Chetco library

The Chetco Community Library in Brookings.

I am thrilled to announce reopened on Monday, June 15!  Our hours will be Monday through Friday 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., and to start we will only be admitting 25 people at a time. Social distancing is required, so please stay six feet away from staff and other patrons. Wearing masks is strongly encouraged.  

We will have a staff person stationed in the lobby. When you come in, stop at the table in the lobby and one of our friendly staff will hand you one of our bright pink laminated capacity cards (sanitized between uses), which are numbered 1 to 25. When you leave, return the card to the staff person. They will sanitize the card and then hand it to the next person waiting. We don't expect long lines, but if you do arrive and need to wait for a card, please remember to maintain six feet of distance while waiting. Once we see how things go with 25 people at a time, we will look at increasing our capacity if we can safely do so.  

Additionally, our current method of appointment-based hold pickups is ending. Just come to the lobby of the library during our open hours to pick up your holds. We'll check your holds out to you there. If you'd like to browse the collection inside before or after checking out your holds, you will need to request a capacity card.  

Meeting rooms are still unavailable, and computer use is still by appointment only. Computer appointments are limited to 50 minutes with no extensions. If you'd like to schedule a time to use a computer, call us at 541-469-7738 between 1-6 p.m. on any weekday.  

And one final note. Please understand that choosing to visit a public building during this time comes with a certain amount of assumed risk. We are not able to keep every item or every surfaced sanitized throughout the day. We will only be cleaning and sanitizing the restrooms once per day. We will try our best to keep high-touch surfaces sanitized, and to sanitize anything that we check out to you or hand you. But because no system is perfect, we strongly recommend that you wear masks, wash your hands frequently, only touch items/surfaces that you need to touch, and refrain from touching your face. 

Please do not come to the library if you are ill. Before going into any public place, the Centers for Disease Control recommends that you ask yourself the following questions:  

• In the last 14 days have you come into close contact (within 6 feet) with someone who has received a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis? 

• Do you have a cough, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing? 

• Do you have at least two of these symptoms: Fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell? 

If you answered yes to any of these questions, please do not come to the library. If staff notice you coughing or appearing to be ill, we may provide you a mask or, in extreme circumstances, ask you to leave until you are feeling better.  


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