Centralia Regional Library District Opens Building to the Public

July 1, 2020

The Centralia Regional Library District, 515 East Broadway, has been closed to the public since March 17th due to the pandemic. Library Trustees are pleased to announce the building will be opening to the public on Monday, June 29th. Hours will be Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. with the first hour each day reserved for seniors and other at-risk members of the community.

Masks will be required for all staff and patrons, including children, age two and above, and computer users. For those who can’t wear a mask, there will be curbside pickup; online resources for books, magazines, and movies at www.centralialibrary.org; and free Wi-Fi in the parking lot and Library Park.

Furniture has been removed and there will be no newspapers or new magazines for reading on site. In the computer lab, there will only be 6 out of 14 public computers operational. Remote desktop control is being installed so that staff may help patrons and still observe safe distancing guidelines. The microfilm machine will be available. Although not required, customers are being encouraged to make appointments for computer and microfilm reader access. Call 618-532-5222 extension 223 to make an appointment.

One of the biggest changes families will see is in the children’s area. The Learning Center will remain closed and all games, puzzles and toys have been removed. All seating has been removed including the furniture in the Teen Room.

The meeting room is closed and there are no immediate plans for in-person programs.

During the shutdown, patrons have been able to check out digital materials, including books, audiobooks, magazines, and movies. The Centralia Regional Library has also been offering curbside pickup service since June 1, 2020. The children’s Summer Reading Challenge began June 1, using the Beanstack app, so that families can track reading and earn badges virtually. Children who complete the challenge will be entered into the prize drawing in August. Summer Reading Registration and information is available at www.centralialibrary.org/2020/05/summer-reading.

The library is on Facebook at facebook.com/centralialibrary, where ideas to keep everyone safe, healthy, entertained and educated are posted; as well as community news items and events.

Library staff has missed seeing and talking with customers; and are more than ready to welcome the community back into the library.

Centralia Regional Library District Know Before You Go Guidelines

  • Curbside is still available by appointment only.
  • Use the outdoor book return.
  • Leave your bags in the car
  • Sanitize your hands before entering the building and sanitize your hands often.
  • Masks or face-coverings will be required for everyone 2 years of age and older. Bandannas, non-medical masks, scarves, and cloth may be used. We have masks available for free for anyone who does not have one.
  • One child per adult.
  • Children under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Keep a safe distance. One person per aisle in the stacks while looking for books. Maintain a distance of 6 feet at all times.
  • There is a 30 minute limit per patron per day for browsing, checkout, and other services.
  • The Learning Center in the Children’s Library will remain closed. All toys, games and puzzles have also been put away.
  • Computer use limited to one 60 minute session per patron per day. Only 6 computers will be available for use. Appointments encouraged.
  • One person per computer. No doubling up or sitting together at the computers as this will not enable safe distancing from other patrons.
  • No staff assistance available in the computer lab*. There will be no one-on-one appointments or personal assistance at the public computers.
  • Printing, copying, and faxing services will be available.
  • *Once remote access control is installed on lab computers staff will be able to provide assistance.