Library Re-opening on June 1!

  • The library will be re-opening on June 1 with a few changes/guidelines for the public to follow.  To read the full update with all the information, click here.
  • The library has made efforts to reduce exposure to COVID-19, but the risk of infection cannot be eliminated! To further reduce your risk, consider using curbside service and online resources.
  • All face-to-face library-sponsored programs will be held virtually in June.

Library Hours (effective June 1):

General public

  • Monday: 10:00-5:00pm
  • Tuesday: 10:00-5:00pm
  • Wednesday: 10:00-9:00pm
  • Thursday: 10:00-5:00pm
  • Friday: 10:00-5:00pm
  • Saturday: 10:00-1:00pm

At-risk or vulnerable patrons

  • Mon-Sat: 9:00-10:00am – dedicated hour for at risk or vulnerable patrons
  • The library has made efforts to reduce exposure to COVID-19, but the risk of infection cannot be eliminated! To further reduce your risk, consider using curbside service and online resources.

Guidelines for Public to Follow:

  • Per local health officials advice, we are requesting all individuals to wear a mask when entering the library. (Staff will also be wearing a mask when in public areas.)
  • Patrons are advised to follow the CDC guidelines and maintain a 6 foot social distance from others.
  • If you have a fever, cough, or shortness of breath, please do not enter the library.

Curbside Service will continue to be available

  • Please note that you need to submit a request ahead of time (online, phone, or email) and wait for an email or text notification that items are ready to be picked up.
  • Please stay in your vehicle or six feet away from the until the library staff places your items on the table.

 

  • We encourage you to reserve items online via our catalog. Please contact us if you need your PIN reset. The video below explains how to reserve items online.

Overdue Fines

Fines will be assessed beginning June 1 when the library reopens.

 

Electronic Resources Available 24/7

Check out our wide variety of electronic resources.

  • If you have recommendations for eBooks or eAudiobooks, please email us at support@siouxcenterlibrary.org
  • These electronic resources are available FREE of charge to all Sioux Center and rural Sioux County residents.
    • In light of the COVID-19 situation, we are offering a 50% discount on a year’s worth of electronic resource access for residents of surrounding towns ($20 for Iowa residents, $30 for out of state). Please call us at 712.722.2138 if you would like to subscribe to these resources.
  • We are currently working with our vendors to reduce barriers to access. We have worked with the following vendors to remove the $5 fine limit that used to block you from accessing eBooks.
    • Cloud Library
    • Hoopla
    • OverDrive/Libby
    • rbdigital
    • Brainfuse Online Tutoring
    • Creativebug
  • We have doubled your allotted checkouts on Hoopla from 3 to 6.
  • Foundation Directory (grant search) will be temporarily available to you from home (it is usually only available within the library building).

 

We are providing access to some additional online books during the COVID-19 epidemic.

The following TumbleBook collections are available to all users. There is no need to log in with a library card number and no wait times. All the books are available all the time!

TumbleMath  Teen Book CloudAudio Book CloudRomance Book Cloud

 

 

 

 

Digital Library Cards Available

  • Fill out this form to apply for a digital library card from the safety of your home. This card can be used to check out items at Curbside Service or, if eligible, to access our electronic resources.

 

WiFi Available in Parking Lot 24/7

  • We know not everyone has internet access at home. We are committed to keeping our WiFi on 24/7 during this COVID-19 epidemic. While we can’t welcome you inside, you are welcome to use the WiFi from your car in the parking lot.

 

Stay Informed!

 

Questions?

  • Please do not hesitate to contact us if there are other ways we can assist you at this time.
  • We realize this is a rapidly changing situation, and we will continue to post updates here as they develop.

 

Reliable Sources of Information on COVID-19