October 2020

Dear Community,

Welcome to Fall! I am happy to say that all of our locations now feature walk-up hours of service in addition to holds delivery offered to all patrons who live in our library district. Every day we consider how to improve our services and provide more ways to access the library.

Along those lines, we are now offering a new service: Text and Go Holds! To start with, two days a week at the Corvallis Library, you can text ahead for contactless pickup of your holds. On Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 AM to 4 PM, signs will be outside of the library with a phone number you can text. When you arrive, just send a text with your name and last four digits of your library card to the phone number listed on the patio signs. We will check out your items, and call your name at the table outside when they are ready! Anyone can use this service, even if you also utilize delivery services.

As a reminder, due to procedures based on the most recent library-specific studies available, we are quarantining all returned library items for 7 days. This means items will remain on your account for at least 7-10 days before we can handle them. Thank you for your patience as we work to ensure the safety of our library materials for your use.

Lastly, I’m sure many of you have made use of a ballot box inside of the library before. Even though our facilities are not open, ballot boxes have been installed outside of our libraries so that you still have a secure place to drop your ballot, if you need to do so.

We have a lot more planned for the future, from services to programs. I want to thank you for your continued support of our safe reopening and new service models.