Alana Bernien, 2, has her face painted at the HPL Express open house in 2019 at the Janesville Mall. The site will reopen Tuesday with new safety protocols.


Hedberg Public Library will reopen with limited services beginning June 1, the city announced Friday.

The library’s Janesville Mall location will reopen Tuesday with regulations to protect people from COVID-19.

HPL Express at the mall, 2500 Milton Ave., will be open from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, according to a news release. Toys and interactive activities will not be available.

Returns will be accepted, but patrons will not be able to pick up materials placed on hold from the mall location.

Those visiting the mall location will be required to wear face masks, wash hands before entering and maintain 6 feet of distance between themselves and others. They are asked to pay fines and fees online and stay home if feeling sick.

The main library at 316 S. Main St. will reopen June 1 with similar safety rules, according to a news release.

The main library will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The number of patrons will be limited to 25% of capacity, which is 150.

High-traffic touch points will be cleaned hourly. Computer keyboards and other technology will be wiped down after each use, according to the announcement.

Staff will be required to wear masks while at work and in all common areas and to stay 6 feet away from patrons at all times.

A service desk will be available, but access to staff will be limited.

Items returned to the library will sit for 72 hours before being placed back into circulation.

Puzzles, games and other toys will not be available.

“Treat your visit to the library as you would a trip to the grocery store,” the release states. “As hard as it is, we are not encouraging collaboration, conversation or lingering in the library at this time.”

In order to quarantine materials, items will not be accepted through the automated return slot inside the library. Patrons should use the drop box on the south end of the library’s covered parking lot. The library’s remote drop boxes located throughout the community are still closed.