases its decisions on current CDC guidelines, released information from the Grant County Health Department, suggestions given to us by the Southwest Wisconsin Library System and the current pandemic climate in the state of Wisconsin. The protection and safety of our staff and patrons are always and will continue to be at the forefront as our highest priority. We strive to continue to provide a consistent plan with various service options for all library users in the SWLS system. Our current hope is that all of our staff who are open to getting vaccinated will choose to do so in the effort to achieve herd immunity and therefore provide a measure of safety in expanding our current services. We continue to appreciate the support and patience of everyone in our community as we continue to maneuver our way through these challenging times.

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