EVERETT, WA – Everett Public Library will begin offering curbside pickup as Snohomish County enters Phase 2 of the Washington State Safe Start Plan. According to the state’s safe start plan, libraries are allowed to provide limited services in accordance with strict health and safety guidelines.
Curbside library services will be offered six days a week at the main library, 2702 Hoyt Ave., in Everett. Curbside service will be available during the following hours: Monday-Friday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Curbside library services will be offered in accordance with all local and state health and safety guidelines issued for public libraries. Everett Public Library customers are invited to request library materials by logging onto their accounts at www.epls.org or by calling the Library at 425-257-8000. Customers will be alerted when requested items are available for check-out. Customers may come to the main library during curbside service hours and call the number posted on the sign. Library staff will check out materials and deliver them outside. Curbside service will be a socially distant, contactless service. In accordance with health and safety guidelines, library staff will wear face covering and maintain at least six feet of distance from customers.
During curbside service hours, returns will be accepted in specially marked bins on the Everett Ave. side of the building. Customers may place items into the bins, as staff are not allowed to directly handle newly returned items. Customers are encouraged to wear face coverings when coming to the library to pick up or return library materials.
Local and state guidelines require library materials be quarantined before being loaned to another customer. Customers should expect returned items to remain on their library accounts for at least 72 hours. Due to the quarantine requirements and limited access to portions of our collection, there may be a delay in making requested materials available.
Due dates on materials checked out in March or earlier have been automatically extended until August 31, 2020. Library materials may be returned before that date, but library customers are encouraged to keep materials at home. There will be no fines applied to library accounts at this time.
Library staff are available by phone to answer reference questions, recommend library materials, help place holds on library materials, and answer account questions. Phone lines are open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Customers are encouraged to call the Library at 425-257-8000 to ask questions and receive assistance.
Everett Public Library’s buildings and collections were closed to the public on March 12, 2020, due to the COVID-19 health crisis. During this extended closure, staff have provided access to electronic resources and virtual programs on the library’s website and social media sites.
“We are delighted to be taking these next steps to make the library more available to the citizens of Everett. We are a vital part of the community and want to provide as many resources and services as possible while keeping our customers and staff safe and healthy,” said Everett Public Library director Abigail Cooley. “Since our March closure, the staff has been exceptional at pivoting to offer resources and services to our users. While the world seemed to stop for a bit, it is evident from the nearly 1,000 new library cards issued, the 26,100 digital downloads and the 15,500 video views on Facebook that the community’s love for reading and the library never wavered.”
For further information, please call 425-257-8000 or visit www.epls.org.