Sno-Isle Libraries introduces limited in-building services at Brier, Edmonds and Lynnwood locations

Sno-Isle Libraries has introduced limited in-building services in 18 of its 23 community libraries — including those in Brier, Edmonds and Lynnwood — while all 23 libraries continue to offer contact-free services, including loans of laptops and Wi-Fi hotspots, and online services.

The library system said it studied which of its community libraries could safely offer “grab-n-go” in-building services while still providing contact-free delivery services.

“Our goal is to serve our customers under the evolving state health guidelines,” Sno-Isle Libraries Director of Public Services Rebecca Loney said. “We remain committed to the safety of our customers and employees.”

In Mountlake Terrace, construction is nearing completion on the adjacent City Hall project. Until that project is complete, conditions mean that Mountlake Terrace will also focus on contact-free services.

Customers will see changes when they walk into their community library. Most sitting areas have been removed to encourage customers to move through the library so that other customers can browse, too.

In-building services vary by location. Most libraries offering in-building services currently have browsing access to the collection. At some locations that is available in the library and in others the meeting rooms are set up for browsing a curated selection of items. Here’s a snapshot of what each local library offers, along with hours of operation. (Note that the first open hour is set aside for higher-risk customers):

Brier Library

Brier Library
23303 Brier Rd
Brier
425-483-0888

Contact-free pickup: 360-651-7176

In-building service hours:
Sunday and Monday: Closed
Tuesday and Wednesday: noon-7 p.m.
Thursday-Saturday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Available in-building services:
-Access to full collection
-In-library holds pickup
-Public computing
-Printing/copying/scanning

The Edmonds Library artwork will be included as part of this area that will be re-landscaped following removal of the book drop, which is no longer used. (Photo courtesy City of Edmonds)

Edmonds Library

650 Main St
Edmonds
425-771-1933
Contact-free pickup:425-771-1933

In-building service hours:
Monday and Tuesday: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Wednesday-Saturday: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sunday: 1-5 p.m.

Available in-building services:
-Limited collection in library
-In-library holds pickup
-Public computers
-Printing/copying/scanning

In-building services not available at this time:
-Access to full collection

Lynnwood Library

Lynnwood Library
19200 44th Ave. W.
Lynnwood
425-778-2148
Contact-free pickup: 360-651-7187

In-building service hours:
Monday and Tuesday: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Wednesday-Saturday: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sunday: 1-5 p.m.

Available in-building services:
-Limited collection in meeeting room
-Self checkout
-Remote printing

In-building services not available at this time:
-Access to full collection
-In-library holds pickup
-Public computers
-Copying

The number of customers allowed inside each library at a time is currently limited to not exceed current state guidelines. Customers are also asked to limit their in-building visits to 30 minutes or less. Customers can check out items using a self-serve kiosk or with staff, depending on each library’s layout.

Checkouts of laptop computers and Wi-Fi hotspots are available at all community libraries. In addition, in-building computers with printing, copying and scanning are available for use in Brier, Coupeville, Darrington, Edmonds, Granite Falls, Langley, Mariner, Monroe and Sultan. The public computers have medical-grade keyboards that are disinfected between customers.

Sno-Isle Libraries will continue to adapt to public-health guidelines and adjust services.

Due to physical space limitations, the Arlington, Clinton, Lake Stevens and Mill Creek libraries will continue to focus on contact-free services while coronavirus safety precautions remain in effect.

Go to sno-isle.org/locations to see operating hours and the specific in-person services each community library offers.

  1. A tiny error in the labeling of the Snohomish Library photo.

    I visited the Edmonds Library this last week and it was great what they have done. While there isn’t 100% access to the entire library; children have access to their reading area; there are special book displays hand-picked by the staff; you can use the printer and copier; and pick-up your “hold” items yourself. You can also choose between con-tactless interaction (utilizing a fancy new window they installed in the lobby) or limited in-library services. Go check it out! I personally think the staff is doing a great job given the challenges they are facing with this pandemic.

    1. Thanks for noticing that, Chris. We pulled it off the Sno-Isle Library site and obviously grabbed the wrong photo.

  2. Do we have any idea why they are getting rid of the book drop at the Edmonds Library? Or is it just moving?

  3. Hello Christine,

    Great Question! Are you asking about book the “donation” box for used books that was in the lobby? If yes, the Friends cannot accept donations of used books at this time. Because of the pandemic, our volunteers are not yet allowed in the Library to process the donated books, but more importantly, our book storage facility is full! We cannot accept any further donations. We are hoping to have a book sale later in the year depending on the status of the pandemic. If you are asking about some other book drop, then you need to contact the Library if you have questions. The Friends of the Library hopes that next year we will be able to return the book drop box to the lobby and continue as we have in the past. This is a temporary situation. Thank you for your inquiry.

    Chris (Friends Board Member)

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