Update December 11, 2020;
Given the critically high COVID-19 case activity across Wisconsin and in Ashland and Bayfield Counties, the Vaughn Library is reducing open to the public hours beginning November 30 through Jan 17. This will be revisited as our community numbers improve. Curbside is always available for all VPL services.

New WALK IN hours are Monday – Saturday 9:00 AM –12:00 PM.

CURBSIDE service for materials pick-up, fax, copy/print and “ask a librarian” will be in effect Monday – Friday 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM and Saturday 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM.  

Please limit your visit to 30 minutes or less, masks always necessary. The computers are available during the open hours on a first come basis and time is limited to 30 minutes. No meeting room use at this time. Many of the library’s services can be managed through curbside. Please call ahead to talk to a librarian 715-682-7060 or email figure out what you need and when it will be ready, then stop by & give us a call when you’re out front.

Curbed, Not Closed! We can send a fax, make a copy, deliver a print-out from your phone/tablet. Just ask. If you like to browse but can’t make it for walk in hours, the librarians are more than happy to select books/movies/magazines/audiobooks for you. Yes! Placing holds and borrowing through our library network is still available. 

Thank you for helping to keep our community safe.

Update September 21, 2020; 
Dear Library Community     

Thank you for your ongoing support of the library and the services we provide.  Our maintenance staff has thoroughly cleaned the public and private areas of the building as well as changed air filters.  We are confident our cleaning, quarantining and health and safety measures are effective in keeping all safe as we return to "normal."  The best way to eliminate community spread is to wear a mask, keep at least six feet between you and others and wash your hands frequently.  We have curbside available during all open hours.  Please give us a call, if you would like to use this service 715-682-7060.  

Thank you!  

Library Pandemic Policy

September 15, 2020;

A library employee has tested positive for COVID-19.  The employee was in the building from Sept 8 – 10 without symptoms, but most likely positive at that time.  

The employee began self-quarantine on September 11 and will only return to work after the recommended quarantine period. 

The Wisconsin Department of Health and CDC describe exposure as within six feet for 15 minutes or more.  Because of the precautions of masks, social distancing, hand washing and continuous cleaning, the library administration is confident the public was not exposed to COVID-19. 

We are committed to the health and safety of our employees and library patrons.  The library will close until Monday September 21 to thoroughly clean and allow time for employee testing. 

If you have questions or concerns, please contact the library director, Sarah Adams.

Thank you

Sarah Adams

These hours will go back into effect on Monday Sept 21. The Vaughn Library is open to the public with the following adjustments to service.  Mon – Fri 9 am – 10 am open for elders and those at medical risk.  10 – 6 pm open to the public. Curbside service is available during all open hours.  Saturday open from 9 -2 for both curbside and inside service.  Please call if you have questions 715-682-7060  The 2nd floor meeting space & computer lab remain closed at this time. 

Masks are required for your health and your neighbor's health with the exceptions of those who have a medical condition that prevents them from wearing a mask and kids under five years old. Thanks to a donation we have masks for you to use.  If you cannot or will not wear a mask, please use the curbside service for library materials.  Please contact the library director, Sarah Adams, if you have questions about masks.  715-685-1668.  See Governor Tony Ever's Executive Order #82 about masks in Wisconsin, effective Aug 1, 2020.  

VPL Curbside Information

Curbside Hours   Monday – Friday  9 pm to 6 pm  

Saturday 9 am to 2 pmdesignated spot 2

To use the curbside service please order items online, call for materials or email for materials before you come to the library. 

Contact by phone 715-682-7060, online or email

Park at a designated pickup spot #1 Bilbo or #2 Bill Nye then call to let a librarian know you have arrived.  Wait in your vehicle for a librarian to come out with your materials, it might be a few minutes.  Thank you!

Ways to Order Materials

  1. Type in author, title or keyword into the search bar on the homepage (upper right)
  2. Call the library to request materials   715-682-7060             Mon – Fri 9 – 6 pm, Sat 9 - 2 pm
  3. Email the library to request materials

Returns can be made to the outside or lobby book drop only  Returns are quarantined for 72 hours. 

Due dates are extended and there will be no fines

Exercise your own judgement on whether to quarantine library items when you return home.  Please know the Vaughn Library is following CDC recommendations for sanitization and quarantine timelines

Updates will be posted here and on the VPL fb page.  

City of Ashland Public Buildings Policy May 15

What Can You Do?

Wash your hands throughly and often, stay home with a good book if you are experiencing any signs or symptoms and be social at a distance.  Remember you can access digital materials using your library card through MERLIN & LIBBY

What is the VPL doing?

Our goal is to keep library staff and patrons safe from communicable disease and to mitigate the occurrences of unnecessary exposure and spread of infectious disease. 

Returned items and items on hold are quarantined for four days.  No fines will be issued during the quarantine period. 

Meeting room use and programming is cancelled until further notice.  

Please practice kindness and common sense during this time of uncertainty. 

Thank you