The Coeur d’Alene Public Library will reopen to visitors on Monday, March 15 for browsing, item check out, computer access, printing, copying and faxing, and shopping at the Second Story Books bookstore. The library will be open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
It is anticipated that building capacity will be limited due to Governor Little’s current Stage 3 order on gatherings. To assist with this, the library is encouraging 30-minute visits to browse for and check out items. Computer access will be set to 1-hour time blocks. Patrons and staff are required to wear face masks that properly cover both nose and mouth and socially distance while in the building.
Curbside delivery of items to vehicles has been a popular service and it will continue to be offered during open hours. Patrons with medical conditions that prevent them from wearing a face mask, as well as those who do not wish to wear one, will be directed to curbside service, Chromebook borrowing, and digital access through the library’s website.
A temporary children’s area will be set up in a central location upstairs to make it easier for parents and caregivers to find books for themselves and their children within the 30-minute timeframe. The teen area will also be rearranged to maximize browsing. Reopening the downstairs spaces that include the children’s library and public meeting rooms will follow at a later stage.
Children’s, teen and adult programs will continue to be conducted virtually during live and recorded sessions. Check the library’s event schedule – cdalibrary.org/events/ – for more details. Select events, such as the Seed and Seedling Swap on Saturday, March 27, will be held outdoors.
“The sustained decrease in Covid-19 case numbers puts us in a position to open the doors to visitors,” said Library Director, Michael Priest. “We know that the community has greatly missed the opportunity to experience everything their library has to offer, as we have really missed seeing our patrons in the building. However, the need to remain vigilant means that we had to adopt a plan that balances access to the library with being responsible partners in community health. We will continue to monitor the situation and add more services as circumstances allow.” Until March 15, curbside delivery will remain the primary option for service. Patrons are able to place holds on materials in the Cooperative Information Network (CIN) catalog by visiting the library website – cdalibrary.org – and logging into their accounts. Patrons may also place holds by phone. Patrons will be notified by email, text, phone call, or postal mail when the materials are available to check out. Patrons who do not have cell phones are asked to call from home and let the staff know when they expect to arrive.