Updated March 18, 2020 at 9 AM.
All Library Branches will be closed beginning March 18, 2020 until further notice.
With heavy hearts, we are closing the Sandpoint and Clark Fork Libraries and Bookmobile effective March 17, 2020 at 7:00 PM. We do not have an anticipated date of reopening at this time. Please stay tuned, updates will be posted here and on our social media sites.
Why are the libraries closing?
This was not an easy decision for us, but we value the health of our communities and staff. Given the nature of our very publicly shared space and materials, we are taking the advice of the public health officials and the American Library Association to close until further notice.
Why are the returns closed?
It's actually more helpful for us if you hold on to the things you have checked out until we reopen. If the returns are left open, staff will need to pick those items up, check them in, shelve them, etc., and that poses a potential risk to our staff. So, keep everything for now and enjoy it! Don't worry, you won't have any late fees!
Can you offer curbside pick up?
We considered this option but we do not believe it would be best practices as we are closed to help stop the spread of germs. With the nature of our items needing to be returned, unlike food services, we chose not to offer this service at this time.
Can I still put items on hold?
While we are not currently offering holds pick up, we will not be canceling any holds you have currently and any holds that have already arrived on the hold shelf will be waiting for you when we reopen.
Since we are not processing new holds, we have disabled the online option for materials that are available on our shelves. You can still put holds on materials that are currently checked out to someone else. Once we reopen, our holds options will be returned to normal settings.
What resources can I use online?
There are so many on our Digital Library! Download audiobooks and ebooks using Overdrive, Libby and Hoopla. Read digital magazines using Flipster and RBDigital. For educational resources, use Scholastic Teachables, Learning Express Library and more! Using our Digital Library, you can even take this time to learn to fix your car or study for your driving test!
And, if you don't have access to the internet at home, you can use our wifi from the closest parking areas to download materials!
If I have something overdue or my card is expired, I can't use the Digital Library. What do I do?
Anything that you checked out after February 24th has been updated with a due date of April 15th and our settings have been changed so that items won't become overdue after that point. We are also doing our best to make sure library cards do not expire during this timeframe.
If you are still unable to access a resource on the Digital Library, please call and leave a voicemail. We will get back to you as soon as possible.
How do I get ahold of someone to renew materials or if I have more questions?
Call the Library at 208-263-6930 to leave a voicemail and we will return your call as soon as we are able.
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