After about a year of being closed to in-person visits due to COVID-19, the Kitsap Regional Library in Poulsbo reopened Monday.
Protocols to keep people safe include 45-minute visits at 25 percent capacity, along with hand sanitation and mask prior to entry.
“Fourty-five minutes came from a desire to provide access to as many patrons as possible while allowing an adequate amount of time for them to accomplish what they need to do,” Poulsbo branch manager Sharon Lee said. “We’re hoping it’s the right balance, but we will learn and adjust as we go.”
The Poulsbo library closed for renovation just before the statewide shutdown due to the pandemic, making this reopening even more special as patrons see the long-awaited changes.
The inside has been completely rearranged to allow for social distancing, but also for better organization of books, including new designated areas for kids, tweens and young adults.
One of the largest resources that libraries provide is computer and internet access for those who do not have that at home. That was a struggle many families faced during the pandemic, so there is a lot of excitement about being able to access those resources again.
“They are expressing relief and appreciation,” Lee said of returning library patrons.
Along with checking out items, you still will have huge benefits in tech services on one of the public computers, being able to print 100 pages and 25 faxes per day.
To keep folks safe, returned items will be quarantined for 24 hours. Furniture has been moved to allow for social distancing. Frequently touched areas are being cleaned often. Public computers are cleaned after each use. Restrooms will be open for handwashing.
If you still don’t feel comfortable going to the library, online services will continue through KRL.org. You can Book-a-Librarian for up to 45 minutes for help; you can take virtual classes by connecting on community Zoom projects, discussions and storytimes; you can download audiobooks, ebooks, music and digital magazines anytime day or night; and you can access the library’s online collection of resources.
Curbside services will continue. You can place a hold on an item, make an appointment, and pick it up. And library staff will select 3-10 items just for you and you can pick up those Book Bundles at curbside. Fill out BookMatch online so they know what you like.
The library also offers home delivery for those with significant barriers to using the library. For details call Mobile Services at 360-405-9123. Check out the website to find information about: business, family history, making videos, careers, homework help, tax resources, start a book club and much more.