JUNE 2020
Libraries to reopen to visitors June 8
We are excited to tell you that the library will be reopening Monday, June 8, with limited services and occupancy.

More information can be found below. Read the original announcement here.

Thank you so much for your kind words and patience as we live through and recover from the COVID-19 situation. We hope that you and your families are well. We have missed seeing you terribly and can’t wait to see and help you again!


The library will reopen with limited services and occupancy on Monday, June 8.
Things are different!
·           We are implementing rules and procedures following requirements of Mesa County Public Health.
·           Please be aware that these procedures may need to evolve quickly. Updates will be posted on our home page .
·           All locations will operate on modified hours as we reopen. Please note the new hours for each library location here .

·           Until at least July 1, we are asking users to plan for brief visits.
·           We will not enforce time limits right now, but as we have visitors waiting to enter, we may ask users who have been in the library longer to complete their visit.
·           Computer users will be limited to one 60-minute session per day.
·           Lounging-type furniture and children’s toys and games have been removed from the library.

Entering and exiting the library
·           The number of visitors in the Central Library will be limited.
·           Please be prepared for wait times to enter the library.
·           Please enter at the West door (the Fifth Street side) and exit at the East door (the Sixth Street side).
·           All other doors will be inaccessible, except in case of emergency.
·           Families are strongly urged to limit the number of members entering the building so that we can allow more households to access the library at once.

·           To protect you, staff will be masked at all times when outside of their offices.
·           Please protect us and your fellow library users by wearing a mask.
·           Separation of six feet from non-household members must be maintained.
·           Increased cleaning by staff is in effect; cleaning frequency will be posted on frequently used equipment and spaces.
·           All service desks will have “sneeze guards.”

Books and Materials
·           Curbside pick-up will continue for those who are not yet ready to enter the library.
·           Catalog computers are available to look up books.
·           Patrons may browse the shelves with one person/family in an aisle at a time.
·           Patrons are encouraged to use the self-check kiosks or may check out by holding up cards and books to a stationary wand at the Checkout Desk.

What’s available?
·          Public computers / Chromebooks and printing
·          Browsing the collection and checkout
·          Copying
·          Wifi
·          Limited tables and chairs for studying and work
·          Limited staff assistance
·          Branches are open with the same limits
Additional Services:
·          Holds and assistance via the Call Center at 970-243-4442
·          eBooks and streaming video
·          eResources
·          Book-A-Librarian and tech help via computer or phone - call 970-243-4442
·          Online programs – on Facebook, Instagram and You Tube

What’s not available?
·          In-person events, programs, and classes
·          Study rooms and community rooms
·          Meeting up and hanging out
·          In-depth, in-person assistance
·          Volunteer opportunities
·          Toys and games in the play area
·          Most lounge seating
·          Digital conversion station
·          Magazine exchange
·          Book donations

What’s next?
·          We will gradually increase the occupancy limits.
·          Hours will be returned to normal on July 13.
·          There will be no in-person gathers (program/events) through July.
·          970West Studio reservations begin July 1.
Registration for Summer Reading is
in full swing!
Don’t miss the fun! Sign up today for  Summer Reading at Mesa County Libraries , and add the excitement of reading and fun family activities to your season.

Summer Reading at Mesa County Libraries is an  all-online  program this year, but we’ve spiced it up with real-world scavenger hunts, take-and-make activity kits, and a simplified way to keep track of your reading progress and activity completion. In addition, we have unique performers scheduled all summer long to keep you entertained and inspired.

Summer Reading is open to all ages, and there is no charge to participate!   Register online   or call our Summer Reading hotline at 970-683-2416.

Here is what library staff want to read
this summer
Looking to discover some new variety in your summer reading list?

Our dedicated staff here at Mesa County Libraries has compiled a list of more than 100 titles they’re excited to read during this upcoming summer season. These titles cover a wide diversity of genres and include picks for Youth, Teen, and Adult reading levels.


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