Library closed due to COVID19

Current Updates

North Lake County Public Library is CLOSED until further notice 

March 28, 2020 – Read the complete update letter: COVID-19 2020.03.28 Update

Per the Governor’s Stay at Home directive, the library will continue to be closed.  It has been a hard two weeks for the staff of the library – we truly miss seeing all of you and helping you with your book and movie checkouts, and more. While we may not be able to put physical books in your hands during this closure, we still want to stay connected and provide services that are beneficial to you during this time. 

Heather is available for tech help over the phone or through email Monday – Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can get in touch with her by leaving a voicemail at the library (883-8225) or send her an email at nlcplibrarytechhelp@gmail.com. You can always leave voicemails for the rest of us too or send an email to polsoncl@polson.lib.mt.us – we’d love to answer questions or help in any way that we are able!

Starting the week of March 30th, we will launch our Digital Outreach services. We may not be able to see you, but you will start to see us. We have some fun programming ideas we would like to share. If you have programs, tutorials, tech classes, book clubs or anything else you would like to see us do, please let us know! We are here to provide whatever services we are able during this time.

At this time, we have cancelled all library programs and physical outreach services, including use of the library meeting rooms.  Unfortunately we do not have a date when we will be able to resume, but we will let you know as soon as that can happen.

Any items you currently have checked out, including Interlibrary Loan items, are not due until April 30, 2020.  You do not need to contact us to renew them.  We may be extending this date and will let you know if that happens.  Any items that are sitting on our holds shelf will stay put and you will have an opportunity to check those out once we reopen. During this time our outside book drop is not available, so please just keep any items you have checked out at home.  We will let you know when they can be returned.  You will not accrue any late fees during this time.

We also are not able to accept any donations of books, movies, magazines or puzzles right now.  Please hold onto them and once we can accept those items again we will post that information.

We will keep you informed regularly via our website and Facebook page to let you know what is happening at the library and thank you all for your continued patience and understanding during this unprecedented time.  Stay home, stay healthy, stay connected.

We are here to provide you with accurate, current information and encourage you to visit the following websites:

Account & Hold Update

For the time being, you will notice that you can only place holds on items from our library. The Partners met and agreed to suspend item sharing during this time because most libraries in the group are closed. You can still create lists on your online account or just use paper and enter later.  Click on My Lists and use the notebook icon with the plus (+) sign to create a new list.  Don’t use temporary as that will disappear after the web page is closed.  At the top of the screen next to the house icon, click the drop down and choose “Everything”.  Enter the item(s) you are searching for.  You will see items for all libraries in the Montana Shared Catalog – look for those items available from Partners libraries so you can place holds in the future.  Click the small box under the number in the list for the item you want, then click on the “Select an Action” drop down and choose “Add to My Lists.”  Choose your list and click “Add”.  Once Partner sharing has been turned back on, go into your lists and place holds as you would like them.

We are very sorry that you aren’t able to place holds as usual. Your existing holds are safe in your account. 

All items are now due APRIL 30, 2020, automatically. No overdue fees are accruing.

We appreciate your patience during this time. Please do not hesitate to call, email or Facebook message us with questions.

COVID-19 Prevention

The best way to prevent infection from COVID-19 and any respiratory virus is to avoid being exposed to the virus. The same preventative measures that are recommended during cold and flu season will also help to protect against coronavirus:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly and often for at least 20 seconds using soap and water
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Cover your cough/sneeze with a tissue (or your elbow)
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
If you have recently traveled from an affected area and are not feeling well, please call the Lake County Health Department at 883-7288 or call your doctor’s office.  

Digital Library Resources

We offer many online resources for your entertainment and information needs.  You will find links to all of our resources on our website’s Digital Resources page.  Montana Library2Go has eBooks and audiobooks, Flipster has digital magazines, and Freegal has millions of songs. We also have a trial of Rosetta Stone active through May – what a great time to learn a foreign language!  Try the Tutorials link through Niche Academy to learn about many other online resources accessible for free or with your library card.