Library reopens to drop-in patrons


LUSK – Librarians worked hard to keep up with the demands of patrons to the Niobrara County Library during county-wide restrictions in response to COVID-19. They offered curbside pick-up and drop-off. Patrons were able to call-in or reserve books via the internet. Individuals could also make appointments to access the library collections. Even so, many patrons were missing their library time. 

The library building and services are so much more than books, movies and audiobooks. The Niobrara County Library, like many public libraries, is a place of entertainment, education, accessibility and safety. 

Patrons not only check out books, audiobooks, videos and other media. They access the internet, educational games, arts performances, historical information and data, story hour, children’s crafts and book and movie discussion groups. 

While they have not yet resumed full activities, many in the community will be happy to know that drop-in visits by patrons are again allowed and staff are working hard to return to “normal.” While restricting the number of people in the building is still necessary, it is a big relief to many to have access to the full range of the library’s resources again.

As one patron stated, “The staff worked so hard to keep the options open for the community it is such a relief to once again be able to stop by during my errands, checkout a new book, chat with the librarians and feel like things are getting back to normal.”

The library is back to normal hours of Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10 a.m to 6 p.m. and Wednesday 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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