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Beginning Monday, patrons can use inside services for 15 minutes at a time; more time added as risk decreases.

PMG FILE PHOTO - Beginning Monday, the Tigard Public Library will offer browsing and other services for 15 minutes at a time as new Washington County high risk regulations go into effect. Last summer, Tigard offered curbside services, shown here.Tigard Public Library will allow inside access to services for limited times beginning Monday, April 26.

That's when the library will offer computer access, self-service pickup holds, browsing and access to public restrooms, Library Director Halsted Bernard told the Tigard City Council Tuesday night.

"We will do so in a limited capacity for limited amounts of time," she said. "We'll have a limited number of people allowed in the building at a time for 15 minutes at a time to start while we're in high risk."

Effective on Friday, Washington County moves from a "moderate risk" to "high risk" category for COVID-19 pandemic protocols, meaning tighter restrictions will be in place from then through May 6, including limiting the numbers of people allowed in buildings.

Jeanne Peloquin, Tigard Public Library communication and outreach coordinator, said the library has worked hard to maintain "safety protocols, create safer indoor spaces and devise new workflows."

She said once the risk decreases, plans are to expand time allowed inside to 30 minutes.

This will be the first time patrons have been allowed inside the building since shutdowns throughout the state began in March 2020, Peloquin confirmed. Since then, the library has offered a variety of no-contact curbside services, which will continue.

Tigard Public Library in-building hours are from 2 to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Face coverings and physical distancing will be required during those visits.

A soft launch of the new in-building times continues tomorrow (Thursday, April 22), from 10-11:30 a.m.

"This has been a year of constant adaptation, but our consistent, driving mission has been providing safe, high-quality library services to the community," Bernard said regarding the partial reopening. "We've been able to serve over 28,000 people through Library Takeout, but our goal has always been to reopen the front doors as soon as safety equipment and protocols made that possible. We're so excited that moment is finally here."  

While Tigard's neighbor to the south hopes to partially reopen at some point, it will wait until construction of its "makerspace" – a specialized room that houses equipment for creative endeavors – is complete, according to Jerianne Thompson, director of the Tualatin Public Library.

"We are continuing to offer holds pickup and printing by appointment, between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday," she said. "We also offer new take-and-make crafts each week."


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