The Coeur d’Alene Public Library will discontinue curbside service for patrons picking up holds effective Friday, March 20, at the end of the day.
Library Director Bette Ammon said the popular service was at risk of becoming an attractive nuisance encouraging people to congregate in front of the library.
“The Panhandle Health District is advising people to not to leave their homes unnecessarily and the library does not want to provide and excuse to do so.”
In line with this decision, Ammon said, patrons are asked to hold on to books and other items they have checked out until the health district determines it is safe for people to again meet in groups.
The library will still have staff available to answer phones and respond to reference questions 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. The library also offers a variety of online resources at its website: www.cdalibrary.org.
Patrons are also encouraged to follow the library on Facebook where Children’s Librarian Mandi Harris is doing online story times. The collection of her videos can be viewed at the YouTube channel for the City of Coeur d’Alene.