Current Services

Current Services

Updated September 1, 2021:

The library is now open from 10 AM – 8 PM on Mondays through Thursdays and from 10 AM – 5 PM on Fridays and Saturdays. Beginning on September 12, we will also be open on Sundays from 1 PM – 5 PM.  We encourage visitors to wear a mask and maintain social distancing. We will provide disposable face masks for those who would like one.

Protective Measures

Working together, we can stay safe and prevent the spread of COVID. 

    • Face masks are recommended. We encourage visitors to wear a mask and maintain social distancing.
    • We will provide disposable masks for those who would like one.
    • Hand sanitizing stations are provided throughout the library.
    • Virtual and contactless services are available for those concerned about visiting the library during this time.
    • Following MN Dept. of Health guidance, we ask that if you have symptoms of COVID-19, stay home until all three of these things are true:
      • You feel better. Your cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms are better.
        and
      • It has been 10 days since you first felt sick.
        and
      • You have had no fever for at least 24 hours, without using medicine that lowers fevers.

If you have tested positive for COVID-19 but do not have symptoms, you must still stay home and away from others for 10 days.

Library Lockers

Library Locker Services

Use our library locker service to pick up books and other materials from lockers located just inside the double doors from the library parking ramp. Pickup is by appointment only during library hours.

Step 1: Request library materials. Use the catalog or library app to place a hold on specific titles. Select Stillwater as the pick-up location. Need help? Call the library at 651-275-4338. 

Step 2: Schedule a pick-up appointment. You will get an email when your items are ready. After receiving the notification, register for a library locker pickup on our calendar. Pickup must be scheduled at least one day in advance. No materials will be available for same-day pickup.

Step 3: Pick up your items on your appointment date from the library lockers. During your scheduled appointment time, please pull into the library’s ramp. There is a parking space reserved for locker pickups just a few steps away from the door. Retrieve your materials from the green lockers by the double doors. Lockers will be labeled alphabetically by patron last name. Materials are available in the locker for the day of your appointment only, and lockers are only accessible during library hours.

If the library locker service is full or you have an available item that you would like more quickly, stop into the library and retrieve your materials from the holds shelf. Your item may be picked up during library hours. No appointment is needed. The holds shelf is located across from the Public Services desk on the lower level of the library.

Online Services

Whether we are open or closed, you can use the library’s collection of digital materials and online resources to keep informed and entertained.

    • Join in our virtual programs. Some library programming is continuing virtually! Check out our event calendar for classes and programs for kids, teens and adults! Select filter by “Online Only” to view classes that you can attend from home.
    • Download ebooks, digital audiobooks and digital magazines through Libby. Need some how-to instructions? Check out our page on how to get started with eBooks, eAudio and eMagazines.
    • Watch and read along with video storybooks paired with nonfiction ebooks through BookFlix.
    • Access online tutoring with Homework HelpNow.
    • Learn a new language, research the stock market, prepare for a test, or take an online class. See our full list of research databases for online learning resources for all ages.

Do you need access to a laptop or a Wi-Fi connection to use the library’s online services? With your library card, you can borrow technology for use at home or on the go. Learn more! Need a free library card? Apply online.

FAQs

Do you have questions about available services? Check out the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions, or call the library at 651-275-4338.

I have a question about my account, library materials or library resources. Is there anyone that can help me?
Library staff is available during library hours for assistance. Contact us by phone at 651-275-4338, email at splcirc@ci.stillwater.mn.us, or stop in. Feel free to leave a message anytime, and we will get back to you during our regularly scheduled hours.

Can I apply for a library card?
Apply for a library card in-person or online. Upon verification, you’ll get a library card number and pin to access library materials and resources.

What if my items are due? Is the book drop open when the library is closed?
Materials may be returned to the library’s exterior book drop when the library is closed to the public. The book drop is located just outside the parking ramp exit gate on the Third Street side of the library. Materials may also be returned to Washington County Library branches or Bayport Public Library. Materials may also be renewed online or by calling the library.

What is the status of programs, events and meetings at the library?
Some library programs will be offered in-person (with some outdoors). Other programs will be offered virtually. Check out our event calendar for a list of upcoming activities. Meeting rooms and study rooms are available for use. Learn more.

Is internet access available when the library is closed to the public?
The library has an outside Wi-Fi rest area. Connect to Wi-Fi on the library’s lawn and parking lot on Fourth Street. An initiative by Stillwater Public Library also provides internet access at home or on the go! Thanks to the generosity of the Stillwater Public Library Foundation, the library now loans Wi-Fi hotspots. These small mobile devices provide a wireless internet connection and are compatible with most laptops, tablets, and cell phones. The library also lends laptops loaded with Microsoft Office. Learn more!

What is the status of other libraries in Washington County?
Washington County Library branches and Bayport Public Library are open with varying hours. Check their websites for more specific information.