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 Ironwood Carnegie Library

Re-opening Plan UPDATE

May 28th, 2020


The Ironwood Carnegie Library is working on re-opening our library for in-person services to meet the needs of our community. During the next several weeks, the staff will be coming back to do some work at the library, preparing it to re-open and becoming familiar with the changes we will need to make as we begin this process.  The public is not allowed into our buildings until after June 12th.

We continue to plan on opening the library in phases. These phases will be based on recommendations by local/state health officials and all state/federal requirements set forth for libraries and public places. We may need to adapt our activities during any of these phases, and we may need to revert to previous phases should health and safety require us to do so.


Here is a short summary of our plan as of today, May 28th,  2020.

Phase 1:

  • Contactless curbside pick up of library materials. We will have information as we get closer to offering this service, but you’ll be able to go online or call the library to reserve books and then come to the library for curbside pick up of your books, as well to drop off of your library books. There will be no interlibrary loans available when we begin our curbside service, so only Ironwood Carnegie books and resources will be available to put on hold. We may also do some limited home deliveries for vulnerable populations and patrons with disabilities. Our hours will be modified during this time.   We hope to have this service begin on June 15th and will post the opening date on our doors, on our website, on social media, and on our library telephone message.  We will NOT be accepting any book donations during this time.

    Phase 2:

  • Next, as we move beyond curbside services, you will have access to the library with some limitations. We are working on a plan to set up the library, so it is safe for both you and the staff and allows the opportunity to browse the stacks. Staff and patrons will need to follow all social distancing and personal protective equipment requirements in order to enter the library.  There may be services that are limited during this time such as access to public computers, using the children’s areas and studying at the library. We may need to limit the number of people inside the library at one time. Our hours may be adjusted. All in person library events will still be cancelled. We still will offer curbside services for those who prefer to stay outside of the library.  We will continually modify our procedures and services as the situation allows during this time, increasing and/or decreasing services, hours, resources, etc. based on the situation at hand.

    Phase 3:

  • Regular library services and hours will resume with any recommended social distancing guidelines still in place.


    The time frame for when we would move from one level to the next will be determined based on recommendations from health department officials and local/state/federal mandates as well as how prepared we are to move to the next level.

    Summer Reading Program:

    The pandemic will mean changes in this year’s summer reading program. We know that programming will look and feel different and may be limited to online programs, make and take crafts and projects, and perhaps later in the summer, very small groups.  We know how important our summer program is to our young patrons and this is perhaps the most difficult change for all of us…we love our summers at the library! Know that we still plan on doing a summer reading log that can be completed on paper or online and will be getting information to you within a few weeks.



No matter how we offer services, please know that we will work to make sure the library is as safe as possible for you and for the staff. Staff will be wearing PPE and we will make sure that areas in the library are cleaned. If you have questions, please contact us by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by leaving a message at 932-0203.

Be safe and stay healthy everyone! We can’t wait to see you again as soon as we are able to do so!




Lynne Wiercinski, Director

Ironwood Carnegie Library




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