COVID-19 INFORMATION

Library Hours:

Monday – Friday:  10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesday & Friday: 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. for high risk individuals
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

The library is currently open for holds pick up, materials checkout, materials return, and quick browsing.  Our Library Board of Trustees has passed a directive requiring all library users (including children) to wear a face mask while in the building.  If you are unwilling or unable to wear a mask, our staff is happy to deliver materials to your vehicle curbside. 

Four public computers are available for use on a first come first served basis.  Please limit your visit to no more than 30 minutes.  If you are in need of a longer time on the computers for things such as completing job applications, unemployment forms, or taking exams, call the library to reserve a study room for up to two hours.  There is limited seating.

Visitors with fever, shortness of breath, a cough, or other COVID-19 symptoms must refrain from using the library.

If you would like to renew your items, you can do so online or by calling the library.  Due to new research, we have reduced our quarantine time to 1 day for returned materials before they are checked in, so do not be alarmed if the item is still showing on your account after you have returned it.  The check-in is backdated and we are fine free.

Children’s programming continues on our YouTube channel.  Mother Goose videos are posted each Monday.  There are no toys or interactive panels at this time in the children’s section.  Please limit your visit to no more than 30 minutes and maintain social distancing with other patrons using the section.

The library has ten Wi-Fi hotspots available for checkout.  Call the library for more information. 

Other library services:

Do you need internet access?  Our wireless internet (Wi-Fi) is available and accessible from outside the building, including in your vehicle with your

own device, or check out a hotspot.

 

Here’s how curbside pickup works:

  • You may place holds on items either online or by calling the library at 883-8225. We are happy to recommend books and movies that are on our shelves.  Federal tax forms and booklets are also available as are legal forms from the Self-Help Law Center.
  • In most cases items will be available for pick up the day after they have been put on hold online or ordered by phone with library staff. Call the library when you arrive or to arrange a pick up time.
  • Please limit your held items to ten (10) items per library card per pick up for ease of delivery.  We are trying to keep the checkouts to no more than one bag of materials at a time.
  • We are encouraging those in the same household to place holds together with one pick up. Holds may be placed on individual cards.
  • When you arrive, you must remain in your vehicle. Unlock your trunk or a rear door if no one is in the back seat and be sure there is a space available for items to be placed easily by library staff.  We will prearrange this with you on the phone.
  • Library staff will bring the materials to your vehicle in a bag and place them in the area agreed to during our phone call scheduling your pickup.
  • A checkout slip will be tucked into one item listing due dates. You may renew items online or by phone.
  • Do not attempt to hand the library staff any items. They have been instructed not to accept anything.  Please put all returns in the book drop.

Home or mail delivery process for vulnerable patrons:

  • Home delivery will be offered to those patrons residing in the Polson city limits who are considered to be vulnerable and encouraged to remain at home. Mail delivery will be offered to those patrons who do not have a Polson post office box and live outside the Polson city limits but in the library district.
  • You may place holds on items either online or by calling the library at 883-8225. We are happy to recommend books and movies that are on our shelves.  We cannot mail Partner materials.  Only items belonging to our library are eligible for mail delivery.
  • Items will be available for delivery on a selected day of the week. The library will call you to arrange a delivery date and time.
  • You are only allowed one (1) delivery or shipment every two weeks and there is a limit of ten (10) items per library card per delivery and three (3) items per shipment per household.
  • We are encouraging those in the same household to place holds together with one delivery or shipment so as to be more economical for the library. Holds may be placed on individual cards.
  • When the library staff member arrives for delivery, please remain in your home.
  • Library staff will bring the materials in a bag to your doorstep and knock.
  • A checkout slip will be tucked into one item listing due dates. You may renew items online or by phone.
  • Do not attempt to hand the library staff any items. They have been instructed not to accept anything.
  • You are responsible for returning materials to the library.  If you are unable to do so, please contact the library for options.

We encourage you to wash your hands before and after handling library materials.  Please do not use harsh cleaners on books or allow pages to get wet.  Damage to items will be charged.  A lightly damp disinfecting wipe applied to the plastic case or jacket is fine, but please take care when doing so.  

Returning materials to the library:

You may place returned items into the library book drop.  We highly encourage you to sanitize your hands after opening the book drop and before reentering your vehicle.  If you use gloves or another disposable hand covering, please dispose of them in the garbage can by the building entrance.  Do not leave them on the book drop or drop them on the sidewalk or in the road. The book drop handle will be disinfected periodically throughout each weekday.  Only one person is allowed at the book drop at one time. Please remain in your vehicle or at least 6 feet away from any other people if you are waiting for the book drop.  You may also return items in the library on the table in the foyer.

Please do not return any items if you or anyone in your household is or has recently been sick.  We are more than happy to renew your items until you are able to return items safely.

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, especially if you are sick
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • The CDC now recommends wearing a face covering or mask when out in public in places where social distancing is difficult (library, grocery store, pharmacy)

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 just recently added CreativeBug and Kanopy. Try the Tutorials link through Niche Academy to learn about many other online resources accessible for free or with your library card.