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. 

To ensure the safety of our patrons and staff, the following guidelines 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 is suspected.
  • Library building occupancy limits:
    • Moscow:    25 patrons
    • Bovill:         6 patrons        
    • Deary:        5 patrons        
    • Genesee:   6 patrons        
    • Juliaetta:    6 patrons
    • Potlatch:    10 patrons in library portion; 8 in meeting room                                                                                                                                                                                             -   Meeting room reservations may only be made during library open hours
    • Troy:            8 patrons in library portion; 4 in meeting room                                                                                                                                                                                                - Meeting room reservations may only be made during library open hours
  • Patrons are required to wear face masks in the Moscow Library and are strongly encouraged to stay home if sick. Patrons are strongly encouraged to wear face masks in all branch libraries.
    • Free reusable cloth masks are available at all libraries, including a smaller size for youth
  • Patrons must observe recommended 6-foot distance from others not in their household
  • Patrons are asked to limit their stay to 15 minutes
  • Children under age 10 must be accompanied by an adult at all times
  • 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
  • Patrons not observing staff directives will be asked to leave
  • 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.
  • At this time, only materials owned by the Latah County Library District are available for placing holds
  • Touchless self-check machine is available at the Moscow Library
  • In Moscow, materials must be returned in outside book drop
  • Returned materials are quarantined for four days. You may not see returned items off your Valnet account until four days after drop off. The quarantine period is based on a study conducted by Battelle in June 2020. 
    • LCLD is now fine-free! No late fees will accrue on your account.
  • All in-library programming has been suspended until further notice. Watch our Facebook page for youth and adult virtual program offerings.
  • No donated materials accepted at this time

Updated July 20, 2020