Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

UPDATED – 09/29/2020

Aalfs Downtown Library reopens to the public by appointment on Monday, October 5.

CURRENT STATUS OF LIBRARY SERVICES:

Aalfs Downtown Library

  • Reopens to the public by appointment on Monday, October 5. Call 712-255-2933 ext. 2221 to schedule.
    • Hours: Monday 1-3 pm and 5-7 pm; Tuesday through Thursday 11 am – 1 pm and 3-5 pm.
  • Contactless Curbside Pickup by appointment Monday through Thursday. Call 712-255-2933 ext. 2211 to schedule. [Read more about curbside here.]
  • Outdoor book return open.

Morningside Branch Library

  • Open to the public for walk-in, grab and go service
    • Hours: Monday through Wednesday 10 am – 6 pm; Thursday and Friday 10 am – 5 pm; Saturday 10 am – 1 pm
  • Computers available by appointment. Call 712-255-2924 to schedule.
  • Outdoor book return closed; return materials inside during open hours.

Perry Creek Branch Library

  • Contactless Curbside Pickup by appointment Monday through Saturday. Call 712-255-2926 to schedule. [Read more about curbside here.]
  • Outdoor book return closed.

System-wide

  • Fines accrued on overdue items are being waived until the end of the year for full-access library cardholders.
  • Requesting items in the online catalog is active
  • Not accepting donations
  • Home delivery service is active (via books delivered by postal mail)

LIBRARY USAGE GUIDELINES:

  • If you feel unwell or have fever, cough, or shortness of breath, stay home and contact your health care provider.
  • Protective masks or face coverings are required.
  • Follow signage and floor markings to practice social distancing.
  • Use hand sanitizer on your way in and out of the Library.
  • Exact change only for all transactions.

PRECAUTIONS TAKEN BY THE LIBRARY:

  • Plexiglass and dividers are in place to provide a protective barrier between individuals during transactions.
  • Floor markings are in place to assist with social distancing.
  • Public computers are sanitized between each use.
  • Returned materials are placed in quarantine for 5 days before returning to circulation.
  • Exact change is required for transactions.
  • Meeting and study rooms are closed.

Summary of Reopening Plan

Phase One

Contactless curbside
pickup at Perry Creek
Branch
. Six days a
week by appointment.
Buildings remain
closed to the public.

Phase Two

Morningside Branch
open to the public

with specific capacity
limits and social
distancing measures in
place. Public computer
use by appointment.
Contactless curbside
pickup continues at
Perry Creek Branch.

Phase Three

Morningside Branch
and Aalfs Downtown
Library open to the
public
with social
distancing measures in
place and limited
services available.
Contactless curbside
pickup continues.

Phase Four

Full service restored.
Return to all aspects of
normal service and
operation.

Using the Library Remotely

Access the Library’s extensive menu of digital resources from home with your full-service library card. Download the Libby app on your smartphone to read eBooks or listen to an audiobook. Visit our eResources page to stream three hours of music per day via Freegal Music, learn to get crafty with Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center, or try one of our other premium databases.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

World Health Organization

Iowa Department of Public Health

Siouxland District Health Department