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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Library Services


Northfield Public Library reopened Tuesday, May 26. The health and safety of our staff and patrons is our first priority. 


We ask you to:

Stay Home if You are Sick. If you or anyone in your household is sick or has symptoms, do not enter the library.

Wash Your Hands. Frequent handwashing is your first line of defense against infection. 

Wear a Mask. Wearing a mask that covers your mouth and nose is required to protect library staff and other patrons. If you don't have a mask, we'll give you one to keep. Fabric masks are offered for free and are reusable. 

Limit Your Stay. Toys and many soft furnishings have been removed to facilitate a clean and sanitary environment. Library staff are cleaning and disinfecting at regular intervals throughout the day. During this time, meeting rooms are not available for public use, and library programs will be conducted virtually.

Follow Social Distancing. Keep 6 feet from library staff and other patrons. Follow staff guidance, posted signs, and floor markings to ensure adequate spacing.


Get Your Requests

  • Place new requests via the online catalog or receive requests you’ve been waiting for.
  • You will be notified when your requested items are available for pickup.
  • Regular Pickup is from the hold shelf as normal during library hours.
  • No-Contact Pickup is available. Call 507-645-1803 to schedule No-Contact Pickup or Home Delivery of your items.


Return Materials

  • The bookdrop is open. Please begin returning library materials when you are ready.
  • Returned materials and items delivered from other locations are isolated as a preventive measure. Library staff will wear appropriate PPE and follow safe materials handling procedures.
  • For staff safety, your returned items will be checked in after the isolation period.


Get a Library Card

Register for a library card in the building at any service desk, or online by emailing


‚ÄčOnline Access from Anywhere

The library provides a range of digital offerings, including eBooks and eAudiobooks from Libby and RBDigital, streaming movies on Kanopy, online databases for research and homework, and, an online learning platform with thousands of tutorials.


Personalized Information Service

Library staff are available in person and at a distance to answer questions and provide reading recommendations. Call 507-645-6606 or email