Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response

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As a valued community space we have made every effort to assist in slowing the spread of COVID-19.

We are taking the first step toward opening our doors and in that effort we are delighted to offer a browsing/retail experience of our collection with limited access to computer services.  We are also pleased to announce that our curbside service has been expanded and is now available all of the hours that we are open.

We cannot, however, offer the opportunity to linger at the library.  As a result you'll notice that seating has been removed, or marked off limits, meeting rooms are unavailable, and youth computers and toys have been removed. 

Available Services

Our hearts go out to everyone as this pandemic is touching every aspect of life in some way. Be well.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are you doing to protect the safety of patrons and library staff?

The contactless curbside pickup model we are using provides maximum social distancing for the safety of our patrons and our staff.

Additionally:

  • All physical materials are quarantined for 72 hours when returned.
  • All patrons, including children aged 5 and up, are required to wear a mask to protect themselves and library staff.
  • Only individuals and family units are allowed in the library at this time. To foster social distancing, we cannot accommodate groups.
  • We perform regular disinfecting of surfaces.
  • Staff and patrons are protected by clear safety barriers at all service desks.
  • Staff wear masks and wash hands often when handling materials.

Please see details on our sanitization efforts

Are you sanitizing library materials?

The Library is closely monitoring the global coronavirus pandemic. The health and safety of the library staff, patrons and our community are of utmost importance. The procedures outlined below are based on the current research available from the medical and scientific communities regarding COVID-19. We are relying on the expert opinions of the medical profession, local and state health officials and the Center for Disease Control on the best ways to manage the pandemic in terms of library services and collections. As our understanding of the virus evolves, the Bud Werner Library will monitor and adjust procedures accordingly. 

Quarantine – Time is the Best Disinfectant

The best practice at this time is to quarantine items past the viability of the virus. Using an abundance of caution, the Library quarantines items returned in the book drop for a minimum of 72 hours. It is deemed the safest and most effective way to disinfect them after handling by staff or patrons. 

A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine on March 17, 2020 indicated that COVID-19 will persist on cardboard surfaces for 24 hours and on plastic surfaces for up to 72 hours. Based on this research, an appropriate quarantine time for paper or plain cardboard products would be a minimum of 24 hours, while an appropriate quarantine time for books covered in polyester (e.g. Mylar) or other plastics, as well as plastic-based materials such as CD’s and DVD’s, is 72 hours. 

Staff and Community Safety

Staff wear gloves and face masks when moving items into quarantine. They remove the gloves immediately afterwards so as not to accidentally touch anything else (like door handles). After removing the gloves, staff wash their hands for 20 seconds, following CDC guidelines

Additional Resources

I need help downloading an ebook, audiobook, video, magazine or music.

We are delighted to offer the option to download magazines, books, audiobooks, comics, movies, documentaries and TV programs from the convenience of home. If you need help getting these materials onto your phone or device, email or call John Major, Reference Librarian, at jmajor@steamboatlibrary.org, 970-367-4905.

Explore our Digital Collection

Can I reserve a meeting room or Library Hall?

Until restrictions on public gatherings are lifted, we are unable to accept reservations for use of our meeting rooms or Library Hall. Our staff, however, are available to answer any questions.

Submit a Meeting Room Question

How are you conducting curbside pickup.

We have an entire page and FAQ devoted exclusively to our curbside service. If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Michelle Dover at mdover@steamboatlibrary.org.

View our Curbside Service

What materials are available for curbside pickup?

All physical materials currently at the Bud Werner Memorial Library are available for curbside pickup: books, DVDs, music, etc.

When searching for titles in our online catalog, use one of the Quick Picks for Curbside lists to discover Bud Werner Materials that are on the shelf. Place holds on titles that start with the description of SSCL Bud and are On Shelf or Checked Out.  

Search the Online Catalog 

Video Tutorial to Discover Bud Werner Titles

Can I request items from other libraries?

The courier service that the library uses has suspended operations. You may, therefore, only borrow titles from the Bud Werner Memorial Library collection. You can still request materials from other libraries, but they will not be delivered to you until our delivery service is reinstated.

Discover what is on our shelves right now

Video Tutorial to Discover Bud Werner Titles

Can I access the wifi and use my personal computer inside the library?

Yes, provided you make a reservation for a public computer cubicle.

Since we have removed furniture in an effort to encourage a 'Walkthrough Library' environment, we are unable to accommodate long periods of personal or public computer use. You are always welcome, however, to use our wifi outside the building for as long as necessary. 

Make a Reservation for a Public Computer Cubicle Here

How do I return materials?

Please use the library's book drops either at the main door via Lincoln Ave, or in the wall near the Yampa River entrance. The City Market book drop is closed at this time.

To avoid cross-contamination of materials while using curbside pickup, please do not place items on delivery carts or tables.

Map of our book drop locations

Can I get books on a certain topic for a distance-learning or homeschool project?

Yes, you can use the Teacher Request form to ask the Children's Staff to assemble a number of materials on a certain topic for you or your student. 

Request Materials Here

Can I donate books at this time?

No, we ask you to please wait. Space within our facility is limited and other factors that go into the management of our donations have been suspended due to COVID-19.

Can I get something printed at the library while you are closed?

Visit the Lincoln Ave entrance during library hours and our staff will assist you with any research help you might need. Reserve a public computergain access to tax forms, register for the census, learn about the resources you can access from home, and avail yourself of our traditional printing, copying, faxing and scanning services.

You may also send your print request in advance of visiting the library. Send your document (.PDF, .DOCX, .CSV, etc.) as an attachment to budref@steamboatlibrary.org. Please include your name, phone number and email address. Black and white printing only.