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Library will turn page to next reopening phase

The next chapter in Deschutes Public Library’s phased reopening will provide the public with increased access to library buildings.

Starting Tuesday, September 1, Sisters Library will be open for more general use, Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m .; closed Sundays, Mondays.

“We are proud of the continued work of library staff to help make greater access possible for the public,” said Todd Dunkelberg, library director. “Opening our buildings helps bridge a concerning gap between those who can afford to access information and resources on their own and those who rely on the library and its resources.”

While Phase 2 allows greater access for the public, social distancing and public health and safety measures will be in place in all library locations.

• Face coverings are required for staff and customers over the age of five.

• Browsing is limited to 60 minutes per customer per day.

• A limited number of people at a time will be allowed in buildings to ensure proper social distancing.

• Limited numbers of computers are available for public use and must be reserved in person on the day of desired use.

• Printing and copying is available at no cost during Phase 2; faxing and scanning is also available free of charge.

• Services such as Homeword Bound, interlibrary loans (ILLs) and obituary research resume.

• All returned materials are quarantined for 96 hours before being checked in.

Customers who prefer to remain out of public buildings and spaces can still access much of Deschutes Public Library’s resources online at, including eBooks, digital audio books, streamable films and television shows and more. Outside (walk-up) pick-up of holds is also available for library customers who want to check out physical materials but are not able to enter buildings.

Public seating, meeting and tutor rooms, magazines, newspapers, board books, early learning spaces and museum passes are not available during Phase 2.

The latest information about Deschutes Public Library’s current operations can be found at their website.

Library customers with questions about the phases or their accounts can call or text their question to 541-617-0776.


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