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! Many public libraries in other states, including Washington, and some Idaho libraries, are still closed and only offering curbside holds pickup and online services. Since July, Latah County and neighboring Whitman County have been experiencing a significant surge in COVID-19 cases. We want to be able to stay open but the rise in cases means we must be more cautious than ever with our safety protocol.

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 to infection 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 take place during library open hours
    • Troy:            8 patrons in library portion; 4 in meeting room                                                                                                                                                                                                - Meeting room reservations may only take place during library open hours
  • Patrons five years of age and older are required to wear face masks in all Latah County Library District libraries. We ask you to please stay home if 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 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 non-masked patrons claiming a medical exemption. This may affect the level of service that can be provided.
  • Patrons are asked to limit their stay to 15 minutes
  • Children under age 10 must be accompanied by an adult at all times
  • Patrons not observing staff directives will be asked to leave
  • 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. Latah County cardholders may now place holds on materials owned by 19 Valnet library systems, including Asotin County, Latah County, Lewiston, and Prairie River. 
  • 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 October 8, 2020