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There was an unfortunate situation in the Portage Public Library Sept. 6 that occurred where a patron remained after closing.

We are taking this very seriously, and are cognizant of the way a mistake like this can make the community feel. We want to assure everyone that patron and staff safety is our highest priority, and we are doing all we can to ensure this never happens again.

Please feel free to reach out to our Library Director Emily Goad with any questions or concerns. You can reach Emily by e-mail at, or by phone at 608-742-4959 Ext. 209. We deeply appreciate your support and understanding.

Chris Baker, on behalf of Portage Public Library Management