The DeKalb Public Library plans to offer curbside pick-up as coronavirus restrictions loosen.
The service is meant to be a transition toward more in-person services at the library. It’s dependent on the state moving the region into Phase 3 of the governor’s reopening plan. But library Director Emily Faulkner said whenever that happens, patrons could reserve and check out library items, and even speak with a reference librarian.
“So if people are having a tough time with the catalog or they need assistance in trying to figure out, you know, you’ve read everything that you like that we have available. How do you figure out what the next great thing is to find? We’re going to be able to provide that service once we start offering curbside too.”
Deliveries between libraries are suspended, so checkouts would be limited to what the library physically has on site. Furthermore, returned books and other items would be quarantined for a week before they could be checked out again. Faulkner says the county health department has already approved the plan, but the exact time of rollout is dependent on the state’s guidelines.