Library Services COVID-19 FAQ

October 1, 2020 Updates and Changes

Library Press Release October 1, 2020 (PDF)

Hours: Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 6:00 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.

*UPDATED* Normal Building Capacity: We are returning to normal building capacity.

*UPDATED* Meeting Room Occupancy is 75%: The meeting room fire code occupancy is 70 and we are allowed 75% capacity so the maximum number of people in the room will be 52.

*UPDATED* Required Hand Sanitizer Upon Entry: All persons visiting the library must use hand sanitizer upon entering or immediately proceed to a restroom to wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. This is for the safety of all citizens to limit contamination of library materials, computer keyboards, and other library surfaces.

*UPDATED* No Longer Required to “Check-In” with Staff: Although we are removing the COVID check-in station, we still require the use of hand sanitizer.

*UPDATED* Patron Time Limits: Patrons should plan on staying no longer than 2 hours in the facility during their daily visit. Patrons using public computers have a once per day maximum time limit of 60 minutes. Should patron’s need additional time, it is their responsibility to communicate that with staff in the Technology Learning Center (TLC) prior to time expiration.

*NEW* Some In-Person Programming Resumes with Modifications:

  • Teens Explore (Teens 12-18) returns weekly on Thursdays at 4:00 pm beginning October 1, 2020
  • Story Time (Children 3-5) returns weekly on Tuesdays at 10:30 am and 1:30 pm beginning October 13, 2020
  • Wee Read (Children Birth-3) will NOT be meeting in-person however we are resuming only weekly programming through the Library’s Facebook Page (https://fb.com/NorthPlattePL)
  • Brown Bag Luncheons for Adults are scheduled to return in 2021

*NEW* Creation Station (makerspace) is Open for Training and Certification by Appointment Only: Small group workshops may also be held. The room limit in the Creation Station has increased to 20% of capacity or five (5) persons including instructor. Temporary overage for staff support only is allowed. Please book Open Build and Training/Certification appointments and learn more about our modifications by calling the Library TLC at 308-535-8036 ext. 3320.

Staff PPE/Masking: All Library Staff are required to wear masks when working with the public or passing through or working in public areas of the facility; and may be further protected as their comfort level dictates.

*UPDATED* Public PPE/Masking: Masking is encouraged but not required for general library usage and program attendance. When social distancing is NOT an option and extended contact is required, such as Creation Station Training/Certification, we will be much more comfortable if everyone is masked and will request that during those enhanced exposure times.

Donations: We are taking donations of items however they must go through our material quarantine process. A donation of less than 30 items can be placed in the book drop. Large donations, more than 30 items, please call 308-535-8036 x3301 to speak to a staff member about arranging drop off near the east garage doors through the alley. Please do not leave items outside the building.

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 encouraged 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.

2nd Floor Access: The 2nd Floor including computers, library services, and collections are accessible to the public. Please note that due to social distancing guidelines, computer availability and technology assistance may be limited.

Book Drop and Quarantining Materials: ALL Returns Must Go Through the Book Drop We quarantine all donations and returned materials for a minimum of 72 hours. This is based on findings of the Reopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums (REALM) Project at https://oc.lc/realm-project. To avoid issues with overdue fees, we have implemented a grace period of seven (7) days after the due date where fees will not accrue to account for the quarantine time. Please return items on time to avoid late fees. Notices will continue to go out if items are overdue by seven (7) days, however no fines will generate for seven (7) days after a due date. Only open business days are counted in the 72 hour quarantine, though items may be returned any time 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.

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.

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.

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:

Library Press Release October 1, 2020 (PDF)

Library Press Release August 1, 2020 (PDF)

Phase III Library Changes Beginning July 1, 2020 (PDF)

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)