COVID-19 Updates

The Library is OPEN with window service and altered hours.

Updated December 28, 2020

Vaccines are being distributed but infection numbers remain high and there is strong chance January will have another spike in cases after Christmas and New Year holidays. The Library will remain closed while Jefferson County’s case rate’s remain high. I’ve been tracking case activity numbers off Wisconsin’s Department of Health Services website. The website lists a rolling two-case rate.  Website definition of case rate is:

HERC regions and counties are classified as critically high, very high, high, medium, or low activity levels for disease spread by combining the case burden and trajectory indicators. Burden (case rate) and trajectory (change in cases) indicators are based on confirmed COVID-19 cases. The COVID-19 activity level charts burden and trajectory indicators based on whether the burden status is low, moderate, moderately high, high, very high, or critically high and whether trajectory status is significantly shrinking, growing, or has no statistically significant change.

12/9 to 12/22 = 604.7 Very High
12/2 to 12/15 = 799.5 Very High
11/25 – 12/8 = 905.8 Very High
11/18 – 12/1 = 1,062.9 Critically High
11/11 – 11/24 = 1,455 Critically High
11/4 – 11/17 = 1,511 Critically High
10/28 – 11/10 = 1,254.2 Critically High
10/21 – 11/3 = 1,051.1
10/14 – 10/27 = 847.9
10/7-10/20 = 758.2
9/30 – 10/13 = 631.9 Very High
9/23-10/6 = 514.9 Very High
9/16 – 9/29 = 474.8 Very High
9/9 – 9/22 = 320.0 High
9/2 – 9/15 = 213.8 High
8/26 – 9/8 = 192.5 High
8/19 – 9/1 = 217.3 High
8/12 – 8/25 = 220.8 High

Updated November 24, 2020

The library has been scaled back to window-only service since October 5. Yes, this stinks. We want to provide everyone library access but COVID-19 continues to spread, to cause hospitalizations, and to kill.

Updated August 24, 2020

The library had to shut done from August 19 through August 22 due to a positive COVID-19 test. Our re-opening plan is for a 72 hour closure. We stayed closed on Saturday for staff to catch up on several days worth of returns.

UPDATED 4/20/2020 1.45 PM.

  • The recent update to the Governor’s shelter-at-home order allows public libraries to begin curbside service on April 24. Library administration and staff are planning and discussing on when and how we can safely and efficiently begin this service.
  • Due dates for all library materials have been extended to June 1st.

UPDATED 3/18/2020 10.38 AM.

Lake Mills COVID-19 Actions



UPDATE: November 24, 2020. The library will be limited to window-only service until the case load in Jefferson County drops to the “High” category as determined by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services at

UPDATE: March 23, 2:58PM. STAY HOME. Use the digital library. Read some magazines on Flipster. Play your favorite new song on YouTube.

UPDATE: March 17, 3:44pm. Customers can still place holds online but we are unable to pull those items and make them available for pick-up. Some libraries are offering curbside pick-up but we are unable to do so right now. All currently checked out items have had due dates extended to May 1.

UPDATE: March 16, 8:57AM: Don’t worry about fines. Keep your library items. Due dates for all items are being adjusted.

At this time (5:11PM on March 15, 2020) the library is closed and all library events and programs are cancelled. The Library Board meeting scheduled for March 16 is cancelled.

Please follow the CDC guidelines that may apply to your health conditions and if you are at higher risk.

The library is following the advice and recommendations of the Jefferson County Health Service, the CDC, and the State of Wisconsin. We will announce any closures as soon as possible on the website and our Facebook page.