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Libraries reopen with safety measures

 

Last updated 11/4/2020 at 9:10am



The Grand Coulee Public Library is open for more than curbside service now, the NCW Libraries system announced. The library opened with limited hours and some restrictions as of Tuesday.

Members of the public can reserve time on a computer, browse the shelves, or read the latest magazines and newspapers. Masking and social distancing will be required per the governor’s orders and visitors will be asked to keep visits to 30 minutes or less.

“We are thrilled to be able to serve our patrons in the library again,” Executive Director Barbara Walters said. “While we’ve seen many people utilizing our Curbside Pickup services and our Mail Order Library, we know that for many of our patrons there is a great need to come in and access additional services.”

Computer stations and furniture will be limited to encourage short visits and accommodate social distancing. Library capacity will also be limited in accordance with the state’s Safe Start guidelines.

Branches will have masks and hand sanitizer available.

To check out each branch’s open hours and curbside hours, visit http://www.ncwlibraries.org/locations or call 1-800-426-READ (7323).

On that site, the Grand Coulee library lists house of 3-6:30 p.m on Tuesdays and Thursdays; 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays; closed on Sunday and Monday.

The library system, which operates 30 branches throughout Chelan, Douglas, Grant, Ferry and Okanogan Counties, is joining public libraries across the state in welcoming customers back into the building in response to updated guidance issued by the state in October.

NCW Libraries closed all 30 branches in late March, but began offering curbside pickup services in Grant, Okanogan and Ferry Counties in August. Chelan and Douglas County branches began offering curbside services in September.

All branches will continue to offer hours for curbside pickup services for those customers who prefer to reserve their materials online and pick them up at the door. In addition, the branches began offering open hours on Nov. 2.

 

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