Starting Sept. 8, the Sierra Vista Public Library will reopen the lobby and offer limited services, while maintaining some best-practices developed in response to COVID-19.
The library lobby will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday-Friday, and from 4 to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday. It will remain closed on Saturday and Sunday. The café inside the library lobby will be accepting orders to go during the daytime library lobby hours. All library book drops are now open.
The library facility itself will remain closed, but patrons may enter the lobby to pick up holds, sign up for a library card, request items, or return materials. A temporary computer lab will be open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon. The number of patrons accessing the computer lab will be limited.
Patrons are asked to maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet and wear a face covering when entering the facility. Those who are not yet comfortable entering the building, or who cannot wear a face covering, still have the option of ordering materials for outside pickup.
The Little Library Bookstore will remain closed at this time.
Library to go “fine free” Sept. 8
Effective Tuesday, Sept. 8, all past-due library fines will be forgiven, and items kept longer than their due dates will no longer accrue daily overdue fees.
But that doesn’t mean materials can be kept indefinitely without penalty. Patrons who keep an item past its due date may receive a bill for its replacement, and patrons will be charged for lost or damaged materials.
“The American Library Association has endorsed going ‘fine free’ to avoid the punitive stamp that overdue fines cause,” says Emily Duchon, the City’s Arts, Culture, and Education Division manager. “We want to encourage library patrons to come back and use the library, and fines tend to discourage return visits.”
The Sierra Vista Public Library joins a growing legion of libraries that have implemented fine-free policies, including Cochise, Maricopa, and Pima counties. Patrons with questions are asked to call the library at (520) 458-4225.