Library Services COVID-19 FAQ

Changes with Phase III Beginning Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Library Press Release (PDF)  State DHM Phase III Changes (PDF)

Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday CLOSED
Book Drop Open 24 x 7

All persons entering the facility will be asked for their name for building capacity purposes and required to use hand sanitizer at the door.

Use of Hand Sanitizer: All public visitors are required to use hand sanitizer upon entering the building. Hand Sanitizer usage is for the safety of all citizens to limit contamination of library materials by the virus. Mask usage and other Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is encouraged, not required.

Per Visit Time Limits: Anyone is allowed to remain in the facility for a maximum of 60 minutes. Keeping interactions short helps to minimize exposure and allows others into the facility when capacities are being capped.

Social Distancing: We have made an effort to space out tables and chairs to observe the 6 foot social distance guideline throughout the facility. Please refrain from sitting with groups larger than six (6) persons. We encourage and recommend that social distancing be observed whenever and wherever possible.

Open to All Ages: Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Infants and toddlers are expected to remain in a carrier or stroller or physically carried by an adult.

Returning Materials: All materials must be returned through the book drop on the outside of the building. We quarantine all returned materials for three (3) days; and to avoid unnecessary contamination, donations and returns are not allowed into the building except through book drop and quarantine procedures. If you have a large (more than a box of items) donation you wish to give to the library, please contact Kaycee Anderson at 308-535-8036 x3330 to arrange a drop off of donated material that can be directly quarantined in the garage.

Drinking Fountain: The drinking fountain is not available due to hygiene and sanitation concerns.

Restrooms: Are open and cleaned one (1) time per day by a contracted custodial service. Use at your own risk and discretion. We recommend refraining from public restroom usage unless it is an urgent situation.

Building Capacity: Maximum of 50 people (excluding library staff) allowed in the facility at any time.

2nd Floor Access: The 2nd Floor including computers, library services, and collections are accessible to the public. Social distancing for computer usage has been implemented including but not limited to removing middle computers from service and limiting computer assistance support. Public catalog only computers return to the 1st floor, catalogs return to the Jr Room, however to help with social distancing, the kids quad computers in the Jr Room will remain inaccessible and one (1) of the catalogs will move to this quad computer area. There will be no “gaming” computers in the Jr Room until further notice.

Creation Station: The Creation Station will be open limited hours by appointment only. Restrictions include only one (1) person or one (1) adult plus one (1) minor in the room at any time, excludes library staff. Please call 308-535-8036 x3320 to make an appointment.

Group Programming / Meeting: All requests are being handled on a case by case basis and should be directed to the Library Director. We need to make sure we can accommodate group capacities while maintaining social distancing and gathering guidelines. Contact Cecelia Lawrence, Library Director at 308-535-8036 x3321 or library@ci.north-platte.ne.us for group activity requests and information.

Teen Programming: Teens Explore will be held July 9, July 16, and July 23 at 4:00 pm with a maximum of twenty-four (24) participants and one (1) library staff member.

Staff PPE Changes: All Library Staff are encouraged but no longer required to wear PPE (masks, face shields, gloves, etc.) when working with the public as their comfort level dictates. Public may request any staff member to use PPE or find another staff member who is wearing PPE to assist or interact with at any time.

Magazines and Newspapers: The magazines and newspapers are returning to the 1st floor to be available for public to read inside the facility or checked out from the 2nd floor. This is based on early findings of the Reopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums (REALM) Project at https://www.webjunction.org/explore-topics/COVID-19-research-project.html

The North Platte Public Library reserves the right to modify (stricter or loosen) these provisions of service based on Health Care Directives from the 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.

Previous Press Releases:

Phase II Changes Beginning Monday, June 1, 2020 (PDF)

North Platte Public Library Reopens to Public on Monday, May 11, 2020 (PDF)

Library Book Drop to Open Thursday, April 9, 2020 (PDF)

North Platte Public Library Closes Until Further Notice on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 (PDF)