Library Services Update

August 12, 2021

Siuslaw Public Library is expanding services as we can do so safely for patrons and staff. Here are some upcoming changes and additions. Questions? Contact 541-997-3132 or

Read a recent letter to the editor from Library Director Meg Spencer in the Siuslaw News.

Masks required:

  • As of August 13, the state of Oregon is requiring masks in any public indoor space. Adults and kids 5+ must wear a mask at all times in the library. If you're not able to wear a mask, give us a call at 541-997-3132 to discuss options for picking up your items at the door.


Now offering:

  • Expanded browsing hours in Florence (see below).

  • 24-hour book drop on Maple Street is now open for returns.

  • New express print station is available during browsing hours. No appointment needed. Ask at the reference desk.

  • Public computers will be offered during browsing hours without an appointment starting July 6. We will still have appointments available on Mondays and Tuesdays at 5 PM for patrons who prefer a less crowded time. Call 541-997-3132 to schedule.

  • Mapleton computer is available for one user a time, for up to one hour, during browsing hours.

  • Genealogy computer is available for one user at a time during browsing hours.

  • Study rooms are now available for walk-in use. First come, first served, for up to two hours per day.

  • Public seating is open for individuals or family groups.

  • Public restrooms are now open.

  • New library cards will now be issued on the day of application, with ID and proof of address. Stop by during browsing hours to apply, at least 30 minutes before the library closes.

  • Copier & scanner are now available for use during open hours. The copier accepts coins or bills up to $5; don't forget your flash drive to use the scanner.


Browsing Hours:

  • Florence is now open:


Monday       11 AM – 2 PM

Tuesday      11 AM – 2 PM

Wednesday  11 AM – 6 PM

Thursday     11 AM – 6 PM

Friday         11 AM – 6 PM

Saturday     Closed

Sunday       Closed

  • Mapleton is also open for walk-in browsing: Thursdays 12-5 PM. We are back to regular capacity.


Coming soon:

  • Donations. We are not able to accept donations of books or other items at this time. This depends on when all library volunteers, including the Friends of the Siuslaw Public Library, are able to return to the building and begin sorting materials and preparing for future book sales.

  • Meeting Rooms. At this time, we are not scheduling any meeting rooms for public use. Besides the current risk level, staff have used meeting rooms for staging and storage of many new programs and activities over the past year. We will need staff time and space to prepare the rooms for public use again.

  • Weekends. Weekend hours will return when we have adequate staff. Due to retirement and other staff leaving during the past year, we have a shortage of available hours. We’ll need to hire and train new staff before we can further expand the current public hours.