HURON — Huron Public Library director Shirley Appley announced Tuesday afternoon that the library will close until March 30, based on a statement from the American Library Association. The Association statement said that all academic, school and public libraries should close until their local health organization or emergency management system says it is safe to open the library.
“With recommendations from Board members, staff, ALA and health organizations, I will be closing the library at 8 p.m. tonight (Tuesday) with consideration of reopening on March 30.”
Appley said her staff will be working during the time of closure, cleaning and disinfecting the library and the contents. The libary will offer curbside service to patrons who need materials, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., and all materials checked in and out will be disinfected. All hotspots have been recalled and will be available to the public when the libary is open again for full service.
“This is a tough decision to make,” Appley said. “It is times of crisis that the public need libraries. Our presence will be there via social media, phone service and curbside service.” It’s important to remember that during curbside service, other library services - copying, reference services, etc. - will not be available.
Huron Library Curbside Service
Go to http://www.huronsd.com/living-in-huron/huron-public-library and log in to your account. (Remember your login is your library card number and your password is your last name all in capital letters.) Patrons can also use the Librista app.
Up to 10 items may be place on hold or reserve and in the comments section, type “curbside pickup.” For direct assistance, all the library and ask for help over the phone.
When all the items are collected and checked out, the library will contact you for pickup, via your preferred method of contact. Items will be held for up to 24 hours.
Park in the “Curbside Service Parking only” area when arriving to collect your items. Then call 353-8530 and let the library staff know you have arrived. Make sure your have your library card or identification ready for verification, collect your items and you are on your way.
Items may be returned through the outside book drop.