Thomas-Wilhite Memorial Library

Operations during COVID-19 

Library receives CARE PPE Grant

  • The Library building is open to the public M-F 10 am -6pm and Saturday 9 am – noon.
  • Walk-up window service is available to anyone who prefers not to enter the building.
  • The first hour of daily operation is reserved for elderly or high-risk patrons.
  • Masks will be worn by librarians working the front counter, or anytime out in the stacks.
  • Everyone entering the building is encouraged to wear a mask and sanitize their hands upon entering and leaving the facility.
  • Only one individual or family group is permitted in each aisle or section at a time.
  • Family groups are asked to remain together and children cannot be left unattended for any amount of time.
  • Social distancing measures will be put in place with signage.
  • Only three public computers will be available at a time, limited to 1 hour sessions, one person per computer.
  • Hand sanitizer will be readily available to patrons and staff.
  • All public seating and children’s toys have been removed or will be restricted.
  • The drinking fountain is not available.
  • One restroom is available for public use and one is reserved for staff use.
  • Patrons are asked to keep library visits to 15 minutes or less for browsing.
  • The Genealogy Room is not available to the public. Staff will provide research assistance.
  • Staff will operate the copier.
  • Library returns will not be accepted at the window – they must go in the book drop.
  • All returned items are quarantined for 72 hours before being handled for check in and cleaning.
  • A plexiglass sneeze guard has been installed at the front desk.
  • Patrons will scan their own library materials with a hands free barcode scanner. A checkout receipt will be provided in lieu of librarians stamping books.

Mission Statement

The Perkins Public Library provides materials, information, technology and opportunities to enrich, empower, educate and entertain people of all ages and backgrounds.

Vision Statement

The Perkins Public Library is a vibrant institution that enriches life in the community by providing books and other materials for recreation and self-education, free access to technology, and educational programs that enable people to come together, share ideas and pursue lifelong learning. 

Drop Box

Located on the southeast corner of the library, there is a drive-up drop box that is available for returns 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

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Join us for the inaugural Friends of the Library Fundraising Gala & Silent Auction. This formal, 1920’s themed event includes a plated dinner, dessert, music and dancing at Meditations in Stillwater. All proceeds support the renovation of the future library building at 219 S. Main St.