The Coeur d’Alene Public Library is ready to partially reopen for the public on June 1 in compliance with Gov. Brad Little’s Rebound Idaho plan and with the approval of the Library Board of Trustees.
Lake City Public Library remains closed, and will be closed for the summer due to construction at Lake City High School.
Library Director Bette Ammon said that front-door or curbside pickup of holds will continue in order to help minimize the number of people inside the building and to accommodate patrons who prefer to remain isolated.
To place holds patrons log into their accounts at www.cdalibrary.org or can call 208-769-2315 during the open hours. Hours of operation will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Mondays 10-11 a.m. have been set aside for patrons who are considered vulnerable due to age or physical condition.
Patrons who are sick are asked to stay home.
“The health and safety of our patrons and staff are our primary concerns,” Ammon said. “If the number of cases of COVID-19 increase in the community, it may be necessary to again reduce library services. We are glad to be able to open up, at least partially. But staying open is going to require that everybody take precautions and work together.”
Based on the floor space of the library, access will be limited to 50 people at a time, including staff and patrons, she said. The children’s department and teen areas will remain closed, but the staff will retrieve books and other items on request. Placing holds ahead of time for these items will help the staff work more efficiently, Ammon said.
Precautions also include:
* Patrons are asked to limit time in the building. No extended stays or social gatherings are permitted. Patrons may be asked to leave after one hour if others are waiting to enter the building.
* Social distancing is required. Patrons are asked to maintain at least 6 feet of space from other patrons and staff. Seating will be modified to encourage this.
* Patrons are asked to wear a mask and one will be provided, if needed.
* Computer use will be limited to one hour per day, per patron.
* Meeting rooms remain closed.
* Programs for children, teens, and adults, including Summer Reading, will be exclusively online for the time being.
* Second Story Books, the used bookstore operated by Friends of the Library volunteers, will be open, but only one customer at a time is allowed in the space. A face mask is strongly encouraged.
* Donations of books and other items will be accepted, provided the library has space to quarantine the incoming items.


The Pageturners Library Book Club at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library will hold an online discussion via Zoom at 10:15 a.m. on Wednesday, May 27. A link for participation will be published via Facebook closer to the activity.
The book to be discussed is “The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains” by Nicholas Carr. Poet and literary fiction writer Paula Coomer will lead the discussion from Moscow.
Carr, who writes about technology, culture, and economics, uses neurological science to make the case that our use and dependence on computers has an organic impact on our brains that contrast with the neural pathways built up by reading.
Copies of the book are still available to check out. Call the Research and Information Desk between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, to reserve a copy.
This will be the final book discussed in the current Let’s Talk About It series. “The Shallows was originally to be discussed in March, but fell victim to the suspension of programs and the closure of the library due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
LTAI is sponsored by the Idaho Commission for Libraries with support from the Idaho Humanities Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and locally by the Friends of the Library.
Books in the series follow the theme, “The Humanity of Science and Technology.”
The summer schedule for the Pageturners will be determined by the volunteer organizers, and may involve more online discussions depending on the extent to which the library can be reopened.


The book drop is open at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library and patrons are invited to again place holds and to pick them up at the front door.
The building remains closed to the public in compliance with Gov. Brad Little’s phased plan to reopen the state. The Lake City Public Library, housed in the high school on Ramsey Road, remains closed and cannot be used as a pick-up site for holds.
Library Director Bette Ammon said that the library will be partially staffed Monday through Friday and curbside service will be available 10-6 weekdays. Patrons can call the library with inquiries during those hours to speak to a staff member. Call 208-769-2315. Inquiries can also be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Courier service between most Cooperative Information Network (CIN) libraries has also resumed.
Patrons are able to place holds for pickup at the Coeur d’Alene Library which may include participating CIN libraries. Holds can be placed on the website or by calling the library.
Ammon said that books and other items being returned to the library will be quarantined for three days, according to CDC recommendations, before they are reshelved. Library staff in the building will be practicing social distancing, using protective clothing, and following recommended health practices, she said.
Online resources – including ebooks and free downloadable music – are available at the library’s website – www.cdalibrary.org. Click on the EXPLORE link. All programs at the library will continue to be offered online at least through May. Visit the library’s Facebook pages for those links.

For the latest information on the coronavirus visit the Panhandle Health District website: http://panhandlehealthdistrict.org/covid-19/.