The Dickinson County Library helps the community find its story; right now, staff members are focused on the safest way for the community to return to utilizing library services in the building. Earlier this month, the library revealed a reopening plan with six phases, which is available on its website.
Phase 2 began June 15 with curbside services, and Phase 3 begins June 29. Phase 3 of the reopening plan allows for limited appointments inside the library buildings, but with restrictions to maintain the health and safety of the community and library staff. Starting June 29, patrons may request an appointment to access computers, register for a new library card, update a virtual card, renew a non-resident card, or to pay a bill; patrons cannot browse for materials or loiter in the library at this time.
During Phase 3, patrons will be required to wear a face-covering during their visit. Individuals may provide their own face-covering or there will be disposable masks available for 25 cents each. Time limits for computers have been shortened and appointments are available on a first-come-first serve basis. Appointments are limited to a single patron per appointment, and those requiring an accommodation are asked to call the library to discuss alternative services. To set up an appointment, call your local branch: the Main Branch in Iron Mountain at 906-774-1218, the Solomonson Branch in Norway at 906-563-8617, or the North Dickinson Branch inside the North Dickinson School in Felch at 906-542-7230.
If you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms (fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion, runny nose, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea), the library asks that you call and cancel your appointment and reschedule when you have been symptom free for 72 hours without medication.
Patrons may continue to request library materials and Summer Reading packets through curbside service during Phase 3.
Phase 3 will also coincide with the return of some Interlibrary loan (ILL) services. This means we may be able to request books that are not owned by our three branches. Patrons may place holds using the online catalog or call their local branch to request materials. Not all ILL services have been restored, but patrons are encouraged to try placing holds that may not have been permitted during Phase 2.
The Dickinson County Library would like to thank the community for their outpouring of support for curbside services and for their continued patience as we navigate these unprecedented times together. Please visit the library’s website, Facebook page, and YouTube page for virtual programming, the phased reopening plan, and what the library is doing to keep the community safe and informed.
Curbside Services Return!
The Dickinson County Library is thrilled to announce we will be resuming curbside services at all three branches on Monday, June 15! Available appointment times will be as follows: Main Branch-Monday through Friday from 10 AM-1 PM and from 3 PM-6 PM; Solomonson Branch-Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10 AM-1 PM and from 3 PM-6 PM; North Dickinson Branch-Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 11 AM-2 PM.
You may order library materials such as books, audiobooks, DVDs, and CDs either by placing a hold through your online account or by calling staff at the branch where you wish to pick up the materials. At this time, we are only able to access materials within our three library branches. We hope to be able to access materials from other libraries soon, and will make a separate announcement when that service is available! If you placed holds before we were mandated to close, please check your online account or call the library to cancel anything you no longer need.
Staff will also be able to assist you curbside with making copies (10 cents per page), printing items sent through e-mail or dropped off on a flashdrive (10 cents per page), faxing at the Main Branch only ($1 per page), microfilm research for county residents (research free up to 15 minutes, with any prints costing 25 cents per page), and reference assistance by phone or e-mail with prints available for pickup (10 cents per page, up to 10 pages free for COVID-19 information).
Items will be placed on a table outside the Main and Solomonson branches prior to the appointment time. At the North Dickinson Branch, items can be picked up from the window.
You may return library materials during these times and we will be quarantining all returns for 72 hours before checking them in. Remember, we never charge late fees for overdue materials.