The Path to Reopen
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Updated Dec. 2, 2020 - From the Director
Through our time with COVID, we at Kitsap Regional Library have kept our staff and patrons' safety and wellness at the forefront of all we do. We have carefully phased in our services, moving forward only when we felt confident that we were doing the right thing.
On October 6, despite COVID cases on the rise, libraries received permission from the Governor's office to open their buildings for limited service. So, we began to prepare for limited access to public computers to begin on November 16. As you can imagine, starting this service is not as simple as it seems. Safety barriers had to be installed, computers needed to be moved and staff needed to be trained to ensure patrons could safely use the building and computers. We knew our patrons needed and missed their computer access, however, as we neared November 16 and COVID rates set new record highs throughout the County, I realized that opening our buildings was too much of a risk. So, we have paused the start of this service until we can feel confident that it will not jeopardize anyone's health—either our staff or our public.
As we come to the close of 2020, I want to thank you for the support we've received from our community this year. From an unexpected closure in March—where we scrambled to bolster services available online—to a virtual Summer Learning program enjoyed by over 5,000 kids, teens and adults—to a wide range of new services that we could not have imagined at the beginning of the year (virtual classes and events, curbside holds pickup, Book Bundles, curbside printing and now Book-a-Librarian)—we have been working hard to continue to bring you the services you have come to rely on in new ways. Always, we invite you to connect online or by phone and we will help in any way we can. And don't forget to take advantage of downloadable ebooks and audiobooks with your Libby app—which some are calling "the best discovery of this time of COVID!"
Through it all, your words of encouragement have sustained us. Thank you so much for your patience and for continuing to share your thoughts with us. We are eager for the day when we can once again welcome you into the Library.
Library Director, Kitsap Regional Library
Beginning on January 11, Gov. Jay Inslee announced Healthy Washington — Roadmap to Recovery. As we follow the guidance of our state and local health officials, we will also continue to carefully consider the unique needs of our organization and approach reopening the Library in a way that keeps the health and safety of our patrons and staff at the forefront.
Based on Kitsap’s current health data, we will continue to stay in our current phase of reopening but will closely watch information available to us when making decisions on expanding services.
The Library is currently offering a variety of curbside services along with online access to digital collections, resources and virtual classes and events.
What does curbside service entail?
Make a hold in our catalog, then schedule an appointment online to drop by and pick up your holds and book bundle requests. You can also place a request for items to be printed and picked up curbside. Or, swing by your favorite Library to access the book drops at any time and pick up the latest monthly edition of Inspire Lite during regular curbside hours. We are not accepting book donations at this time. We appreciate your support and patience as we work to return to full service.
Please note that all returned items will not show as returned to your account for 4-5 working days, as all materials will be quarantined for 96 hours. Learn more about this process.
We're always open online!
Explore our digital library for instant 24/7 access to audiobooks, ebooks and magazines, or check out our expansive collection of online resources available now. During the pandemic, our librarians have designed virtual classes and events to help stay connected, while staying safe. If you're looking for direct help, visit Book-a-Librarian to make a virtual appointment with one of our librarians.
How is the Library keeping staff and community safe?
In compliance with state guidelines:
- All staff and patrons are required to wear face covers.
- We are increasing cleaning, paying particular attention to high touch areas such as handrails, doors and handles.
- Staff are provided cleaning supplies to regularly clean workspaces and gloves to allow safe handling of materials.
- Regular access to soap and warm water for handwashing and hand sanitizer is provided in all locations.
- A physical distance of six-feet will be maintained at all times between staff and other customers. Waiting areas and areas where the public tends to gather will be clearly marked.
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I have a different question, is there someone who can help me?
Yes! Ask your question online or call your favorite location. We will be available to take your calls during staffed hours. Otherwise, we will answer your messages within 24 hours.