Gilpin Library expanding hours

Returning to a more normal 6-day open schedule

By Michael Carlson

Starting March 20th the Gilpin County Public Library will be expanding operating hours. In order to better serve our patrons, the Library will be offer more evening hours along with reopening on Saturdays. The passage of the ballot initiative this past November along with the county achieving Level Blue on the state’s COVID dial has allowed us to start hiring staff and restoring some services. The new hours will be Monday and Wednesday 10 am – 2 pm; Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10 am – 6 pm; and Saturdays from 10 am – 2 pm. We are hoping that as we get closer to summer we will be able to bring on additional staff and expand hours further as more people are vaccinated.

In recent months, the Library has slowly started the process of returning to normal. We have once again started to order new items for the collection. Patrons who have visited lately have seen a huge increase in the number of books and movies we have been receiving. The Library has also reactivated our popular online streaming movie service from Kanopy. Patrons can visit our website to learn more about streaming movies from the comfort of their own home.

One area that unfortunately won’t be returning to normal for several more months is the use of our community meeting room. Local community groups and organizations have always been welcome to use our meeting room for free. As part of our efforts to provide computer access for those with limited internet access, the meeting room has been turned into a computer lab. The meeting room was the only place in the Library large enough to allow us to spread out the computers and socially distance. The computers have been critical for those in the community needing to file for unemployment benefits. Until the computers can safely be moved back to their original location, the meeting room will remain closed for group gatherings.

Please stay tuned as we continue to work to restore more services. Hopefully by this summer we will be able to open even more hours and start planning for in person programs.

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