Fort Collins libraries will begin curbside pickup of books, DVDs on Wednesday

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Who’s ready for some new reading material?

While Poudre River Public Library District’s Old Town and Council Tree libraries began accepting book, DVD and other library returns on Friday, Wednesday is the big day for book lovers.

Beginning Wednesday, the Old Town and Council Tree libraries will offer curbside pickup of materials put on hold by library card holders.

So, whether you’re in the mood to find out what’s next in the Harry Potter saga, or if you’ve been hanging on to the library’s copy of the “Downton Abbey” movie for going on two months, here’s what to know:

How do I reserve an item?

While you still can’t peruse either library’s shelves, you can reserve materials by visiting poudrelibraries.org or by calling 970-221-6740.

New holds were offered starting Monday, while any existing hold that predated the closure of the library will be honored. Once your items are available, you’ll receive an email or text letting you know it’s time to visit a pickup location.

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What will pickup look like?

Curbside pickup will be offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 3-6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and 3-6 p.m. Sundays, at:

  • Old Town Library, 201 Peterson St.; 970-416-8051
  • Council Tree Library, 2733 Council Tree Ave., No. 200; 970-416-8050

Be sure to wear your mask whether you drive, bike, ride or walk to your chosen library. When you arrive, call the library at the number above, and a staff member will bag your items and bring them to a table outside the library for contactless pickup. Be sure to maintain 6 feet of distance from library staff and other users while you wait.

Wait times will vary, so please bring your patience, too. Library staffing is limited due to social distancing restrictions.

A pickup slip with your last, first, and middle initials (in that order) will be stapled to the outside of your bag.

Library buildings remain closed, so you won’t have access to the lobbies, restrooms or other spaces. Harmony Library remains fully closed.

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When are my items due?

Procrastinators, rejoice: While drop-off sites opened Friday, you have until June 30 to return your otherwise long-overdue materials. The libraries suspended extended-use fees when they closed on March 14.

If you’re done with an item, though, someone else may enjoy using it sooner than the end of June. You can visit poudrelibraries.org for a full list of remote drop-off sites.

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What precautions are being taken with library items due to the coronavirus?

All returned items will be quarantined for at least three full days — 72 hours — before being checked back in and available to other library users, spokesperson Katie Auman said in a previous email to the Coloradoan. 

Auman said the quarantine period aligns with research that the virus doesn’t live on surfaces for more than three days. 

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Coloradoan content coach Sarah Kyle contributed to this report.

Coloradoan editor Eric Larsen can be reached at ericlarsen@coloradoan.com or 970-224-7745. Support journalism in Fort Collins and subscribe today at offers.coloradoan.com/specialoffer.

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