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Along with virtual events, no-contact system for picking up items on hold is launched in Estacada

COURTESY PHOTO: NICK FEWINGS, UNSPLASH - Though the building remains closed, books on hold are available for pickup from the Estacada Public Library.

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, staff at the Estacada Public Library have launched a no-contact pickup system for books on hold.

Titles can be reserved through the library's catalog at lincc.org or by calling 503-630-8273. Pickup times are available from 10 a.m. to noon and 2-4 p.m. and can be scheduled by calling the library.

Once patrons arrive at the library, they can call the holds pickup hotline — the number is posted outside of the building — and then walk to the area behind the Flora Community Room to pick up their items. A library card or photo identification is required for pick up, and patrons are asked to wear face masks.

Along with the holds pickup program, library staff have been hosting virtual events and an annual summer reading program while the building is closed because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Estacada library staff are following Gov. Brown's Reopening Oregon framework but noted it is too early to say when the building will open to the public again.

"Estacada Library staff are preparing for when we are able to open the library doors again, by purchasing supplies to comply with social distancing and safety measures. We are planning how to safely offer services during a still very active pandemic," Estacada Public Library Director Michele Kinnamon wrote in an email. "We will add on more services as it is safe to do so."

Kinnamon thanked "our library users who have been very gracious and supportive of our library closure, even though they miss the library."

"Our users have expressed their appreciation to us for caring about the safety of our community. We do miss serving our users in person and appreciate very much their positive notes, feedback and calls," she wrote.


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