Washington library expands access to book browsing

WASHINGTON — The Washington Public Library is continuing curbside book service while offering more access to express book browsing during October.

Patrons can now access express browsing of books without appointments from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Though not necessary, appointments can be made by calling the library.

Express browsing, copying, printing and faxing will be limited to 30 minutes.

The doors will continue to be locked, but individuals can ring the doorbell to be let in. The button is located by the handicap accessible button in the front of the library.

Library Director Bryna Walker said the goal was to unlock the doors this month but because of the recent surge in cases they have decided to wait.

Appointments will still be required for one hour of computer use. Printing can be done remotely on the “Printer On” app. For details on how to use patrons can call 319-653-2726.

The maximum number of people allowed into the library at a time is 17 people for all services.

Curbside pickup will continue to be the safest way to check out books, Walker said. The library still is offering 10 books per library card for kids, four books per library card for adults 18 and older and two DVDs per card.

Patrons under the age of 18 need to be accompanied by an adult.

The library also is increasing programming this month. Programs such as the Washington Writers Workshop and Sticks and Strings are back, Walker said.

Later in October they have a pumpkin decorating contest for kids and will be streaming a concert.