COVID-19 Update

Latah County Library District


All locations of the Latah County Library District closed on March 18, 2020 in response to the health risk posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The libraries reopened on June 29, 2020. 

We are happy to be open to serve you! On November 14, 2020 Governor Little returned Idaho to a modified Stage 2 of the reopening plan. We want to keep our libraries open but the ongoing surge in coronavirus cases in Latah and Whitman counties means we must be more cautious than ever with our safety protocol.

To ensure the safety of our patrons and staff, the following guidelines and requirements are in effect in LCLD libraries until further notice. Should the library director and board decide that a COVID-19 emergency exists in our area the LCLD libraries may close at any time. Service updates will be posted on the LCLD website and Facebook page.

  • All LCLD staff shall wear face masks while on duty to help prevent the potential spread of COVID-19 to others. Library staff and custodians shall follow established disinfection and sanitization protocols. Employees are expected to stay home if sick and notify their supervisor immediately if diagnosed with COVID-19 or if exposure to infection is suspected.
  • Library building occupancy limits:
    • Moscow:    25 patrons
    • Bovill:         6 patrons        
    • Deary:        5 patrons        
    • Genesee:   4 patrons        
    • Juliaetta:    6 patrons
    • Potlatch:    10 patrons in library portion; 8 in meeting room                                                                                                                                                                                             -   Meeting room may only be used during library open hours
    • Troy:            8 patrons in library portion; 4 in meeting room                                                                                                                                                                                                - Meeting room may only be used during library open hours
  • Patrons five years of age and older are required to wear face masks in all Latah County Library District libraries. Please stay home if you are sick.
    • Free reusable cloth masks are available at all libraries, including a smaller size for youth
    • Anyone wishing to wear a face shield must also wear a cloth or paper mask
    • Based on recent evidence, bandanas and hand-knitted masks are not effective enough to be considered acceptable face coverings. Neck gaiters are not recommended by the Centers for Disease Control.
    • "Face mask" is defined as any material that securely covers the nose and mouth, creating a barrier to help prevent respiratory droplets from traveling into the air. Face masks may be made of a variety of materials, including but not limited to, cotton, silk, linen, flax, wool, ramie, denim, polyester, or a combination of materials or paper. (City of Moscow Resolution 20-03)
  • Patrons claiming a medical exemption from wearing a mask in the Moscow Library will be offered several options for library services outside the building only. However, in-library computer use in such cases will be allowed on an appointment-only basis during limited times. 
  • Patrons must observe recommended 6-foot distance from others not in their household 
  • Library staff are required to maintain at least a 6-foot distance from patrons whenever possible. This may affect the level of service that can be provided.
  • Children under age 10 must be accompanied by an adult at all times
  • Patrons shall limit their stay to 15 minutes. As with the "6-foot rule," this is a guideline used to reduce potential viral exposure. A time limit is intended to reduce the amount of COVID-19 virus particles that could be shed in an indoor setting. Time limits for library patrons are also necessary to maintain the maximum simultaneous occupancy level. The overall goal is to protect all patrons as well as library staff who work in the building for extended periods.
  • Patrons not observing staff directives will be asked to leave. Law enforcement may be called upon.
  • The number of public computers has been reduced to allow for physical distancing. Computer sessions are limited to 30 minutes with no renewals. An additional 15 minutes will be allowed for browsing, picking up holds, etc. One person per computer, unless an adult using a computer has a child in tow.
  • Public computer keyboard coverings and mice are sanitized after each use
  • Plexiglas sneeze guard barriers are in place at all circulation desks
  • Patrons are asked to hold up library card and materials to check out to be scanned through barrier
  • Self-serve holds are available at Moscow
  • Curbside hold service will continue at Moscow, and at branch locations depending on demand. Check with your local library for details.
  • The Valnet library consortium has resumed courier service among participating member libraries, including the Latah County Library District. Limits on borrowing among Valnet libraries imposed since mid-March have been lifted. Participating libraries are required to observe the Valnet safety protocol. 
  • Touchless self-check machine is available at the Moscow Library
  • In Moscow, materials may be returned in outside book drop or on the greeter cart
  • Returned materials are quarantined for one week. You may not see returned items off your Valnet account until one week after drop off. The quarantine period is based on results of a study conducted by Battelle published in September 2020. 
  • All in-library programming has been suspended until further notice. Watch our Facebook page for youth and adult virtual program offerings.
  • Sorry, no donated materials accepted at this time

Updated January 12, 2021