Covid-19 Policies and Procedures

Covid-19 Policies and Procedures

In response to Covid-19, the library has made several changes to keep our patrons and staff safe. You can find a guide to these changes below.


The library has adjusted hours in response to Covid-19. We are open to the public at the following times:

Monday: 9:00am – 5:00 pm

Tuesday: 9:00am – 6:00pm

Wednesday: 9:00am – 5:00pm

Thursday: 9:00am – 6:00pm

Friday: 9:00am – 5:00pm

Saturday: 9:00am – 1:00pm

Sunday: Closed

Curbside & Mailing Services

For those who would prefer not to enter the library at this time, we offer curbside pickup and mailing services.

Curbside: Simply call the library with either specific titles you would like or ask a librarian to pick books for you (i.e. 2 thrillers, 3 historical fiction books, etc.). When you arrive to pick up your items, call the library. A staff member will bring your items to you.

Mailing: The Marion County Library is able to mail a limited amount of books to homes of patrons not comfortable venturing out. For more information, please call the library (573-769-2830).

Fines, Fees, & Donations

All late fines and fees are being waived at this time. If you receive a late notice or a fine, please disregard this notice.

The library is currently not accepting donations of any materials.

Safety Procedures

We have several new procedures in place to keep our patrons safe. Our library is open to the public. However, patrons will be asked to use hand sanitizer before browsing and will be strongly encouraged to use a mask or face covering.

Our public computers are available for use, but use is limited to one hour. Computer areas will be disinfected after each use.

To encourage contactless check out, we have created a “self-checkout” system. Patrons will scan their own books when checking out.

All returned materials MUST be placed in the outside drop box (excepting electronic items such as iPads and Hotspots). Returned materials are quarantined for 72 hours before getting disinfected and re-shelved.

Library staff will wear masks while working, and regularly disinfect the library.


Currently, all in-person library programs are suspended until further notice. This includes Story Time, Pizza & Pages, and Book Talk. All of these events have substituted with virtual meetings. You can call the library to get more information on these events.