The Douglas County Library has resumed its normal hours. Normal meaning before COVID-19 closures and restrictions.

The library is now open Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“It’s been a very challenging 10 months,” said Library Director Dawn Dailey. “But we know we rose to the occasion and provided great service to our county.”

In 2019, the library staff checked out 331,970 items. In 2020, they checked out 199,776. That’s quite a feat, according to library leaders, considering the library was completely closed for inside service twice for a total of 12 weeks.

“We appreciate the public’s patience during this pandemic, and I applaud my staff who are using our new book sanitizer to keep materials safer, pulling items from shelves that were reserved online, bagging them, and braving the elements to deliver them curbside,” said Dailey. “I also want to give a huge thank you to the Friends of the Library volunteers for all their help. They have been amazing through all of this.”

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Curbside service continues Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

To further meet the needs of library users, there are:

  • Self-checkout machines in the children and adult area.

  • Take-and-make craft items which allow for a fun project to be done at home.

  • iPad classes available virtually and in person.

  • Online events like Chad Lewis’s Legends and Lore of Winter.

  • The Adult Winter Reading Program which began Feb. 1.

Children also have a winter reading program available to them during the month of February and there is a “take-and-make snowman craft event” that will be available via Zoom (you must register for this class).

For teens, the library has a “decorate your phone case using dried flowers demonstration” by new teen librarian, Holly Liftridge.

“Always make sure to check the library’s website for new and fun programing. Each month children, teens and adults will have new take-and-make crafts as well as zoom programing,” says Dailey. “Also, remember to ask for your preschool craft kit at the desk when you check out.”

The library is located at 720 Fillmore Street in Alexandria. The website is douglascountylibrary.org The phone number is 320-762-3014.