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Billings Public Library to reopen Feb. 1

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Posted at 6:11 PM, Jan 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-21 01:26:05-05

The Billings Public Library will reopen to the public Feb. 1.

Hours will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The library has been closed since early November to protect against the spread of COVID-19.

Masks will be required by all patrons and staff inside the library.

The following provisions will remain in place while the library is open:

  • 30-minute visitation limit for all patron visits
  • Seven (7) public computers will be available for 30 minute sessions (cleaning protocols implemented); patrons may not renew computer sessions
  • Online programming only
  • Furniture will remain unavailable for patron use
  • Archives, Tech Lab, Study Rooms, Community Room, Genealogy Room, microfilm readers, and Yellowstone Board Room remain inaccessible for the public
  • Continuation of curbside services M-F; 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Café reopened
  • Bookmobile, Homebound, and Senior Outreach services continue with current operational status

Library officials said they will continue to monitor spikes in COVID cases in Yellowstone County and potentially adjust services as needed.

“This plan is thorough, practical, and achieves the goals of serving the public while ensuring the safety of staff and those who utilize the facility,” Library Director Gavin Woltjer said. “In the event that the virus spikes again in the County, management will evaluate operational modalities and consult health officials as we have throughout the pandemic. If changes need to occur, we will do our best to communicate these changes with the public and our community partners as soon as possible.”

For questions, please call the Billings Public Library at 657-8292.