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Bozeman Public Library returns to curbside services with COVID-19 cases on the rise in Gallatin County

Library will offer books and resources to be picked up curbside
Posted at 12:09 PM, Nov 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-12 14:09:47-05

BOZEMAN — Starting Friday, November 13th, the Bozeman Public Library will be scaling back services due to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in Gallatin County.

On Tuesday night at the Bozeman City Commission meeting, City Manager Jeff Mihelich told the Commission the Library was planning to make an announcement.

“They’re going back to kinda their phase one which is really providing curbside services. So there will be no admittance into the operation itself, and they will still be able to check out books, return books, and so on,” said Mihelich.

Similar to Phase One, the library will offer books and resources to be checked out and picked up curbside.

“The library director and the assistant director have been pretty vigilant watching the numbers and trying to align with the best steps for our community and our patrons as well as our staff,” said Brittany Dolezal, department head public services at the Bozeman Public Library.

Many in the community rely on the Library not just for books, but for computer use, WIFI, and printing.

The Bozeman Public Library will continue to rent mobile hotspots for anybody with a library card and soon they will have laptops for checkout.

“Montana State Library, they’ve been helping a lot of libraries around the state. In getting libraries those hotspots so we can give access to those people that need that internet because that is a huge need and something that the library tends to be able to help out with,” said Dolezal.

Curbside pickup for check out of library resources is Tuesday through Friday from 10 am-6 pm and Saturday between 10 am and 2 pm.

“We can still offer great services and still get books into the hands of community members and do it in a safe way with curbside.”