In Person Service

Library Open for Express Service

During the pandemic, WCDPL embraced a “Slow and Steady Wins the Race” strategy for keeping library users and employees safe and healthy. 

Now, with protocols defined in consultation with the Wood County Health Department, WCDPL is open to the public. We remain guided by the “Slow and Steady Wins the Race” mindset. WCDPL’s reopening will be phased-in. We will continue to proceed with caution and with concern for the safety and health of library visitors and staff foremost in our minds.

Hours, occupancy, and visit durations will be limited and all visitors will be required to wear masks.

In-Person & Curbside Service Hours:

  • In-Person Service, Both Branches
    • Monday: 11 am - 7pm
    • Tuesday - Saturday: 11 am - 4 pm
    • Express Service: patrons are currently limited to one visit per day for 60 minutes.
    • NOTE: The first hour of each open day is reserved strictly for those aged 60 and older, and for anyone who is immunocompromised.
  • Curbside Service, Both Branches
    • Monday: 9 am - 7 pm
    • Tuesday - Saturday: 9 am - 5 pm
    • NOTE: Curbside Service Tuesday-Saturday extends until 5 pm, but the building closes to the public at 4 pm.

When will the Bookmobile resume operation?

  • The Bookmobile is off the road for the foreseeable future, since there is no way to observe safe social distancing or to wash hands.
  • Bookmobile patrons are asked to return any library materials borrowed to the nearest, convenient Wood County library.
  • If you are unable to return your items to a library book drop, call the Bookmobile Office at 419-352-5104 ext. 221 or email
  • Homebound and home delivery services are available within our service area.

What can I expect when visiting the library?

  • Face coverings or masks required.
    • Properly fitted face coverings or masks must be worn at all times by visitors (age 3 and older) while inside the buildings.
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  • Occupancy and time restrictions.
    • Occupancy limits are set at 25 percent of fire code capacity.
      • Bowling Green: 63 people, including staff.
      • Walbridge: 19 people, including staff.
    • Patrons are currently limited to one visit per day for 60 minutes.
    • Please respect the safety shields at our service desks; speak through the shields, and not around them.
  • Temporary Code of ConductThe following procedures for library patrons were defined in a Temporary Code of Conduct that was approved by the Board of Trustees:
    • Those who cannot, or will not, wear a mask can still receive WCDPL’s core services, i.e., borrowing materials and reference assistance. Materials may be borrowed through the library’s no-contact curbside pick-up. Reference assistance is available via telephone, email, webpage chat, or fax.
    • Groups or family units may not exceed more than 8 people.
    • All minors 14 and under must be under the direct supervision of an adult, 18 or older, at all times.
    • Social distancing (maintaining a distance of 6 feet from others) is required.
    • Loitering on library property will not be allowed at any time.

This Temporary Code of Conduct, which supplements WCDPL's Code of Conduct, follows as a downloadable pdf in the attachment at the bottom of this webpage.

Will we be able to play in the castle and Children’s Place?

  • Families are welcome to visit the library to browse the book stacks to find books to check out.
  • However, the best thing we can do right now for the safety of library staff, library patrons, our family, and your friends is to not congregate together for any significant period of time. The usual practice of the children’s area serving as a play and activity space is not possible at this time.
    • The castle is too small to allow for safe social distancing, and so the castle will remain closed.
    • All toys have been removed for the foreseeable future, and Children’s Place play areas are closed.

Are computers, printers, and Wi-Fi use available?

  • Computers
    • There are a limited number of computers for public use.
    • Usage is limited to 60 minutes per individual per day.
    • To maintain social distancing, the ability of staff to provide technical assistance is extremely limited for the foreseeable future, and is limited to basic questions through remote desktop assistance.
    • Hardware will be cleaned after each use.
  • Printers
    • Print and copy services are available on a self-serve basis.
    • Staff may not be available to help due social distancing measures.
    • Staff cannot make change; please plan on bringing coins and small bills (1s or 5s) for use in library printers.
  • Wi-Fi
    • The library’s free Wi-Fi is still available inside its buildings, and extends to a large portion of the parking lots

Will the library resume in-person programs?

  • At this time, due to occupancy limits and to observe social distancing protocols, WCDPL will continue to offer only virtual programming. In regard to any programs later in the year, we are using a “wait and see” approach.
  • For up-to-date information on programs, check out:

Where can I return books, movies, and anything else I have checked-out?

  • All returned materials must go through a 4-day quarantine. Thus, all returned items must be returned using the 24/7 exterior book returns at each building.

Why are the items I returned still showing as checked out to me?

  • WCDPL is practicing safe materials handling and quarantine practices, and your returned items will remain in quarantine for 4 days.
  • You will continue to see your items as checked-out while they are in quarantine.

May I reserve a meeting room or the Carter House?

Neither the Carter House nor library meeting rooms are available for public use for the foreseeable future. No reservations are being accepted at this time.

Are you accepting book donations?

Unfortunately, WCDPL is unable to accept any donations of books, DVDs, CDs, or other physical materials at this time due to lack of storage space.

Who can I contact with other questions?

  • Call us at (419) 352-5104 in Bowling Green and (419) 666-9900 in Walbridge
  • Email us at
  • Submit a question via the Contact Us webform,
  • Message us on our website using the chat sidebar feature
  • DM the library from our Facebook page
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