Billings Public Library Plans to Re-Opens to Public Ahead of Schedule

January 21, 2021 | Billings Public Library Media Release

Billings Public Library is shifting gears from its earlier plan of extending its closure to the public up to March 8, 2021 to re-opening to the public on February 1, 2021. Hours of operation are scheduled for 10am-6pm. 

The following services will be available during this time:

  • 30-minute visitation limit for all patron visits
  • Seven (7) public computers will be available for 30 minute sessions (cleaning protocols implemented); patrons may not renew computer sessions
  • Online programming only
  • Furniture will remain unavailable for patron use
  • Archives, Tech Lab, Study Rooms, Community Room, Genealogy Room, microfilm readers, and Yellowstone Board Room remain inaccessible for the public
  • Continuation of curbside services M-F; 11am-5pm
  • Café reopened
  • Bookmobile, Homebound, and Senior Outreach services continue with current operational status

“This plan is thorough, practical, and achieves the goals of serving the public while ensuring the safety of staff and those who utilize the facility,” Library Director Gavin Woltjer said. “In the event that the virus spikes again in the County, management will evaluate operational modalities and consult health officials as we have throughout the pandemic. If changes need to occur, we will do our best to communicate these changes with the public and our community partners as soon as possible.” 

Masks are mandated for all staff and public inside the library.

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