Library Browsing: Frequently Asked Questions

Spring 2021


We are excited to announce that with Lane County moving into the moderate risk category, we are now open for limited in-person browsing hours!


The State of Oregon considers libraries part of the retail classification of businesses and services, and so the same Covid-19 restrictions that apply to stores will be in place at the library. The Siuslaw Public Library District will continue to add services, hours, and programs over the coming months as our community continues to successfully fight back against Covid-19. 


When is the library open? Can I come in to browse?

We are now open for limited browsing hours. Currently our browsing hours are Monday-Thursday, 11 AM - 2 PM, and Friday, 11 AM - 6 PM. We hope to add some weekend hours soon. Our Mapleton branch is open for browsing Thursdays, 12-5 PM.

Do I need an appointment for browsing?

We welcome walk-in traffic during browsing hours. You do not need an appointment to enter the building during those times.

Do I need to wear a mask, even if I’ve had the Covid-19 vaccine?

Oregon still has a statewide mask mandate in effect. You will need to wear a face mask covering your nose and mouth to enter the building, and the entire time you’re here. (Face shields are not considered an effective alternative to masks.)

What if I can’t wear a mask?

Current Oregon law requires anyone over the age of five to wear a mask while accessing a public indoor space. If you are unable to wear a mask, we can accommodate you through our curbside pickup program.


What’s available to check out? How many items can I check out?

You can check out books, DVDs, games, magazines, etc. Our regular checkout limits apply.


How do I check things out?

We have new touchless self-checkout stations at the front desk, which you are encouraged to use. Please remember to bring your library card. Staff are also available to assist you with checkout if you’re not able to use the self-check stations.

Are you still offering curbside pickup?

Yes! For now, we are offering both browsing and curbside pickup. You can request curbside pickup and collect your items the next day. We’ve moved the pickup area into the library, directly across from the checkout desk.

How do I return items?

Our return bins are still in the lobby during browsing hours. We are continuing to quarantine items for 24 hours before checking them in.

I applied for a temporary card during the closure. How do I get my real card?

During browsing hours, you can come to the library and pick up your new card. You will need to bring photo ID and proof of your local street address (such as driver’s license, sale or rental agreement, or first-class mail addressed to you). See proof of residency options here.

How do I get a new library card?

Stop by during browsing hours. We will have you fill out a library card application and ask you to return the next business day to pick up your card. You’ll need photo ID and proof of your local street address (see above). If you are a non-resident wishing to purchase an out-of-district library card ($15 for three months or $50 for a year), we will accept a check or the exact amount in cash with your application.

Can I bring my kids with me? Is the children’s room open?

You are welcome to bring your kids in to select books. We do not have seating or toys available in the children’s area, so you may want to prepare them before visiting that you’re only there to choose books to take home. We’re not able to accommodate play groups or meetups right now.


Can I do work or sit and read at the library?

During browsing hours, we are asking everyone to select their materials and move on as quickly as possible. We do not have seating available for reading, studying, or computer work.


Can I schedule a meeting at the library?

Our meeting rooms and study rooms are not currently available. 


Are you offering library programs?

We are continuing to offer virtual programs, but nothing in-person at this time. Sign up for our monthly email newsletter and watch our social media for program information. Storytime is every Tuesday and Friday at 10:30 AM on Facebook Live.

Can I use a computer?

We are still offering public computers by appointment only. Call 541-997-3132 to reserve your one-hour spot, or stop by the library to make your reservation during browsing hours. Walk-ins are welcome as space allows. Computer appointments are Monday-Friday, 11:30 AM and 5 PM. We have a catalog computer available for looking up items while you are in the library. We are also offering limited access to the family history computers in the Siuslaw Room. Call us for details.


Is the restroom available?

Our restrooms are not yet open to the public.


Are you accepting donations?

At this time, we are not accepting donations of books, magazines, or other materials. Volunteers from the Friends of Siuslaw Public Library are not currently able to come in and process donations.

Siuslaw Public Library District


In Florence:

1460 9th Street | Florence, OR 97439

ph. 541-997-3132


In Mapleton:

88148 Riverview Avenue | Mapleton, OR 97453

ph. 541-268-4033

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