Sit-down Access Begins in June

Sit-down Access Begins in June

Updated June 1, 2021:

The library is currently in the Sit-down Access phase of services. The library is open on Mondays through Thursdays from 10 AM – 7 PM and on Fridays and Saturdays from 10 AM – 5 PM. There are no longer time and capacity limits for visits. We encourage the use of face masks and social distancing for those that are not fully vaccinated. We will provide disposable face masks for those who would like one.

DURING YOUR VISIT, YOU CAN …

Browse the shelves, pick up holds, and check out materials.

Sit down and read a newspaper, use a study table, or enjoy the gallery and terrace. General seating will be available.

Use public computers for up to 50 minutes. A reduced number of workstations are available to maintain social distancing.

Copy, print or scan. Send a document to the library’s printer from a computer or mobile device.

 

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Provide access to our meeting rooms and study rooms.

Provide toys and games for use in the library.

Accept donations of items for the Friends Book Sale.

These services remain under review and will be adjusted as the library moves along its COVID-19 Preparedness & Response plan.

Protective Measures

Working together, we can stay safe and prevent the spread of COVID. For more detailed information, please see our COVID-19 Preparedness & Response Plan. 

  • We ask that you stay at home if you have experienced a fever or cold symptoms in the last seven days or have been in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed or is suspected to have COVID-19.
  • Face masks are optional, in accordance with state guidelines. We encourage those that have not been fully vaccinated to wear a mask and maintain social distancing.
  • We will provide disposable masks for those who would like one.
  • Hand sanitizing stations are provided throughout the library.
  • Virtual and contactless services are available for those concerned about visiting the library during this time.
Library Lockers

Library Locker Services

Use our library locker service to pick up books and other materials from lockers located just inside the double doors from the library parking ramp. Pickup is by appointment only during library hours.

Step 1: Request library materials. Use the catalog or library app to place a hold on specific titles. Select Stillwater as the pick-up location. Need help? Call the library at 651-275-4338. 

Step 2: Schedule a pick-up appointment. You will get an email when your items are ready. After receiving the notification, register for a library locker pickup on our calendar. Pickup must be scheduled at least one day in advance. No materials will be available for same-day pickup.

Step 3: Pick up your items on your appointment date from the library lockers. During your scheduled appointment time, please pull into the library’s ramp. There is a parking space reserved for locker pickups just a few steps away from the door. Retrieve your materials from the green lockers by the double doors. Lockers will be labeled alphabetically by patron last name. Materials are available in the locker for the day of your appointment only, and lockers are only accessible during library hours.

Due to the limited number of lockers and the size of the lockers, please understand that not all requests may be able to receive locker service. The lockers can typically hold up to 10 standard size books. If your holds include more than 10 books or oversized items, we ask that you come into the library to retrieve your materials from the holds shelf. In addition, items such as laptops and telescopes must be checked out from the public services desk.

If the library locker service is full or you have an available item that you would like more quickly, stop into the library and retrieve your materials from the holds shelf. Your item may be picked up during library hours. No appointment is needed. The holds shelf is located across from the Public Services desk on the lower level of the library.

Online Services

Whether we are open or closed, you can use the library’s collection of digital materials and online resources to keep informed and entertained.

    • Join in our virtual programs. Check out our event calendar for online classes and programs for kids, teens and adults!
    • Download ebooks, digital audiobooks and digital magazines through Libby. Need some how-to instructions? Check out our page on how to get started with eBooks, eAudio and eMagazines.
    • Watch and read along with video storybooks paired with nonfiction ebooks through BookFlix.
    • Access online tutoring with Homework HelpNow.
    • Learn a new language, research the stock market, prepare for a test, or take an online class. See our full list of research databases for online learning resources for all ages.

Do you need access to a laptop or a Wi-Fi connection to use the library’s online services? With your library card, you can borrow technology for use at home or on the go. Learn more! Need a free library card? Apply online.

FAQs

Do you have questions about available services during the pandemic? Check out the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions, or call the library at 651-275-4338.  

I have a question about my account, library materials or library resources. Is there anyone that can help me?
Library staff is available during library hours for assistance. Contact us by phone at 651-275-4338, email at splcirc@ci.stillwater.mn.us, or stop in. Feel free to leave a message anytime, and we will get back to you during our regularly scheduled hours.

Can I apply for a library card?
Apply for a library card in-person or online. Upon verification, you’ll get a library card number and pin to access library materials and resources.

What if my items are due? Is the book drop open when the library is closed?
Materials may be returned to the library’s exterior book drop when the library is closed to the public. The book drop is located just outside the parking ramp exit gate on the Third Street side of the library. Materials may also be returned to Washington County Library branches or Bayport Public Library. Materials may also be renewed online or by calling the library.

What is the status of programs, events and meetings at the library?
Many of our library programs will continue virtually at this time, with some programs being offered in-person. Check out our event calendar for a list of upcoming activities. Meeting rooms and study rooms are not currently available for use, and no future meeting room reservations are being accepted at this time.

Is internet access available when the library is closed to the public?
The library has a new Wi-Fi rest area. Connect to Wi-Fi on the library’s lawn and parking lot on Fourth Street. An initiative by Stillwater Public Library also provides internet access at home or on the go! Thanks to the generosity of the Stillwater Public Library Foundation, the library now loans Wi-Fi hotspots. These small mobile devices provide a wireless internet connection and are compatible with most laptops, tablets and cell phones. The library also lends laptops loaded with Microsoft Office. Learn more!

What is the status of other libraries in Washington County?
Washington County Library branches and Bayport Public Library are open with varying hours. Check their websites for more specific information.