Library Services Update

June 10, 2021

Siuslaw Public Library is expanding services as we can do so safely for patrons and staff. Here's a timeline of 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.


Now offering:

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

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

  • Public computers by appointment. Call 541-997-3132 to schedule. Monday-Friday 11:30 AM and 5 PM. Walk-ins welcome as space allows.

  • Browsing hours in Florence and Mapleton.


Beginning on June 14:

  • Expanded 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. One person or household at a time due to limited space.

  • One study room is now available for walk-in use. First come, first served, for up to one hour. Capacity is one person or one household (up to four people).

  • 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.


Beginning on July 1:

  • Temporary online library cards issued since March 2020 will expire. If you have already picked up your card and signed your application, no further action is needed. Otherwise, stop by the circulation desk to complete the application process and have your card reactivated for in-library and online use.

  • The Siuslaw Room will have one computer available for genealogy research.


When Oregon meets 70% target vaccination rate:

  • Public restrooms will reopen.

  • The regular lobby book drop will reopen. (In the meantime, the 24-hour drop is open at the back entrance, and we are taking returns in the lobby during browsing hours.)

  • Public seating will return.

  • The copier will be available for public use.


Coming soon:

  • Masks. Mask requirements and occupancy limits are subject to guidance from the state of Oregon. We do not yet know when these requirements may change.

  • 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.

  • Computers. More public computer access will be added soon.