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Sno-Isle Libraries is gradually reopening community libraries to customers

Sno-Isle Libraries is bringing back limited in-building services at a number of select community libraries. Libraries in Arlington, Clinton, Mill Creek, and Lake Stevens do not meet the guidelines and will continue with contact-free service but not offer in-building options at this time.
Caitlin Ray browses at Snohomish Library. Photo courtesy of Sno-Isle Libraries.

From the Sno-Isle Libraries website, February 26, 2021.

Sno-Isle Libraries is bringing back limited in-building services at the following select community libraries:

  • Brier Library,
  • Camano Island Library,
  • Coupeville Library,
  • Darrington Library,
  • Freeland Library,
  • Lynnwood Library,
  • Marysville Library, and
  • Snohomish Library.

Called “Grab ‘n’ Go,” Sno-Isle Libraries' plan adds services within state public safety guidelines. Customers can again browse library materials. However, the number of customers will be limited, they must wear face-coverings (including children over age 2) and limit their time in the building to 30 minutes.

One Sno-Isle Libraries’ criteria for offering Grab ‘n’ Go was that the library could physically accommodate both in-building and contact-free services at the same time while also following state safety guidelines.

It was determined that 19 of the 23 community libraries meet the threshold. Libraries in Arlington, Clinton, Mill Creek, and Lake Stevens do not meet the guidelines and will continue with contact-free service but not offer in-building options at this time.

The libraries in Freeland, Darrington, and Camano Island opened their doors last week.

This week, the libraries in Brier, Coupeville, Lynnwood, and Snohomish began offering Grab ‘n’ Go service; and the Marysville Library is providing a meeting room for computer access. 

“Library customers tell me every day they appreciate the adaptions we have made, but really need access to our in-building services,” Sno-Isle Libraries Executive Director Lois Langer Thompson said.

She went on to say, “The COVID-19 pandemic has allowed us to innovate our library services for customers – from online programming to laptop checkouts – we’ve been able to reimagine new ways to stay connected. Opening libraries for in-building services is the next step.” 

Under Gov. Jay Inslee’s Healthy Washington – Roadmap to Recovery, public libraries may offer in-building services while adhering to restrictions intended to address public safety concerns. Thompson said library staff have been planning and preparing community libraries to deliver in-building services that meet state guidelines and restrictions.  

Managing building capacity makes social distancing easier to maintain, high-touch surfaces are regularly wiped down, most furniture has been removed, air-handling systems have been improved, and more. The library district already quarantines returned materials for at least 24 hours per CDC guidelines. 

Rebecca Loney, Director of Public Services, said Sno-Isle Libraries is taking a sequential approach to adding limited in-building services to community libraries.

She explained, “We will also continue to offer our customers their choice of contact-free and online services and programs.”  

Each Sno-Isle Libraries building is as unique as the community it serves and not all libraries will have the same in-building services available.   

“We will continue to expand our in-building services as libraries are ready,” Loney added. “We expect to see more libraries with in-building services over the coming weeks.”   

All 23 Sno-Isle Libraries community libraries offer contact-free services including pickup of materials, printing, laptop and Wi-Fi checkouts, and more.

Online services and resources are available 24-7 through the recently redesigned website, www.sno-isle.org.

Libraries in Arlington, Clinton, Mill Creek, and Lake Stevens do not meet the guidelines and will continue with contact-free service but not offer in-building options at this time.

Contact-free services include pickup of materials, printing, laptop and Wi-Fi checkouts, and more. Photo courtesy of Sno-Isle Libraries.

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