District’s libraries will resume limited service as next step in phased reopening
(FORT COLLINS, Colo.) – Poudre River Public Library District plans to reopen its three libraries for grab-and-go service on Monday, July 13. After a temporary four-month closure to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the library buildings will reopen with modified hours and services.
Since the closure in March, the District quickly pivoted to deliver critical services, programs, and resources to the public remotely including digital offerings, curbside pickup, and virtual storytimes. Staff continues to reimagine ways of providing critical services and meet the needs of our community during this time.
Grab-and-Go is the next step in a phased reopening plan that prioritizes the health and safety of staff, customers, and the community at-large. The libraries will operate under state and local health department guidelines.
Health and Safety Measures
Visitors to the libraries must:
• Wear face covering (mandatory for ages 2 and older, as per the City of Fort Collins order)
• Physically distance from staff and other customers
• Respect capacity limits inside the open locations
• Observe the 30-minute time limit for browsing and checkout
Visitors to the libraries will be able to:
• Check out books, DVDs, Gadgets & Things, and other materials
• Pick up and check out holds
• Search the online catalog
• Get a library card
• Get assistance from staff
• Return books outside
• Use our Curbside Pickup Service during curbside hours (all libraries)
• Use our Printing Request & Pickup Service (all libraries)
• Use the restrooms
Meeting and study rooms remain closed. All in-library programs and events have been suspended though the District continues virtual programs. There are no in-person computer or technology services at this time.
Modified Hours of Operation
“We know how important it is to reopen our physical locations and resume services,” says David Slivken, executive director, Poudre River Public Library District. “Public libraries have always been essential community hubs. As our families and neighbors face a public health crisis, economic uncertainty, and struggle for social justice, libraries are more critical than ever. We are working hard to reopen our spaces and resume services in a way that prioritizes the health and safety of our staff and customers and meets the needs of our community.”
Additional information about Library reopening, hours, services, and requirements is available online at PoudreLibraries.org or by calling the Answer Center at 970-221-6740.