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 for curbside service only at the following times:

Monday: 9:00am – 5:00 pm

Tuesday: 9:00am – 5:00pm

Wednesday: 9:00am – 5:00pm

Thursday: 9:00am – 5:00pm

Friday: 9:00am – 5:00pm

Saturday: 9:00am – 1:00pm

Sunday: Closed

Curbside & Mailing Services

Curbside: As of November 30, 2020, the library is closed to the public. We are offering curbside service only. To use curbside service, call 573-769-2830 or email to place a hold. You can request specific items, or have library staff pick titles for you. You can also request a curbside bundle. Take a short quiz about your reading preferences and then let library staff pick a few items for you based on this quiz. You can fill out the quiz here

We are also currently offering curbside printing, copying, and faxing services. You can send files you need printed to Library staff will perform the service for you, and you can pick it up afterwards. There is a small fee for these services.

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

(Please note that as of November 30, 2020, the library is closed to the public. We are open for curbside pickup only.)

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.