Newport Public Library offers ‘Library Take Out’

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The Newport Public Library has temporarily closed its doors until May 31, or until further notice in compliance with coronavirus precautions, but the full-time library staff is still working in the building and committed to providing everyone with reliable information and valuable services.

The Newport Library is offering limited check-out services in the form of Library Take Out. Patrons with library cards in good standing may place holds online or over the phone for items that are available at the Newport library. Library staff will check out up to 10 items on a patron’s card per week, and appointments to pick them up following health-conscious guidelines may be made.

Patrons must come during their scheduled 30-minute time slot or reschedule by phone. The 30-minute time slots are available during these times: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Mondays, 3-5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and noon to 3 p.m. on Fridays.

Patrons may place holds through the online catalog at encore.oceanbooks.org or by calling the library at 541-265-2153. Returned items will not be checked in immediately. There is a 72-hour quarantine period. Only one Library Take Out appointment is allowed per household per week. Patrons are asked to notify the library if someone else will be picking up their holds.

The staff is available to help library users via email or phone. Questions can be directed to library staff at 541.265.2153 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays, or by email at [email protected] Calls and emails sent during the weekend will not be addressed until Monday.

This decision was not made lightly. The library’s staff recognizes that the closure means some of the people who need the library most will not have access to the physical facility. If one of your friends or neighbors is struggling to connect with library resources, please encourage them to contact us directly. Staff is working with its community partners to develop a plan to best support the community. To protect employee health, staff is following guidelines from Lincoln County health officials.

In addition to offering physical resources, the library is continually developing new, online programming, opportunities and content to keep the community connected and reading during the COVID-19 pandemic. While the physical space is closed, Newport Public Library cards provide access to a world of digital content and other services for all ages, including downloadable magazines, eBooks, audiobooks, streaming video, educational resources and language tutorials. All are available at www.newportlibrary.org and free with a library card.

In the interest of extending digital services to individuals without a library card, a temporary eCard is available. This card will allow full access to the library’s digital holdings, like Hoopla, Lib2Go, Flipster and other databases.

The Library drive-up book drop is closed, but the book drops on the building are open on weekdays. Holds and due dates are being extended, so materials that are due during this closure may be kept until the library reopens. No fines will be incurred at this time.

The “Little Free Libraries” will continue to be stocked for as long as the free supply of books and magazines holds out. Find one in your area, and enjoy the pleasure of reading. Leave a book if you wish, or simply exchange your book when you are finished.

Donations are not being accepted during this closure, and there will be no interlibrary loan service during the closure.

Patrons’ health and safety, as well as that of the staff and volunteers, is the top concern of the library’s leadership.

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