May the Fourth be with us.
The Coeur d’Alene Public Library will resume curbside service and accepting checked out returns on Monday, May 4. The building will remain closed to the public for the time being.
“This the first phase of what we hope will lead us back to regular operations,” said Library
Director Bette Ammon. “A lot depends on people continuing to make an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.”
Ammon said that the library will be partially staffed Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Curbside service will be available 10-6 workdays. Lake City Public Library remains closed, and will not be available as a pick-up site.
Plans call for courier service between most Cooperative Information Network (CIN) libraries to also resume May 4. Some CIN libraries may not be able to participate due to local circumstances.
Patrons will be able to resume placing holds for pickup at the Coeur d’Alene Library which may include participating CIN libraries.
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 returned to the shelves. Library staff in the building will be practicing social distancing, using protective clothing, and following recommended health practices, she said.
All programs at the library will continue to be offered online at least through May.

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



Lake City Public Library – operated at the high school on Ramsey Road in Coeur  d’Alene – has been closed temporarily as a precaution to prevent the potential spread of the coronavirus.
Library Director Bette Ammon said the decision to suspend Lake City services was made in consultation with Coeur d’Alene School District officials. The school district yesterday also suspended all large-group activities in school facilities, including those organized by the City of Coeur d’Alene Recreation Department.
While the Lake City library branch is closed, holds placed for books and other items there can be picked up at the main library at 702 E. Front Ave.
The main library remains open for regular hours at this time, but has suspended all public programs and meeting reservations.
For the latest information on the coronavirus visit the Panhandle Health District website: http://panhandlehealthdistrict.org/covid-19/.


In a precautionary move to protect public health, all public adult, teen, and children’s programs at the Coeur d’Alene and Lake City public libraries during March have been cancelled.

The move follows a similar decision by North Idaho College that resulted in the cancelation of the Wild and Scenic Film Festival sponsored by the Kootenai Environmental Alliance (KEA). This also resulted in the cancelation of a screening of “The Wild” Friday, March 13, at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, sponsored by KEA and the Library Foundation.
“This is not a decision we take lightly,” said Library Director Bette Ammon. “But after discussing the issue with the Library Board of Trustees and the other City of Coeur d’Alene department heads, we decided it is better to err on the side of caution.”
Ammon noted that libraries in Spokane have also cancelled their programs.
“Given our proximity to Spokane, this seems like the right thing to do,” she said.
The cancellation also applies to all meeting room reservations at the library for the rest of this month.
The public will be notified when library programs and meeting room reservations can resume.