The Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) is planning to reopen library branches in accordance with Governor Inslee’s phased reopening plan. WCLS Deputy Director Michael Cox said the WCLS team is preparing by “delivering supplies, developing plans to quarantine returned items, and preparing for a no-contact holds pick-up model.” The start date for those services is unknown at this time and will be determined by the governor’s plan.
Point Roberts Library branch manager Kris Lomedico expanded on the measures that will be taken by library staff when the library building does re-open. Lomedico said, “WCLS branches have been professionally sanitized, returned items will be quarantined for 72 hours, staff will wear face masks, with physical distancing to be practiced by everyone, and furniture will be rearranged.”
There are several options for making holds available on the Point before the library spaces can be accessed by the public, including pick up in the express room one person at a time and curbside pick-up involving calling ahead and staff depositing the items in the trunk of a waiting car. Meanwhile, library services are available online. Visit wcls.org/info for more information.