The Hillsboro Public Library is open! Needless to say, things look and operate a little differently than they did before the pandemic began (the state of things throughout Washington County Cooperative Library Services, not just Hillsboro). Nonetheless, your library is ready and eager to serve you.
The doors at Shute Park and Brookwood are open from noon to 6:00 every day for browsing the collection and in-person holds pickup. The library simply asks that you limit your visit to 30 minutes. Internet computer and WiFi table access is back (no reservations; first come, first served; one hour limit). Additionally, self-service print, copy, scan, and fax equipment (including ‘Print from Anywhere’ wireless printing) is up and running. New library cards are being issued and assistance regarding existing library account questions is available. And don’t forget, 24-hour, outdoor materials return is operational too.
But wait, there’s more! Some library services instituted while COVID-19 precautions required the buildings’ temporary closure continue to be offered. For example, curbside pickup of holds and print jobs (10:00 am – 6:00 pm, every day). Also, pre-assembled ‘Surprise Bundles’ in a variety of categories to check out and take home.
Yes, Hillsboro, your public library is anything but closed. In fact, they’ve been busy launching new facets like the ‘Book a Librarian’ service. Appointments may be made via a link from the Library’s page on the City of Hillsboro website to obtain information and/or assistance from a librarian over Zoom or the phone. Additionally, library events and programs are occurring. They’re virtual, online experiences for the time being. While at the Library webpage exploring ‘Book a Librarian’ and the other services presently offered, the calendar of events may be viewed too.
The Hillsboro Public Library says, “come on in.” Please remember, just like the staff members, visitors must wear masks and observe social distancing guidelines. Don’t worry, the Library will give a mask to anyone who doesn’t bring one of their own. The Library also asks visitors to please refrain from bringing food and drink into the buildings at this time.
“Library services look a little different but we’re still so very happy to help however we can, safely and with extra care and caution to protect our staff, volunteers, and community.” –Hillary Ostlund, Library Director