The library has made efforts to reduce exposure to COVID-19, but the risk of infection cannot be eliminated! To further reduce your risk, consider using curbside service and online resources.
This decision was not undertaken lightly—we understand that some people are not comfortable with mask-wearing. We want to be able to stay open and serve our patrons. However, with the rise in Covid-19 cases across the state and in order to comply with the Governor’s proclamation, we cannot continue to stay open safely without requiring masks. Starting November 17, masks will be required of all library visitors ages 6 and up.
If you forgot your mask, staff will have masks available for purchase at the circulation desk for $0.50.
If you are uncomfortable wearing a mask for any reason, many of the library’s services and resources can be accessed outside of our building. We will be happy to help you through curbside service, digital resources, by phone at 712-722-2138 or by email at email@example.com
If you require an accommodation regarding this face mask and face-covering policy for reasons based upon religion, medical condition or disability that prevents you from safely wearing a face-covering (e.g., certain respiratory, heart, or sensory issues), or other grounds protected by federal, state, or local laws, please contact Heidi at Heidi.Ouwinga@siouxcenterlibrary.org or 712-722-2138, before your visit to the library. You may request the accommodation orally or in writing. To that end, if requesting an accommodation, you should include a basic description of the reason for the accommodation sought. To help guide you, the following is a non-exhaustive list of potential accommodations:
- Order by telephone for curbside pickup 712-722-2138
- Digital resources are available on our website https://siouxcenterlibrary.org
- Browse the library’s collection during off-peak times, during which social distancing may be safely maintained
Programs and Events
In order to comply with the Governor’s November 16 proclamation which restricts the number of people gathering together, some library programs and events have been cancelled, postponed, or changed. If you registered for one of these events, you will be contacted by the library.
Events of fewer than 15 people that are allowed under the Governor’s proclamation will continue to take place, but masking will be required.
- Monday: 9:00-9:00pm
- Tuesday: 9:00-9:00pm
- Wednesday: 9:00-9:00pm
- Thursday: 9:00-9:00pm
- Friday: 9:00-5:00pm
- Saturday: 9:00-1:00pm
Guidelines for Public to Follow
- Patrons are advised to follow the CDC guidelines and maintain a 6 foot social distance from others.
- If you have a fever, cough, or shortness of breath, please do not enter the library.
- Children 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
Curbside Service Available
- Please note that you need to submit a request ahead of time (online, phone, or email) and wait for an email or text notification that items are ready to be picked up.
- Please stay in your vehicle or six feet away until the library staff places your items on the table.
- We encourage you to reserve items online via our catalog. Please contact us if you need your PIN reset. The video below explains how to reserve items online.
Electronic Resources Available 24/7
Check out our wide variety of electronic resources.
- eBooks and eAudiobooks (Cloud Library, OverDrive, rbdigital, Hoopla)
- Magazines (rbdigital, OverDrive)
- Music (Hoopla)
- Movies and TV shows (Hoopla, rbdigital)
- Online courses (LinkedIn Learning with Lynda)
- Language learning (Transparent Language)
- Online tutoring (Brainfuse)
- If you have recommendations for eBooks or eAudiobooks, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- These electronic resources are available FREE of charge to all Sioux Center and rural Sioux County residents.
- In light of the COVID-19 situation, we are offering a 50% discount on a year’s worth of electronic resource access for residents of surrounding towns ($20 for Iowa residents, $30 for out of state). Please call us at 712.722.2138 if you would like to subscribe to these resources.
- We are currently working with our vendors to reduce barriers to access. We have worked with the following vendors to remove the $5 fine limit that used to block you from accessing eBooks.
- Cloud Library
- Brainfuse Online Tutoring
- We have doubled your allotted checkouts on Hoopla from 3 to 6.
- Foundation Directory (grant search) will be temporarily available to you from home (it is usually only available within the library building).
Digital Library Cards Available
- Fill out this form to apply for a digital library card from the safety of your home. This card can be used to check out items at Curbside Service or, if eligible, to access our electronic resources.
Meeting Rooms Open to the Public
- Beginning August 1, the meeting rooms will once again be open for public use. To reserve a room, please click here. Patrons are responsible for maintaining appropriate social distancing guidelines when using these rooms. Rooms and high-touched areas will also need to be sanitized by the user prior to leaving the library.
WiFi Available in Parking Lot 24/7
- We know not everyone has internet access at home. We are committed to keeping our WiFi on 24/7 during this COVID-19 epidemic. You are welcome to use the WiFi from your car in the parking lot or inside the library building.
- Sign up for the library’s weekly email newsletter to stay informed of future developments.
- Follow the library’s Facebook page to see daily posts of fun activities to keep you and your family busy during this time at home.
- Please do not hesitate to contact us if there are other ways we can assist you at this time.
- We realize this is a rapidly changing situation, and we will continue to post updates here as they develop.
Reliable Sources of Information on COVID-19
- Iowa Resources & Information
- United States Resources & Information
- Worldwide Resources & Information
- Local Resources & Information