The Carnegie Public Library in Trinidad will open with curbside service beginning Thursday, May 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and continuing on weekdays, COVID-19 pending.
The service includes pick-up of materials, copies/prints, faxes and scans. The library will also be offering “take-and-make” crafts for children to pickup and complete at home.
“This is kind of a soft opening,” said Carnegie Library Director Mallory Pillard. “The doors won’t be open to the public, but we are trying to offer some services at curbside here — the services that we can safely.”
To take advantage of library services Pillard said patrons should call the library at 719-846-6841 to request materials, or go to https://carnegie.catalog.aspencat.info. Patrons will then call the library again when they arrive and staff will meet them with their requests. Pillard thought there might also be a table set out for patrons to pick up materials at.
If patrons need a document printed, they should e-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wrote Pillard outlining the opening, “We take our patrons’ health seriously! Materials will be sanitized upon check-in. Staff will be wearing masks, and we expect our patrons to wear masks, as well as maintain social distancing requirements. Not comfortable with coming to the library yet? Remember that we have an online collection for e-materials that can be viewed at https://coloradodc.overdrive.com/. Patrons are encouraged to call the library with any questions.”
Pillard wasn’t sure how long the library might be following this new mode of operation. “For the foreseeable future,” she said. “We’re trying to do what we can with limited resources. The city laid off six out of the eight workers here at library. So it’s just me and one other person, but we think we can at least handle the meat of what we do here at the library. There are people that need tax form help and unemployment form help and there are reference questions we can handle over the phone. We just want to do this as safe and contactless as possible. We know people have time on their hands now, too, and a book, or a movie is helpful.”
With library staff reduced to just two people, Pillard is prepared for an adjustment but is confident patrons will understand.
“I hadn’t considered trying to run a library with two people,” said Pillard. “So we’ll do the best we can. There will be some trial and error, but two of our values are ‘adaptability’ and ‘service to everyone,’ so this is our opportunity to prove that. We miss our patrons and miss seeing them. We’ll both have to muddle through and make the best of an odd situation…
“We do appreciate the patience of public. Since we have a limited staff it might take us a little longer to fill a request, but we know our community has been supportive to others that have already had to do this.”
Going to the library in the time of COVID-19?
Trinidad Carnegie Public Library
The Carnegie Public Library will be open for curbside service beginning Thursday, May 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. We will be open for this service on weekdays only. Curbside service includes pick-up of materials, copies/prints, faxes and scans. If patrons need a document printed, they should e-mail it to: email@example.com.
Patrons can order materials online at: https://carnegie.catalog.aspencat.info, or call 719-846-6841 to request materials. Please note that items can only be ordered from our local collection, as courier service is not yet delivering items from other libraries.
To pick up from the library
Patrons must call when they arrive or on the way (as the library building is not open) and staff will meet them at the car with their requests. Patrons will park in the designated spot on the southeast (back entrance, accessible from Church Street) of the library, and pull into the parking spot one at a time. There is street parking if a patron is waiting in line: please do not block in any car.
We take our patron’s health seriously! Materials will be sanitized upon check-in. Staff will be wearing masks, and we expect our patrons to wear masks, as well as maintain social distancing requirements.
Not comfortable coming to the library yet?
Remember that we have an online collection for e-materials that can be viewed at https://coloradodc.overdrive.com/. Patrons are encouraged to call the library with any questions.