If you take advantage of all the things that your local library has to offer online, you may forget to eat lunch today. Libraries, like so many other institutions, are closing their doors in order to help prevent the spreading of Covid-19 (coronavirus).
Most libraries are asking people to keep any books or materials that are checked out and enjoy them. Drop-off boxes are locked closed. There will be no late fines, and no need to keep renewing any overdue materials. Notices will be posted when the libraries reopen. All events, meetings, and activities that had been planned at the region’s libraries have been cancelled.
The Boulder Public Library locations are closed until at least April 19, and all materials now have a due date of April 30. This includes the NOBO location and Carnegie Library. The same goes for the Longmont Library.
Interlibrary loan service has been temporarily suspended. If you have an interlibrary loan item, keep it for now. Local libraries will work with the lending libraries to assure due dates are extended until re-opening time. Any items on hold for you will be held until the library reopens.
You can access books, music, and films online with your library card using the Libby or cloudLibrary lending platforms. Lyons library members can learn how to access digital resources on their smartphone, computer, or tablet here. Digital versions of magazines such as Country Living, Forbes, HGTV Magazine, Popular Mechanics, and Yoga are also available.
The Estes Valley Library also uses hoopla, another digital platform offering audio books, television shows, movies, music, books, and comic books. It is available for iOS Apple, Android, Kindle Fire, Apple TV, and Chromecast devices. Library members may stream or download a limit of five items per calendar month via hoopla.
Go to each library’s directory and click on Digital Library for instructions and links to sign up for these items. Have your library card number handy. If you cannot find your card, email the staff for help.
By the time your library reopens physically, you might have learned a new language or traveled virtually to Paris and seen the Louvre’s entire collection. You might have found an ancestor who crossed the Atlantic Ocean, or learned all the words to your favorite John Denver song. You may have lots of time now to discover these new pleasures.