A Special Message from the Library Director

Updated March 25, 2020

Pamela Westby
Library Director
L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library

Dear Customers,

L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library will remain closed until at least April 24 in compliance with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services “Safer at Home” emergency order.

Unfortunately, in order to comply with this order, the library is not able to offer any curbside or home-delivery of materials, or accept materials at our offsite book drops.

However, this does not mean a complete shutdown of library services. We will continue to provide the many digital services you have come to love, such as e-books and e-audiobooks; streaming movies, TV and music services; free access to magazines and newspapers; and more. All of these services are available through the Digital Media page of the library website. Additionally, we are exploring virtual storytimes and other concepts for virtual services.

We also encourage those who may be self-distancing to enjoy some of the library’s digital collections. See what Eau Claire looked like back in “the day,” learn more about your family history, or start building up your “to read” list.

For those of you who have borrowed library materials in your possession, do not fear the due date – we are a fine-free library! We are also extending loan periods during this time, so you do not need to return materials until we are back in full operation. Book drops at the library and around town will be closed, so please hold on to your materials until we re-open.

For those of you who interact with our wonderful staff, please note that we are looking at ways of utilizing their talents during this time, and the library is evaluating all operations to ensure staff are appropriately compensated.

We will continue to communicate with you as our response to this outbreak evolves. We look forward to welcoming you back into the library when this virus runs its course and our communities begin to reconvene and rebuild a sense of normalcy.

Take care,

Pamela K. Westby
Library Director

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the closure