Please be aware the library will adjust hours of operation if the weather becomes hazardous for travel. If USD 493 cancels classes due to the weather, the library will be closed as well. When in doubt, give us a call.
Tornado Policy (2014): The Library is not a designated Tornado shelter, if you are looking for a shelter please visit any of these locations in Columbus:
- Park Elementary School: 724 Garfield Street (Only available during non-school hours)
- First Christian Church: 128 W Elm
- Cherokee County Courthouse: 110 W Maple
- Columbus Community Building: 300 W Maple
In the event of severe storms at the library —
Tornado Watch: Patrons may continue to use the library but be cautious of the weather, especially kids.
Tornado Warning: Patrons will be informed of the warning and the library will prepare for immediate threat.
Tornado Sirens: If a warning is followed by a siren or sirens sound before a warning, patrons must either leave the property to take shelter or may follow staff downstairs to our designated safety area. Staff will check property and once everyone is in the proper area, the library doors will be shut and locked.