Update on Library Services
Updated: Tuesday November 24, 2020
On Tuesday, November 17, Libraries were added to the list of critical businesses on the latest State Public Health Order. This designation allows the library to continue to operate in compliance with mandates for maintaining a clean and safe work environment issues by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment as well as Larimer County guidelines and City of Loveland directives. The Library will adjust our service delivery model to address the alarming increases in COVID19 rates in Larimer county and across the state, while continuing to provide critical library services to our patrons. Library patrons are required to wear a face covering or mask and maintain social distancing at all times while inside the building. While limited, socially distanced seating areas are available, patrons are encouraged to minimize their time in the building by requesting items in advance via our online catalog and exploring our many virtual options available through the Library’s website at lovelandpubliclibrary.org.
“The alarming rise in COVID19 infection rates in Larimer County requires us all to do our part to stay safe and minimize exposure. While libraries are now classified in the latest State of Colorado Public Health Order as critical businesses, we must continue to take every precaution possible when serving patrons in the building. We also want to encourage everyone to take advantage of all the virtual and alternate service delivery models we offer including curbside and homebound delivery of library materials and personalized service via phone, chat and email. I continue to be committed to providing access to our collections, services and technology as long as we are able to strictly enforce all the safety requirements we have in place,” said Diane Lapierre, Library Director.
Support for Remote Learning
While recognizing the risks to in-person use of the library, access to technology and support for remote learning remain a high priority. In October, the library and Thompson School District launched the Student Success Initiative, allowing TSD students to use their school ID number as a library card. Students can use their student ID number to log into the library’s specialized databases, checkout downloadable books, audio books, movies and music, as well as check out up to three physical items at a time. For students who need reliable access to technology, computers in the children’s and teen areas, as well as the computer lab are available for use. The library is also offering a “Pop-In” Learning Lab. The Lab, located in the Erion Room on the second floor, provides additional computer stations with access to high speed internet in a quiet, socially-distanced environment. Visitors receive support from staff in using the technology, as well as resources that provide online tutoring and skill building. Beginning Monday, November 30, the Lab will be open Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Fridays 10 a.m. to noon. Hours may vary, so please check the website for the most current schedule. You can also access free wifi outside of the library. Just look for the LovelandLibrary network and use the password LovelandLibrary.
The Library has recently added an additional FREE virtual service, Brainfuse, that offers on-demand, live tutoring and help for users of all ages and ability levels. By visiting the Library’s website at lovelandpubliclibrary.org/brainfuse, patrons can receive homework, learning, and job assistance anytime, anywhere. Tutors and job coaches are available every day from 2:00 PM – 11:00 PM MST.
Patrons can still browse for and check out library materials through the online catalog by going to lovelandlibrary.org as well as browse the available e-resources. With all the books, movies, music, TV programs, for all ages as well as robotics, craft kits and maker kits, the library has something to help you and your family stay safe and entertained while at home. Curbside pickup is available and senior and homebound patrons can request home delivery by calling 970-962-2592 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
By remaining vigilant in following all the safety and health protocols, library staff will continue to inform, inspire and enrich a strong, engaged community.
Available Access and Amenities
Limited access and amenities include:
- Browsing for books and check out
- Wi-fi access throughout building and outside
- Limited seating to ensure social distancing
- Genealogy room and microfilm readers
- Study rooms with limited capacity to ensure social distancing
- Bathrooms (not water fountains)
- Newspaper browsing
- Reference and customer service support
Teen Hangout access and amenities include:
- IPads and Computers
- To-Go snacks ONLY
- No in-person program or activities at this time
Technology Center access and amenities include:
- Walk-in open use of the computer lab; no need to make a reservation for basic computer usage
- Reservations still required for groups of 2+ and the iCreate makerspace lab
- 1 hour, 30 minute computer sessions on all computers
Children’s access and amenities include:
- Children’s collection
- Reference from children’s librarians
- Virtual programs and storytimes, available online
- No computer use or in-person activities at this time
- Place a hold online or over the phone
- Please call to let us know you’re on your way, (970) 962-2403
- For questions about curbside pickup, please call (970) 962-2403 or text (970) 239-8989