Local Libraries Begin To Re-open Services

Jun 9, 2020

As counties across Oregon continue to re-open, so do local libraries. KLCC’s Aubrey Bulkeley found out how some are adapting to new restrictions. 

Springfield Public Library is trying to find creative and safe ways to continue to increase services during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Credit City of Springfield

As with most COVID-19 operations, things take longer. According to Emily David, Director of Springfield Public Library, books being returned go through a quarantine process before being checked out again. Volunteers also help process books, but now only four employees work in the library at a time. 

“It feels like we turn a corner and figure something out and then there’s five questions that come out of that.”

Depending on the size of operations, some libraries have started services earlier than others. Springfield began book pick-ups last week along with Newport’s public library. Eugene is starting next week. 

According to David, Springfield library’s first week of curbside pick-up was a success - over 150 patrons in the first few days. 

 

Corvallis-Benton County Public Library:

Now providing home delivery service. More information here.

 

Deschutes Public Library:

Hold placed before the March closure are able to be picked up. News holds can be requested beginning Wednesday, June 10. More information here.

 

Driftwood Public Library:

Pick-ups available by appointment. More information here.

 

Eugene Public Library:

Book drop-off and pick-ups at the Downtown branch will begin Monday, June 15. More information here.

 

Lower Umpqua Library:

Limited services and pick-ups available. More information here.

 

Newport Public Library:

Canceled until further notice - Book Take-out appointments Tuesdays 2-5:30 pm and Thursdays 11-1 pm. More information here.

 

Roseburg Public Library:

Drive-up service every Thursday 3-6pm. More information here.

 

Siuslaw Public Library:

Pick-up available Monday through Thursday 11-2 pm. Friday 11-6 pm. More information here.

 

Springfield Public Library

Hold pick-up Monday through Saturday, 1-3 pm. More information here.