The Pierce County Library System is eager to begin offering services to the community after the shutdown due to COVID-19. At this time, the library buildings will remain closed to avoid any further spread of the virus. However, Pierce County Libraries are offering multiple services to the community to accommodate for the restrictions placed under the coronavirus pandemic.
Book drops are open again at eight of the 20 Pierce County Libraries in Fife, Gig Harbor, Lakewood, Parkland/Spanaway, South Hill, Summit, Sumner, and University Place. In the coming weeks, book drops in other locations will begin reopening. The libraries will not be assessing fines for overdue books and materials for the remainder of 2020.
Another service they are providing is free Wi-Fi for use outside of the library buildings and in the parking lots. Additionally, library staff is planning on safely offering curbside services for people to check out books, movies, and copies of prints that people can send remotely to the printers in the libraries. Staff also will be checking in the books and movies people return, as well as processing new books and materials for their readers.
Librarians and other staff are preparing to modify their operations and services to upkeep public health and safety. When the buildings open to the public, they will allow people to use their services by enforcing social distancing when using the public computers, checking out books and materials, and taking many other actions to ensure the safety of the staff and the public.
Pierce County Libraries still encourage readers to use online resources and check out ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines. This June, the Library launched its Virtual Library that holds online classes and events for all ages. The Virtual Library features story times for young learners and their parents, STEAM events for young children, and book discussions and other events for adult readers. Additionally, the Library system will launch its Summer Reading program soon, which will be hosted online.
For more information on how the Pierce County Library System has committed to ensure public health and safety, visit www.piercecountylibrary.org/services/library-reimagined.htm.