Billings Public Library Prepares for July 1 Reopening to the Public

May 20, 2020
A Message from Gavin Woltjer, Director of Billings Public Library: 

Billings Public Library (BPL) staff is currently preparing your library to be reopened by July 1 in a limited capacity. We have missed your visits and are extremely thankful for your continued patience and support during this time.

Since March 16, BPL space has been utilized as a daycare center for the children of first responders and medical personnel. This partnership with St. Vincent’s Healthcare and the Billings Clinic is scheduled to end May 29. Once this partnership concludes, BPL staff will undergo rigorous tasks of deep cleaning the facility and continual sanitization of the physical collection to ensure your safety.

Once we reopen our doors, you’ll notice several changes in our operations that will continue to prevent the transmission of the novel coronavirus. Floor markings will help direct the flow of traffic and maintain social distancing, safety shielding will be at the service desks, and staff will wear PPE. We have enhanced our cleaning protocols, and social distancing measures will continue to be practiced throughout the public computer areas and reading spaces. Use of meeting rooms will be limited.

We ask that you help us by continuing to practice social distancing, staying home when not feeling well, washing your hands, and coughing and sneezing into the crook of your arm. Until we reopen, we will continue to serve you through our social media platforms, curbside services, and via email and telephone. Our intention is to provide a safe working environment for our staff, volunteers, and the many visitors we welcome daily to the facility. Please understand that this intended schedule may change based on new developments and community needs.

Starting July 1, during this limited capacity reopening, hours of operations will be modified:

  • Monday-Friday: 10am-6pm
  • Saturday: 9am-5pm

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email me: Be well. Be safe.

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