Happy New Year!

As of January 2nd, 2021 the Webster County Library will become a FINE FREE library! This means that there will no longer be a daily overdue charge for items returned after their due date. Replacement fees for items marked “lost” or “damaged” will still be charged appropriately as needed. Our checkout limits and due date time frames will remain the same, as well as replacement card and printing/copying fees.  Here are a few details to take note of:

  • Overdue fines will be waived on items checked out from either Webster County Library branch. This also applies to items borrowed from a Missouri Evergreen Consortium library.
  • Overdue fines are different than fees. Items marked lost or damaged will still be charged accordingly. Missouri Evergreen borrowed items that are lost and/or damaged may accrue additional fees determined by the owning library.
  • Items not returned within 45 days of the due date will be marked as lost, and a replacement fee will be charged.
  • Renewals will still be available on items except for DVD’s and “NEW” books.

We are confident that our patrons will strive to continue returning library materials in a timely manner. Many items have a wait list, and we want to be sure that each patron has fair access to all materials. Here are a few tips for making sure you return your items in a timely fashion:

  • Items can be returned to either the Marshfield or Rogersville locations. Outside accessible drop boxes for all materials are available at both locations.
  • Make sure you have an up-to-date email address on your library card account so that you may receive handy reminders when your items are due.
  • Download the Missouri Evergreen Mobile App for instant access to your account. You can keep an eye on due dates and renew certain items from the comfort of home.

The Webster County Library appreciates our patrons, and we hope that making this positive change will help our community to achieve access to library materials and services they may have thought were unavailable because of an overdue charge. Stop by or call to check on your account today!

 

Inclement Weather Policy

Some situations may require altered hours of operation or complete closure of one or more Webster County Library branches. All reasonable attempts will be made to keep libraries open during weather related or unplanned events. The safety of our patrons ans staff are of the utmost importance.

Library facilities will be closed if the corresponding public school district closes due to inclement weather. In some cases library staff will attempt to open, if circumstances allow. Please do not travel to the library without first calling, checking the website, or our Facebook page to ensure the library is open.

Early closures may be announced at any time during the work day to ensure the safety of patrons and staff traveling in the evening hours.

Closures will be announced to the public via the library website, social media and signage if staff is able to travel to the library for posting.

Due dates for library materials due on dates the library is closed will be adjusted accordingly.

Thank you and stay safe!

 

Items in quarantine information…

Due to recent research information, the Webster County Library will be increasing the time items are in quarantine to at least 4 days. Items will still be listed on your account and may possibly still accrue fines during this quarantine period. When the quarantine period is over each item will be scanned in and back dated appropriately to account for any fines accrued during quarantine. We realize that this can be a confusing time for everyone and we are working hard to ensure the safety of our patrons and staff first and foremost. We thank you for your patience and understanding as we try to stay up to date on the best procedures and safe handling of all items that circulate through the Webster County Library.

Reopening Guidelines

The Webster County Library will reopen for patron use on Monday May 18th. Please follow the guidelines listed below when you visit the library.

*Return ALL items to the outside book drop.

*Please limit your time in the library to 30 minutes.

*One member per family at a time, when possible.

*Use our catalog to browse and place items on hold from home.

*Social distancing will be enforced.

*No meeting room use and no programs.

*Computer use limited to 30 minutes.

*If you are feeling unwell, please do not enter the library.

Thank you for your cooperation! We look forward to serving you

Reopening – 18 May 2020

The Webster County Library plans to reopen to the public on Monday, May 18th, with social distancing and other precautionary restrictions in place.   We have a couple of weeks of work ahead of us, to get items in from our Evergreen Consortium and our patrons.  During the week of May 4th we will be receiving deliveries from our courier system, to clear out their warehouse of items that have been circulating throughout the state.  Those items have been in quarantine, so they will be ready to return to our shelves.  Beginning the week of May 11th, our book drops will be open for patrons to return items they previously checked out.   Those items will be cleaned and begin their quarantine period.  We will continue to extend due dates and waive fines.

The Library Board and Staff are looking forward to resuming services and serving our patrons.   In the first phase of our reopening, we will be following recommended social distancing guidelines in the Library.   We ask that our patrons limit their time in the building to 30 minutes, to select materials and check outWhen possible, visits should be limited to one member per family.   All Library materials must be returned to our outside book drops, to minimize staff interaction with materials that may have been exposed to COVID-19.  Newspapers and current issues of magazines will be unavailable for browsing, as they cannot be sanitized or quarantined between uses.   Seating throughout the Library will be very limited during this first stage of reopening, as we want our patrons to move in and out of the Library in an efficient manner.   Evergreen Consortium sharing will not resume until 80% of the consortium libraries are open to the public, and that is unlikely to occur until late May or early June.  The Library meeting rooms will not be available for public use, as they are being utilized for quarantining all returned Library materials.  All programs and group events are cancelled through at least the month of June.

We are implementing many changes to provide the safest environment possible for our staff and patrons.  For example, installing plastic shields at our circulation desks, wiping down frequently touched areas on an hourly basis, providing masks/gloves for staff use, and other changes to our procedures and services you may see on your next visit.

We are all in an unprecedented situation, and we ask that you help us to help you by being patient and respectful of our new normal as it stands today.

 

Please take note!

As a precaution to prevent the spread of corona-virus the Webster County Library has decided to cancel all library programs and close our meeting rooms to public use until further notice.  If you are ill or exhibiting flu-like symptoms we ask that you do not visit our library facilities.  Please call 417-468-3335 if you would like to renew materials you have out or to ask questions about your account.  Thank you for understanding the cancellation of our programs and meeting room use at this time.

 

Stuck at home or wanting to avoid germs? Don’t forget you can access free eBooks and eAudio from home via our website by choosing the eBooks tab and choosing Missouri Libraries 2 Go.

The 2020 Census at the Webster County Library

The U.S. Constitution requires that a Census, or a count of the United States population, be held every ten years. THIS is that year. Beginning in March, each household will be required to fill out a questionnaire about who lives at that address. For the first time ever you can go online to fill out your census questionnaire. The Webster County Library has several public use computers available to complete your 2020 Census safely and securely!

Most households will receive an invitation to complete their census online in the mail beginning in the middle of March. Even if you haven’t received an invitation, you can still complete your 2020 Census, all you’ll need is your address.

Not computer savvy? You still have the traditional methods of answering your census available. Phone calls to the Census Bureau will also be accepted beginning mid-March, or wait for your paper copy to be mailed to you, fill it out, and then simply mail it back.

The WCL staff are here to help make sure that everyone in Webster County is counted for the 2020 Census. Your accuracy ensures funding for many Webster County programs and services, INCLUDING the Webster County Library. Stop by today to see a sample of the 2020 Census Questionnaire and to get answers to any questions you might have.

Visit the 2020 Census online for more information.

Help us get Webster County Counted!

 

 

Take Webster County Library With You!

Take Webster County Library with you wherever you go! With Overdrive or Libby by Overdrive, you have access to thousands of eBooks, Audiobooks, Magazines and more. Great selections for kids and adults!

With easy to use formats and walk through sign ups both Overdrive and Libby make it simple to check out items for your reading or listening pleasure and NO LATE FEES!       FYI- You can download just one or both Libby and Overdrive apps, both have the same title selections, they just have different styles/formats.

Click on the links below to download to your favorite Apple or Android Devices.

 

Libby for Apple Products 

Libby for Android Products

Overdrive for Apple Products

Overdrive for Android Products

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