North Central Regional Library has reopened book return boxes as of Aug. 10 and started curbside pickup on Aug. 13.

The services being reopened only apply to NCRL locations in Grant, Okanogan and Ferry counties, according to a July 31 news release.

All NCRL library buildings will remain closed to the public in all counties. Additional services will be restarted after all five counties in the library district reach Phase 3 and the governor has issued guidance to libraries on next steps for reopening, according to the release.

Library card holders are able to place holds on material available at their local branch online and then stop by between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. any day the branch is open to pick up the materials. The Quincy Public Library will be providing this service Monday through Saturday.

Once patrons drive up, they can call the library to let staff know that they are outside. Staff will then get the requested material(s) and bring it to a table outside of the main office. Patrons can then get out and get their materials from the table, said Schiree Ybarra, circulation supervisor at the Quincy Public Library. This creates a contactless exchange. Masks are required for all patrons utilizing curbside pickup, the release said.

All materials returned will be quarantined for 72 hours before being checked in, and no donations are being accepted at this time, according to the release.

Free Wi-Fi continues to be available at all library locations seven days a week. A recent project extended Wi-Fi coverage up to a 600-foot radius around all NCRL buildings.

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