The Great Falls Public Library is committed to protecting the health of our community while continuing to meet the needs of our patrons. As COVID-19 transmission in our community slows, vaccines become more available and the risks from COVID-19 are reduced, the Library will expand services.
This plan lays out the hopes of the Library staff. Any increases in COVID-19 transmissions and increased community risk will result in adjustments to the plan. All changes in COVID-19 precautions will follow the recommendations of the Cascade County City-County Health Department.
As of April 1, 2021, Library COVID precautions include the following:
Monday: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Tuesday-Saturday: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
OPEN TO ALL
Tuesday through Saturday: : 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm
VULNERABLE POPULATIONS ONLY
Tuesday: 10:00 am to 11:00 am
Thursday: 10:00 am to 11:00 am
Tuesday through Saturday: 1:00 am to 4:00 pm
Starting April 19th, the Library will be open more hours.
RUNNING THE NEW BOOKMOBILE:
In mid-April, the NEW Bookmobile will be here. Library will continue to deliver holds and will start to allow limited Bookmobile browsing.
CHANGE MASK REQUIREMENT:
Starting May 25th, Masks will be RECOMMENDED but not required while in the Library.
RE-START VOLUNTEER PROGRAM:
Starting May 25th, volunteers will be invited to return to working inside the Library.
OPEN MEETING ROOMS:
Starting May 25th, the public will be able to use the Library meeting rooms.
PLAN OUTDOOR IN-PERSON PROGRAMMING:
Starting in May, the Library will begin to hold outdoor in-person programming. (The Library will continue to provide online programming.)
PLAN LIMITED INDOOR IN-PERSON PROGRAMMING:
Starting in July, the Library will begin to hold indoor in-person programming. (The Library will continue to provide online programming.)
As volunteers return and all staff are able to work with the public, the Library will return to being open to the public at least 50 hours a week.
As risk continues to decrease, the Library will return to providing more in-person programming.
EXPANDING COMPUTER ACCESS:
As risk continues to decrease and social distancing is no longer recommended, the Library will allow more public computers to be used by the public.
As risk continues to decrease and social distancing is no longer recommended, the Library will return furniture to allow patrons to sit in larger groups.