Library update


May 29, 2020

Beginning Monday, June 1st the library will reopen for holds pick up, materials checkout, materials return, and quick browsing.  Two public computers will be available for use on a first come first served basis.  Please limit your visit to no more than 30 minutes.  There will be no seating available except at a computer.  Curbside pickup will continue to be available.

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

Our Library Board of Trustees has passed a directive requiring all library users (including children) to wear a face mask while in the building, in the interest of public health.  The library will not have masks available, you must bring your own.  If you are unwilling or unable to wear a mask, our staff will be happy to deliver materials to your vehicle curbside.  Our goal is that when we open we are able to remain open, and if everyone wears masks then we greatly reduce the risk of spreading the coronavirus and we help protect each other.

The library building will be open limited hours so as to allow our staff time to clean, sanitize, and shelve materials.  The library building will be open Monday – Friday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.  For those individuals who are considered to be vulnerable to this virus as defined in the Governor’s Directive (over 65 years of age, people with serious underlying health conditions, people whose immune system is compromised) the library will be open 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays for their wellbeing.  Curbside pickup is available for everyone from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Friday.

Due to the configuration of our building, in order for the staff to monitor access, the library doors will remain locked.  When you arrive, please push the doorbell and a staff member will be down to let you in the building.  You must have a face mask on before entry.  Any items you would like to return may be placed in the book drop or on the designated table in the library foyer.  If you would like to use a computer, please check in at the front desk.  The restrooms will be closed.  Furniture and toys have been removed from the children’s department.  The atrium (sun room) is unavailable for seating.  Our library programs and use of our library meeting room by outside groups is on hold for now.

Please read and follow signs placed throughout the library.  Markings are placed on the floor to encourage everyone to practice social distancing of 6-feet or more.  The library staff will clean and disinfect high touch areas throughout the day.  Hand sanitizer is available throughout the library for patron use.

Patrons are strongly encouraged to bring their library card with them into the library in order to use the self-checkout station.

For items currently checked out, the due date is June 10th (or later if checked out after May 13th).  If you would like to renew your items, you can do so online or by calling the library.  Materials are being quarantined for 72 hours before being checked in, so do not be alarmed if the item is still showing on your account.  The check-in is backdated and you will not be charged any late fees.

Our staff is excited to welcome everyone back into the library.  Please call us at 883-8225 or email us at with questions or to request curbside pickup.

Abbi Dooley, Library Director 

Other library services:


Need some tech help?  Heather is available over the phone or through email.  You can get in touch with her by calling the library or email her at


Looking for our regular children’s programming?  You will find new videos each week for Mother Goose, Makerspace, and Wiggle Worms on our YouTube channel and on Facebook.  We have other videos too, like tech tips and gardening.


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. 


Here’s how curbside pickup works:

  • You may place holds on items that are available in our library 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. The library will call you 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.

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 that are available in our library either online or by calling the library at 883-8225. We are happy to recommend books and movies that are on our shelves.
  • 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 five (5) 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.

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.  Book jackets and cases will be cleaned before items are placed in the bag.

Returning materials to the library:

You may place returned items into the library book drop even if they have a sticker saying not to.  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.

Account & Hold Update

For the time being, you will notice that you can only place holds on items from our library. Partners sharing will likely resume sometime in June.  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. You can still place holds on items in our library.  We are adding new releases weekly.


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 and we have a trial for TumbleBooks. Try the Tutorials link through Niche Academy to learn about many other online resources accessible for free or with your library card.