Cd’A Library Plans Partial Reopening June 1

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 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.