You've checked out some books, movies, music, and audiobooks. You've had them at home for a month or more, and it's time to get them back. Before COVID, it was simple, you just drove up and put them in the bookdrop. 24 hours, 7 days, 360 days a year (closed a few holidays). Staff would be here to pull the bins and get things checked in by the end of the day. Simple!

But now... what to do? Returning your stuff has become an obstacle. We understand that. We have heard from many of you saying you want to return your stuff because you want others to be able to check it out! Other folks want to get things back because they don't want to get fines or fees. Still others just don't want to have stuff sitting around their homes or apartments, taking up space.

The time has come to be honest--things aren't going to "return to normal" anytime soon. In fact, things are getting MORE restrictive as we learn more about the virus. Recent COVID studies have shown that some library items needed to be quaratined for 4 days instead of 3! This means we cannot have the bookdrop open 2 days a week, we have to cut it down to 1 day a week.

Starting on Tuesday, August 4, drive-up bookdrops will only be open from 8am - 12pm on Tuesdays. Bookdrops are primarily for use of people who are not able to make it into the building to return items: seniors, at-risk patrons, patrons with mobility issues. We encourage everyone else to please stop in and return your items in our shiny new yellow return bins.

The new inside return bins are located inside the lobby and are accessible during Express Hours.

If you need to return items in the evening or after-hours, we are not able to offer this service at this time. What we are able to offer is: renewals, no fines, and partnerships with other Dane County libraries. To renew items that you are unable to renew in LINKcat, please call staff at 608-825-7323 or send the Circulation Department a message from our contact form. You may return Sun Prairie items to any library in Dane county, and many are able to offer after-hour bookdrop service (Columbus, Deforest, Waunakee, and Madison Central are among the closest).

Our drive-through bookdrop is one of a kind in Dane County. It has served us very well for 20 years, but when unforseen things like COVID happen, we have to make changes. Our building design makes this a real challenge, but we do hope to offer after-hours returns again in the coming months. Watch our website and social media for announcements.

Thank you for your continued patience!

Sun Prairie Public Library