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Dickinson Library moves to Phase 3 of reopening

IRON MOUNTAIN — Dickinson County Library is moving to Phase 3 of its reopening plan on Monday.

Earlier this month, the library revealed a reopening plan with six phases, which is available on its website, www.dcl-lib.org. Phase 2 began June 15 with curbside services

Phase 3 will now allow for limited appointments inside the library buildings, but with restrictions to maintain the health and safety of the community and library staff. Starting Monday, patrons may request an appointment to access computers, register for a new library card, update a virtual card, renew a non-resident card, or to pay a bill; patrons cannot browse for materials or loiter in the library at this time.

During Phase 3, patrons will be required to wear a face-covering during their visit. Individuals may provide their own face-covering or there will be disposable masks available for 25 cents each. Time limits for computers have been shortened and appointments are available on a first-come-first serve basis.

Appointments are limited to a single patron per appointment, and those requiring an accommodation are asked to call the library to discuss alternative services.

To set up an appointment, call your local branch: the Main Branch in Iron Mountain at 906-774-1218, the Solomonson Branch in Norway at 906-563-8617, or the North Dickinson Branch inside the North Dickinson School in Felch at 906-542-7230.

If you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, (fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion, runny nose, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea), the library asks that you call and cancel your appointment and reschedule when you have been symptom free for 72 hours without medication.

Patrons may continue to request library materials and summer reading packets through curbside service during Phase 3.

The new phase will also coincide with the return of some Interlibrary loan (ILL) services.

“This means we may be able to request books that are not owned by our three branches,” said Megan Buck, library director.

Patrons may place holds using the online catalog or call their local branch to request materials. Not all ILL services have been restored, but patrons are encouraged to try placing holds that may not have been permitted during Phase 2.

“The Dickinson County Library would like to thank the community for their outpouring of support for curbside services and for their continued patience as we navigate these unprecedented times together,” Buck said.

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