Library Updates COVID Policies

Full details of changes and current COVID policies at the Library are available on the Library COVID FAQ page.

Library Press Release November 13, 2020 (PDF)

Notable Changes Effective November 16, 2020:

  • Building Capacity is now 25%, not counting library staff. The Library is open to all ages.
  • Meeting Room Capacity is 25% or 19 people. All meeting scheduling must be made through the Library Director at (308) 535-8036 x3321.
  • All in-person Library programming has been cancelled through December 31, 2020. Please consider watching our virtual children’s programming on
  • The Creation Station (makerspace) is open, for training/certification and open build, by appointment only. Creation Station room capacity is three (3) people plus staff. Hours may be limited due to staff scheduling. All persons in the Creation Station must be masked. Please call 308-535-8036 x3320 to make an appointment for Creation Station use.

All other precautions and restrictions will continue:

  • Required hand sanitizer use or immediate washing of hands with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds upon entry
  • Maximum time in the building is 2 hours per person, with a daily limit of 60 minutes on public computers, unless cleared for additional time through communication with library staff. Please bring the sanitization card to the appropriate library staff upon ending your session so we can sanitize the station before the next user.
  • Staff are required to wear masks in public areas and when assisting customers. Public are encouraged to wear masks. Social Distancing should be observed whenever and where ever possible.
  • All returned materials and donations must be placed in the Book Drop or arranged for garage drop off (if over 30 items) and all returns and donations are required to go through a minimum 72 hour quarantine process. A 168 hour (7 day) grace period is in place on overdue fines to account for the quarantine period. Please place items in the book drop by the due date to avoid late fees.
  • The drinking fountain and public phone are not available due to hygiene and sanitation concerns. Restrooms are open and cleaned only 1 time per day by custodial staff. Use at your own risk and discretion.

The North Platte Public Library reserves the right to modify (stricter or loosen) these provisions of service based on Health Care Directives from the State of Nebraska, West Central District Health Department, and/or City of North Platte Administration. You are using the library at your own risk. The North Platte Public Library is not responsible if you contract coronavirus or any other communicable disease. We are taking all precautions to protect our staff and our patrons.

Library Press Release October 1, 2020 (PDF)

For more details and full information, please visit the Library COVID Services FAQ at

Notable changes include:

  • No longer required to check-in with staff during each visit, however hand sanitizer use or 20 second hand washing continues to be required for entry
  • Teens Explore and Story Time in-person programming resumes (Wee Read is remaining online via the Library Facebook page at this time)
  • Creation Station training and certification resume by appointment only, call 308-535-8036 x 3320


The North Platte Public Library will be dropping age requirements and reopening the 2nd floor beginning Wednesday, July 1, 2020. Please read full details and the press release.

The North Platte Public Library will be re-opening for restricted services on Monday, May 11, 2020 at 8:00 am.

Operational hours until further notice will be:

  • Monday through Friday from 8:00 – 9:00 am – reserved for vulnerable population access
  • Monday through Friday from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm – access open to anyone 14 years and older
  • Saturday and Sunday – the Library will remain closed
  • Book drop access for returns will be open 24 x 7 starting Monday, May 11, 2020 at 7:00 am until further notice.

All social distancing practices should be followed.

Please see our frequently asked questions page at for in depth details about other restrictions.

Library Re-Open Press Release (PDF)

While the North Platte Public Library remains closed to walk-in traffic and public usage, the Library will be re-opening its Book Drop beginning 8:00 AM Thursday, April 9, 2020. Yesterday, the Library received permission from the West Central District Health Department, Jim Hawks, City Administrator and Mayor Dwight Livingston to begin accepting library materials from those patrons who wish to return their items. Upon the return of these items, they will be put through a 72- hour quarantine process.

The Book Drop will only be open while library staff are in the building:
Monday-Friday 8AM-5PM, beginning on Thursday, April 9, 2020.

Other than during these newly established time periods, the book-drop will remain locked. It should be noted that this is opposite of normal business operations and that the library remains closed to the public until further notice.

If you are unable to return or choose not to for your own health and safety, please continue to hang on to them until this crisis has passed. Once the Coronavirus Situation has subsided and the North Platte Public Library reopens, please return library materials at that time. The library supports your decision to be safe and protect your health during this crisis. While library fines assessed prior to March 1, 2020 will remain on a library borrower’s account, NO ADDITIONAL FINES will be assessed from March 1, 2020 until after the Library reopens to the public for normal business. Library material due dates continue to be pushed into the future.

If you are sick—STAY HOME. For the health of library staff and the wellbeing of your family, wash your hands before returning library materials and wash your hands again when you return home. The book drop “handle” will be periodically wiped down throughout the day with a disinfectant.


RETURNED ITEMS MUST BE PLACED INSIDE THE LIBRARY’S BOOK DROP – located next to the Library’s front door.
Do NOT leave library materials outside the library.

Only one person should return library materials to the library at a time. WAIT IN YOUR CAR if another library patron is also returning items. IF you get out of your car to stand in line to return your materials—MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCING by standing behind the red painted line every 6’ on the pavement in order to maintain a safe distance from each other.

IF SOCIAL DISTANCING is not observed, the book drop will go back to a locked/closed status.

PDF Press Release

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Cecelia Lawrence, Library Director
North Platte Public Library
120 W 4th St
North Platte NE 69101
308-535-8036 X3321

Effective Date/Time: March 16, 2020 3:00 PM

With the recent global pandemic declaration by the World Health Organization and the President of the United States involving COVID-19, the North Platte Public Library intends to take realistic, responsible steps to ensure our continued ability to provide library service for the City of North Platte and Lincoln County. Public safety and the safety of our staff are our number one priority. At the direction of Library Director, Cecelia Lawrence, the following steps are to be implemented immediately to protect our workforce and the public, while ensuring continuity of operations during this impending crisis.

1. All public meeting room use is suspended until further notice. Meeting Room Reservations will not be taken for meeting rooms until after April 20, 2020.
2. All Library programming is suspended and will resume when deemed appropriate.
3. The Technology Learning Resource Center (computer center) will be closed at 3PM today (March 16, 2020) and resume hours when deemed appropriate.
4. The Creation Station Makerspace lab will be closed and will resume hours when deemed appropriate.
5. Stay home if you are sick. Practice regular hand washing and cleaning. Do not touch your face.

The North Platte Public Library will remain open to serve the needs of the public to the best of our ability and we will continue our online presence, including the online catalog and online databases, as well as access to Overdrive and RBdigital for eBooks and downloadable audio books.
Free wifi is accessible for those bringing in their own devices. We are monitoring this crisis closely and look forward to restoring normal operations.

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