- About SCL
- COVID-19 Response
Like you, Scott County Library has experienced change over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. Click on the tabs below to see what's changed. We update this page as new information is available. If you have other questions, use our Ask a Librarian form.
While brighter days are ahead, our hearts are with everyone affected by the ongoing pandemic. We're still taking precautions to ensure library services are safe, accessible, and welcoming for all. You can view our up-to-date safety guidelines on the "For Your Safety" tab below and on library signs.
If you aren't ready to visit your library, we can help. We encourage you to contact your library about contactless curbside pickup , technology assistance, or other accommodations to help you stay connected with us.
Last Updated: 1/10/23
Which safety guidelines are Scott County Libraries following?
Following guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health and Scott County Public Health, we are observing these important safety precautions:
- Face Masks: As of March 1, 2022, masks are no longer required in Scott County Libraries or other County facilities. Customers and staff who prefer wearing masks in the library are welcome to do so.
- Cleaning: As a courtesy, we will provide wipes to anyone who would prefer to sanitize a surface before use.
Are library buildings open?
- Yes, all libraries are open for regular service. View Library Locations & Hours.
Do I have to wear a mask in the library?
- No, you are not required to wear a mask but you are welcome to if you prefer.
May I reserve a meeting room?
- Yes, visit our Meeting Rooms booking page, book in our mobile app, or call your library to make a reservation.
I prefer to visit when it's less crowded. Do you have any special visiting opportunities?
- We invite you to sign up for Extended Access, which allows you to visit certain branches from 6am - 10pm every day on a self-service basis.
Is Curbside Pickup still available?
- Yes. Starting in January 2023, you no longer need to make an online appointment. Simply place items on hold using our Catalog & My Account site or our mobile app. When you receive a notice that they're available, call your library to arrange a pickup time during staffed hours. We ask that you call us at least one hour ahead of your visit so staff can check the items out to your card.
I lost an item. How can I pay for it?
- First, call your library so we can mark the item as "lost" in our system. You can then pay for the item by credit card through our catalog page or our mobile app (available on both iOS and Android).
Does the library offer in-person programs?
- Yes, we have resumed some in-person programming. Check our Event Calendar for more details.
Is the library still offering virtual and at-home programs?
- Yes! We are still offering limited programs of this type. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and the Scott County Nextdoor feed for upcoming opportunities. You can also subscribe to our newsletters to receive information straight to your inbox.
How can I borrow eBooks, eAudiobooks, and eMagazines?
- Visit our eLibrary page to learn how to use Libby.
What kind of distance learning support does the Library offer?
- The library’s collection of digital resources gives you online access to fantastic learning tools, homework help, and more.