The East Grand Forks Campbell Library is open to the public Wednesdays and Fridays through Aug. 31, said the library’s director, Charlotte Helgeson.
On Mondays, a limited number of appointments are available for patrons who want to come into the library to browse or use the computers when very few are in the building.
Library hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Everyone is required to wear masks at all times in the building.
Front door pickup service is available for patrons to request items through the online catalog, by phone at (218) 773-9121, or by email. A staff member will call and set up a time for the patron to pick up books at the library’s front door between 9 a.m and 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.
The seven-member library board plans to meet at 8 a.m. Aug. 26 at the library. Any member of the public who wishes to attend should contact Helgeson by Tuesday, Aug. 25, she said.
This month, library staff members will interact with the public and watch what local schools are doing in terms of reopening, Helgeson said. They are awaiting information from the local schools about whether “students will be in the classroom or at home at certain times, and if we need to be open and accessible to them or not,” she said.
“We have heard that parents of distance learners could use some support, and we’d like to be here for them," she said.
Staffing is an important factor, too, in opening the library to the public, she said.
“We have high school students who are working for us. We are down one full-time and one part-time person, which makes (staff) scheduling a challenge," she said.
The library’s September operating schedule may look different.
"Our intention is to be open two days a week, while continuing with front door pickup and an appointment day. I think that is the best scenario for what the public wants," she said.