The Library Is Now Open
The L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library is now open at 400 Eau Claire Street in downtown Eau Claire. Customers may once again visit the library to use core services and see the newly renovated and expanded space. After years of planning, fundraising, and construction (most of it during a global pandemic), library staff is excited to welcome everyone back to our beloved 46-year-old building.
While staff is still setting up a few systems and preparing some remaining spaces, almost all of the library’s services are available. Some important details…
Monday–Thursday: 9:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m. | Friday–Saturday: 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. | Sunday: Closed
Customers with materials that are due may return them to the library, using a new automated return system with intakes located next the front doors (facing Eau Claire Street) and in the library’s drive-thru lane, accessible from the lower level parking lot.
Customers with materials on hold may now stop in to pick them up using the location they’d selected when reserving online. Selecting “Eau Claire Library” means you come into the building and use the hold selves. Selecting “Eau Claire Drive-thru” means you use the drive-thru lane (a library card is required during pickup). Items currently on hold will be kept until Sept. 21.
Study and Meeting Rooms
Customers exploring the building will notice 14 different study and meeting rooms available to reserve free of charge. The rooms will first be made available for reservation during the library’s Grand Reopening Week (Sept. 26–Oct. 1).
September is national Library Card Sign-Up Month. To celebrate, the library is offering free replacement cards all month (normal price: $1). Those wishing to set up a new account/card will need proof of their current address. Minors will need a legal guardian present.
Customers have a number of parking options near the library, including the lower level lot (with handicap accessible spaces), both sides of S. Dewey Street, the Riverview Parking lot (across S. Dewey St. from the library), and the parking ramp located on Farwell and Gibson Streets.