Library opens to public with restrictions

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

LE MARS — Le Mars Public Library Director Shirley Taylor has announced the library is open to the public and there will be a summer reading program.

The library building opened to the public as of June 1.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday.

New rules have been implemented regarding how many people may be in the building and for how long.

Library doors will remain locked but patrons with a reservation can call to enter the building. Walk-in traffic will be allowed based on capacity.

In consultation with the staff and library director, the library board set the capacity at 15 people (not including staff).  This number, while low, will allow adequate social distancing.

The board also set the time limit of 30 minutes for general library use and 45 minutes for computer use.

To track capacity and time limits, the library is using an online reservation system. To reserve a time to use the library, the public is encouraged to place a reservation online: https://www.yelp.com/reservations/le-mars-public-library-le-mars?from_reserve_now=1 or call the library at 712-546-5004.

The library staff will allow limited walk-in service for people who do not make a reservation. 

The library will continue to offer curbside service for the foreseeable future. However, the customers of curbside service may experience a longer delay before items are ready for pick-up. Library staff will fulfill online reserves in less than 24 hours (Sunday exception).

The library will have a Summer Reading Program for Youth, Teens & Adults. Registration is now open.

Click on this link to learn more about the Summer Reading Programs: https://www.lemarsiowa.com/649/Summer-Reading-Program-2020

"We are committed to serving the public while maintaining recommended protocols for public safety, Taylor said. "We look forward to seeing you soon."

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