Carroll Public Library is offering curbside hold pick-up while the library is closed because of local and statewide coronavirus-prevention measures.
The service, scheduled to begin this week at the library’s updated location in the Farner Government Building on East 5th and Court streets, will be offered from 2 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Residents should place books on hold by using the library’s online catalog, calling 712-792-3432 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. It’s best to request specific titles — search them by going to www.carroll-library.org, clicking “Our Collection” and then selecting the catalogue. If people request library employees find them books in a certain genre, rather than requesting a specific title, there’s no guarantee they won’t have already read the book, and no exchanges can be made during the pick-up.
Holds should be placed before 2 p.m. on the day of pick-up; holds placed after that time will be available on the next pick-up day.
The library will contact patrons to arrange a pick-up time once their items placed on hold are available. There will be a sign outside directing those picking up books; library employees will come out of the library’s northeast door with the ramp.
There’s a limit of five items per card, with one pick-up a week. Patrons can’t return books during this time and should keep them until further notice. The service is for books only; movies, magazines and specialty items such as kits aren’t available while the library is closed.
The curbside service won’t be offered when it’s raining. Staff members will wear gloves and/or face masks when delivering library materials; patrons should remain in their cars.
The service’s guidelines could change, and the library is planning to offer it only while it is closed because of coronavirus measures.