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Libraries Offer Options for Vulnerable Individuals

With the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department COVID-19 Risk Dial now at “Orange,” indicating a high risk of the virus spreading, Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) reminds users that safe options for service are available to individuals who are more vulnerable to illness and to those who care for them.

Safe service options include:

  • Materials may be reserved online. For assistance with online reservations, call your branch library.
  • On Fridays from 10 to 11 a.m., all library locations are reserved for patrons especially vulnerable to illness. In addition to masks and distancing, additional safety measures, such as staff temperature checks are employed.
  • Curbside pickup of reserved materials can be arranged by calling your preferred branch.
  • Call LCL at 402-441-8500 to register to have materials mailed to you.

All library locations resumed regular walk-in service hours June 22. COVID-19 protocols include the following:

  • Face coverings and distancing are strongly encouraged. Effective July 20, face coverings are required in conformity with the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department’s Directed Health Measure.
  • Visits will be limited to one hour with building capacity controls in place. Effective July 15, you may be able to “renew” your library visit for one extra hour if the building’s capacity has not been reached.
  • Computer sessions will be limited to one per day.
  • Study and meeting rooms are not available.
  • Seating is limited due to temporary removal of chairs to promote distancing.
  • Newspapers may not be available at all locations.
  • Donated materials will not be accepted.

Lincoln City Libraries offers online service 24 hours a day including downloadable eBooks and audio books, as well as business, consumer and employment resources.

Libraries Now Open

All Lincoln City Libraries are open again to the public on their regular schedules.

Patrons are encouraged to continue using online services to browse titles and reserve materials. Those who feel sick are encouraged to stay home. Customers may now enter the libraries to pick up reserved materials. Curbside pickup of reserved materials can be arranged by calling your preferred branch.

COVID-19 protocols include the following:

  • Effective July 20, face coverings are required in conformity with the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department’s Directed Health Measure.
  • Visits will be limited to one hour with building capacity controls in place. Effective July 15, you may be able to “renew” your library visit for one extra hour if the building’s capacity has not been reached.
  • Computer sessions will be limited to one per day. Effective July 15, you may be allowed a second computer session if your library visit is renewed for a second hour.
  • All returned materials will be quarantined for 72 hours before being checked in and returned to shelves. No overdue fines will be charged through August 12.
  • Study and meeting rooms are not available.
  • Seating is limited due to temporary removal of chairs to promote distancing.
  • Newspapers may not be available at all locations.
  • Donated materials will not be accepted.
  • All locations are reserved from 10 to 11 a.m. Fridays for use by those especially vulnerable to illness.


Library Summer Reading Challenge Begins June 1

Imagine Your Story

Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) invites the public to participate in the “Imagine Your Story” Summer Reading Challenge June 1 through July 31. All age groups who complete the challenge can earn coupons for free food, fun activities, and discounts on books and other treats. Due to the pandemic, no in-person events will be held and virtual events will be announced at lincolnlibraries.org.

Participants can earn a ticket for every five hours of reading to enter a Beanstack online drawing for prize packages. Children, teens and adults who complete 10 hours of reading and eight of the 16 reading activities are eligible for grand prizes awarded via random drawings:

  • Amazon Fire HD10 Kids Edition: ages 0 through 11
  • Nintendo Switch Lite: ages 12 through 18
  • Kindle Fire HD10: ages 19 and older

To register, visit lincolnlibraries.beanstack.org/reader365 or use the Beanstack Mobile Tracker app, which is available for both Apple and Android devices. Book bags for youth participants, booklets and stickers will be available for curbside pickup. Libraries are closed due to the pandemic, and Summer Challenge boxes will be located outside of the main library doors at each branch.

To qualify for the challenge and be eligible for prizes, reading times must be recorded on the Beanstack site by July 31, 2020.

Beanstack is a specialized service for libraries and their patrons that offers personalized book recommendations and specific tools for learning. To find out more about the service, visit beanstack.org.

For more information, including instructions for creating and logging into Beanstack accounts, read the FAQs on the Summer Reading Challenge page at lincolnlibraries.org/summer-reading-challenge.