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Library districts changing operations amid the COVID-19 pandemic

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Posted at 10:58 AM, Nov 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-17 12:58:13-05

COLORADO SPRINGS — The Pikes Peak Library District and the Pueblo Library District are adjusting their services to keep everyone safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Starting on Nov. 18, the Pikes Peak Library District will temporarily limit access inside all libraries. Libraries will only allow people inside if they have a reservation to use a computer.

While people won't be able to browse the physical collection, curbside services will be available at all libraries.

“We’re working closely with El Paso County Public Health officials to find the essential balance between safety and accessibility of our services,” says Chief Librarian and CEO John Spears. “We know the computer and internet access we provide are critical services and needed by many in our community. This new service model will allow us to continue to provide that access while keeping our staff and patrons safe.”

Library users can continue to browse the collection using the online catalog or the PPLD mobile app, pick up their holders using curbside service, and return materials 24/7 outside all libraries. Anyone can make a reservation by calling (719) 389-8968.

Online resources like eBooks, movies, music, magazines, virtual library programs, and more will continue to be available around the clock. WiFi should be accessible outside most library facilities for anyone to use, day or night.

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In response to Pueblo County’s move to high-risk status, all Pueblo City-County Library District’s buildings are closed to the public starting Nov. 18.

"This rollback in library services is not the change we want to make, but we must do this now to help stem community spread of this dangerous virus at a critical time. We understand people rely on the library and, while the public will not be able to enter our buildings, for now, we are pleased the library's curbside service will include the ability for members of the public to check out traditional materials like books and, also, Internet hotspots and tablets," said Jon Walker, the library district’s executive director.

At this time, the current hours of operation will remain the same for all libraries. You can still browse and check out library materials through the online catalog as well as browse the available e-services.

Curbside pickup is still available at all Pueblo library locations and you can now easily schedule your own pick up time through the library’s website or by calling (719) 562-5600. Mail delivery is also available.

The Pueblo City-County Library District has tablets, Chromebooks, and internet hotspots available for check out. Tablets have a one month loan limit, Chromebooks and internet hotspots may be checked out for three months. All of those are available for free with a valid PCCLD library card.

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