Opening your Great Falls Public Library

Opening Up Your Library:  Service and Safety During COVID


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 October 18 , 2021, Library COVID precautions include the following:


  • Masks or other face coverings are encouraged (but not required) while inside the library.
    Monday 12:00 to 6:00 pm
    Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday:  10:00 am to 8:00 pm
    Friday & Saturday:  10:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • PICKUP WINDOW:  Monday  through Saturday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • PHONES: Monday through Saturday 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • MONTANA ROOM:  Monday through Saturday:  1:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • We are having Library programing online, outside and in-person.  
  • A pick-up window has been installed to provide for safe, contactless pickup of hold materials.
  • Physical barriers are installed at all public desks
  • Hand sanitizing stations are available in all public spaces and work areas
  • Staff follow practice proper quarantine and isolation guidelines if they are exposed to or infected with COVID-19
  • Furniture and computers have been arranged to promote social distancing
  • WiFi signal has been boosted to allow access from the parking lot and front plaza (password: gfpl1234)
  • Library return bins are available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Library meeting rooms are available to the community.
  • Volunteers are welcome back to the Library.



As risk decreases, the Library will return to providing more in-person programming.



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.