COVID-19 Reopen Protocols
This site was last updated on Oct. 16, 2020.
The West Fargo Public Library reopened to the public Monday, July 13 after being temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Following Cass County's move to a High (Orange) Risk Level on Oct. 16, 2020, the West Fargo Public Library has implemented the following additional measures, with regard to events and programs:
The West Fargo Public Library will no longer host any in-person, indoor events. Events will now either take place virtually or outdoors, as weather permits. Patrons can view our website calendar or Facebook page to stay up-to-date on event changes. For all outdoor events, masks will continue to be encouraged and social distancing measures will be in place.
The West Fargo Public Library is now open regular hours.
- Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. (closed Sundays Memorial Day through Labor Day)
The only adjustment to the regular schedule is that from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday through Friday, the library is devoting one hour of time to accommodate seniors over the age of 65 or high-risk individuals. Other patrons are encouraged to wait until 11 a.m. to visit the library.
While visiting the library, patrons are encouraged to wear face coverings, sanitize frequently, help maintain the cleanliness of the library, and follow social distancing protocols as defined by the CDC. To help encourage this, disposable masks are available to patrons upon entering the building. Sanitation stations are available throughout the library and wipes are available for patrons using tables and computer areas.
Additionally, library furniture has been rearranged and there is limited seating available. Floor markings are placed throughout the library to help patrons keep 6 feet of distance from each other. The library is not taking reservations for meeting rooms until further notice. The library is also monitoring the number of patrons in the building to ensure the library does not exceed 25% capacity.
Computer access is limited throughout the library to help facilitate social distancing as well. Use of computers is limited to two hours of use per patron per day. Laptops are available for in-library use only for library cardholders. Patrons can also bring their own devices and use the library’s free public Wi-Fi.
To further accommodate social distancing, plexiglass has been installed at the service desk and access to library staff may be limited at times. Patrons are encouraged to check out items using the library’s self-checkout machine.
The West Fargo Public Library continues to work closely with fellow City of West Fargo departments to monitor the situation surrounding COVID-19 and to devise plans for response that are in the best interest of public safety, while continuing to provide public services.
The West Fargo Public Library encourages patrons to join the library and City of West Fargo in following the guidelines of Fargo Cass Public Health, North Dakota Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help limit the spread of coronavirus. The West Fargo Public Library will continue to share updates regarding its response to COVID-19 and any operational changes on Facebook and www.westfargolibrary.org.
The library is still offering virtual genealogy assistance by appointment. Those interested in this service can sign up for an appointment online at calendly.com/westfargopubliclibrary.
For a contactless library experience, patrons can take advantage of in-library pickup by placing holds via phone, email, online catalog, or the book bundles request form. Patrons may retrieve their held items from the designated shelf in the library and use the self-checkout machine to check out the items.