Peninsula libraries change curbside hours, expand services

With peninsula libraries remaining closed until Clallam County reaches Phase 3 of Gov. Jay Inslee’s Safe Start plan, North Olympic Library System branches expanded curbside services in early October.

New hours for Sequim, Port Angeles, Forks and Clallam Bay branches are:

• Mondays, Wednesdays — 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

• Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays — 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

In addition, Sequim, Port Angeles and Forks branches are open on Saturdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

The hours change will result in six additional curbside hours each week and a consistent start time Monday through Saturday.

“The library heard from patrons that wanted curbside service to start earlier in the day, and others, especially on the West End, who wanted increased access after work, so we hope these hour changes will allow the library to provide better customer service,” NOLS Library Director Noah Glaude said.

“At this time, I don’t expect to extend curbside service hours beyond this new schedule. It’s important that the current open hours are sustainable, and the Library can staff them consistently during the pandemic.”

NOLS began offering curbside service in June, offering holds pickup, Grab Bags, returns, library cards, free masks and a pickup location for a variety of kits used during remote library programs

Library representatives say NOLS branches have been visited more than 20,000 times with nearly 60,000 items checked out.

For more information about library services and programs, visit www.nols.org, call 360-417-8500, email to discover@nols.org or follow North Olympic Library System on Facebook and Instagram.

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