2/22/2021

Dear friends, 

I am delighted to share that the Jefferson County Library will be re-opening for limited in-library public access beginning Tuesday, March 2. Thank you to our Board of Trustees, staff, and the entire community for your support and patience–we look forward to welcoming you back in the Library and on the Bookmobile very soon! Our schedule will be:

Curbside Holds Pickup, phone/email reference“Grab and Go”
in-library service
Computer Access
(by reservation)
Bookmobile
Service
Tuesday – Saturday
10am – 5pm
Tuesday – Saturday
12pm – 5pm
Tuesday – Saturday
12pm – 4pm
Monday – Thursday
See Schedule

What does limited in-library public access look like? Think of us as a grocery store for your books, DVDs, audiobooks, etc., with the following guidelines in place:

  • Capacity limits in the Library (20 people) and on the Bookmobile (1 person, 2 if from the same household) to meet physical distancing requirements.
  • “Grab and Go” visits of 15 minutes or less. Pick up your holds, quickly browse the shelves, and check out using our self-check stations (staff support will be available).
  • Computer access: 30-minute sessions in the Library or check out a laptop for out-of-library use with longer sessions.

The health and safety of our staff and patrons remain our top priority:

  • Masks fully covering the nose and mouth are required for all patrons ages 5 and older entering the Library or Bookmobile. A mask will be provided to any person who requests one. Patrons who choose to not wear masks can make use of our Curbside Holds Pickup service.
  • Returned materials must still to be placed into outdoor book drops and go through a quarantine period–they may not be returned inside the Library or Bookmobile.

While we are excited to increase our public services, physical distancing and sanitizing requirements will not allow us to offer all previous library services. Services we will be unable to provide at this time include:

  • Meeting room reservations
  • Study areas (no seating/tables)
  • Newspapers and other items that cannot be sanitized
  • In-person reference services (please continue to call or email us)
  • In-person technology assistance
  • In-person programs

Remember:

  • Our website–jclibrary.info–is your portal to nearly 200,000 books, DVDs, CDs, eBooks, eAudiobooks, streaming videos, and more. Place holds and pick up physical items, or download digital items straight to your device.
  • Library staff can help you find your next favorite book or movie–just call us at 360-385-6544! You can also fill out the Personal Picks form.
  • We offer HomeLibrary delivery services for qualified patrons who are unable to pick up materials through curbside visits. For more information, please contact Mobile Services Manager Celeste Bennett or fill out the online HomeLibrary delivery form.
  • Our online programs are creative and diverse—storytimes, a virtual gingerbread house contest, trivia games, STEAM programs for kids, and more! Find all upcoming programs on our events calendar

Please watch our website at jclibrary.info or follow us on social media to get the latest updates about library services and programs. You can also reach library staff via phone or email, Tuesday-Saturday, 10-5, at: 360-385-6544 or information@jclibrary.info.

Stay safe and healthy, 

   
Dr. Tamara R. Meredith
Director, Jefferson County Library
tmeredith@jclibrary.info