Library Services COVID-19 FAQ

Effective March 1, 2021 Updates and Changes

*NEW* Library Press Release for March 1, 2021 (PDF)

UPDATE 3/1/2021 The Library is continuing current procedures as
outlined by current DHM for period March 1, 2021 – March 31, 2021.

Hours: Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday CLOSED
Book Drop Open 24 x 7

Current Directed Health Measure (DHM), Dashboard, and other pertinent links
are available at https://www.ci.north-platte.ne.us/coronavirus/

*CONTINUED* Curbside Service: Curbside service remains available for no-contact library materials pickup. Go to the following link for more information and instructions: https://www.ci.north-platte.ne.us/73215/curbside-pickup-your-library/

*CONTINUED* Using the Library: Do not enter the library if you are sick, someone in your household is sick, or you are caregiving for a COVID positive person, or are in quarantine because you have had a direct contact exposure. All persons visiting the library are required to use hand sanitizer before entering the main area of the library. This is for the safety of all citizens to limit contamination of library materials, computer keyboards, and library surfaces from the Coronavirus. Per Governor Rickett’s recommendation, facemasks and social distancing of six feet or more is encouraged and recommended.

*UPDATED* Maximum Patron Time Limits in Facility: There is no longer a maximum time limit of two (2) hours in the library facility.

*CONTINUED* Building Capacity: The North Platte Public Library total building occupancy is 100% capacity.

*CONTINUED* Meeting Room Capacity: Although the current Health Directive Measure calls for 100% occupancy for gatherings, the Library’s meeting room occupancy will continue to be at 35% or 25 persons due to the size of the room and the difficulty trying to remain socially distanced in such a small room.

*CONTINUED* Creation Station Capacity: Although the current Health Directive Measure calls for 100% occupancy, the Library’s Creation Station (makerspace) occupancy remains limited to 20% or five (5) people. In addition, everyone in the Creation Station is required to wear a face mask because of the small size of the room and the difficulty to socially distance.

*CONTINUED* Vaccination Registration Assistance: Library staff are available to help eligible persons to sign up for the coronavirus vaccination. The vaccination shot is administered elsewhere, the library is providing registration assistance only.

*CONTINUED* 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.

*CONTINUED* Teens Explore programming in-person began in February on Thursdays at 4:00 – 5:00 pm.

*NEW* Story Time programming in-person begins in March on Tuesdays at 10:30 AM and 1:30 PM.

*UPDATED* The following programming remains cancelled through March 2021.

  • Wee Read: cancelled through February 28, 2021.
  • Creation Station Workshops: cancelled through February 28, 2021.
  • Brown Bag Luncheons for Adults are scheduled to return later 2021

*CONTINUED* Trout in the Classroom experience coming in January. The North Platte Public Library is excited to offer a new learning event for the people of North Platte. During this time of social distancing and unusual circumstances (pandemic), the North Platte Public Library plans to offer a “Trout in the Classroom” experience here at the Library. All ages are welcome to participate. If you have an interest in nature, biology, animals, conservation, art, writing or fishing, please consider signing up for our Trout Club! Nebraska Game and Parks, together with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game Aquatic Education Program have published and provided the format and content for this unique trout curriculum. When you register (January 4-8, 2021 at the Library), you will be given a journal that will be used throughout our time together studying trout. Young Adult Librarian, Shelly Deardoff and Interim Children’s Librarian, Chris Green, will be guiding and instructing students and the general public through the entire Trout in the Classroom Experience. January kicks off our experience when the rainbow trout eggs arrive. We look forward to sharing this experience. It will be fun, informative and hopefully instill a love and respect for our natural surroundings.

*CONINUED* AARP Tax Assistance:  The AARP Tax Assistance program will NOT be offered at the library January-April 2021 due to the reduction in Library hours (no Saturday hours) and the inability to provide socially distanced waiting areas.

*CONTINUED* 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.

*CONTINUED* 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 close contact and enhanced exposure times.

*CONTINUED* 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. Face masks and/or face shields are strongly recommended.

*CONTINUED* 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.

*CONTINUED* 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.

*CONTINUED* 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.

*CONTINUED* 2nd Floor Access: The second floor library collections and services, including Computer Services, are available. Please note that due to social distancing guidelines, computer availability and technology assistance is limited.

*CONTINUED* Public Computer Access: The Library has an open hotspot available personal device access to the Internet.  Computer access is limited to 60 minutes per day unless other arrangements have been made with Library staff. The building time limits will supersede any computer usage, please plan accordingly. Due to social distancing guidelines, computer availability and technology assistance is limited. Please bring the sanitization card to the appropriate library staff upon ending your session so we can sanitize the station before the next user.

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

*CONTINUED* 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.

*CONTINUED* Public Phone: The public phone is no longer available. Please make arrangements for phone calls elsewhere. Library phones may only be used by staff.

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.

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