COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information

Your Garfield County Libraries care deeply about the health and safety of our community and we are actively monitoring information in relation to COVID-19. Learn about what the libraries are doing in response to the virus as well as find links to reliable health organizations.

  

Indoor Air Quality of the Libraries

As of the week of March 8, the central air systems of all Garfield County Libraries have been modernized with the latest indoor air quality technology. The newly installed REME HALO units have been tested and proven to eliminate over 99% of odors, air pollutants, mold, bacteria, and viruses including our new enemy, the COVID-19 virus. The system destroys air impurities by sending out ionized hydroperoxides both in the air ducts and throughout every cubic foot of air in the building. These ionizers are friendly oxidizers, meaning that they revert back to oxygen and hydrogen after neutralizing pollutants.

The air ionization system is another layer of protection we provide our library visitors. This does not totally eliminate the risk of the spread of COVID-19 from immediate person-to-person contact. 

Learn more about the benefits of REME HALO:

  

Current Services

All Garfield County Libraries are open during normal hours of operation. You are currently able to browse the library for books and materials, use a computer, and reserve a study room. There may be a few services that have limited availability. 

   

Overdue Charges, Returns, and Holds

As of January 1, 2021 the libraries are now fine free. Read more by clicking here.

All library book drops are now open 24/7.

Books will be officially checked into our computer system after a quarantine period. They will remain on your account for up to a week after you return them.
All items must be returned through the book drop. We may need to close book drops at any facility if we reach our quarantine capacity.

Requests for books and materials at other locations can be made at this time, though not every lending library is currently open. Items from other libraries do go through a three-day quarantine when they arrive, so please expect a wait time of one week or longer.

 

Virtual Reference Service

Garfield County Libraries has launched a new way to get help from librarians.
     Do you want to know how to download a book from Hoopla?
     Need to help your 3rd grader with math homework and you're looking for a resource to help?
     Are you searching for a good book to read and need a recommendation?
Type your question, and our librarians will be in touch with you within 24 hours (during the week Monday through Friday). 

AskGCPLD Now

  

Events & Meeting Room Usage

Library events are being held in multiple ways including in-person and virtual formats. Virtual events can happen on different platforms including YouTube, Zoom, and Facebook Live. See individual event information for details. View the full calendar of virtual events.

  

Enjoy the Library From Home

Many of the library’s resources are also available 24/7 from the comfort of your home. Using your library card you can download ebooks and audiobooks, checkout digital magazines, stream movies, and much more with the following resources:

Books, Audiobooks, Magazines, Comics & Graphic Novels
Download e-books, e-audiobooks, and magazines with OverDrive
Enjoy animated, talking picture books for kids with TumbleBooks
Read e-books, e-audiobooks, and comics with Hoopla

Movies & Videos
Stream movies and videos with Kanopy 
Stream movies and TV shows with Hoopla

Music
Borrow music with Hoopla

Other 
Learn a language with Mango
Research your family tree
Maintain or fix your car
Learn a new craft with Creativebug
and much more!

Don't have a library card yet? Get one here.

If your library card is not working please contact us.

 


Resources for Reliable COVID-19 Information

We encourage everyone to utilize reliable and up-to-date COVID-19 information from the experts.

Local: 
Garfield County Public Health
Garfield County Public Health (Spanish)
Garfield County Emergency Operations Center

State:
Colorado Department of Health - CDPHE Vaccine FAQs - CDPHE Vaccination Clinics & Data
Colorado Small Business Development Center Network (SBDC)

National:
American Public Health Association
Coronavirus..gov (The White House, CDC, FEMA)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Institutes of Health
Small Business Association
Smithsonian (Vaccine Information)
US Department of Labor
US Food & Drug Administration

World:
World Health Organization

 


Hospitals and Clinics

Aspen Valley Hospital
Grand River Health
Mountain Family Health Centers
Valley View Hospital

 

Food, Rent, and Other Assistance

Aspen Hope Center
Catholic Charities
LIFT-UP
MANAUS
River Center
The Salvation Army

A full list of contacts for a variety of services can be found in the Garfield County Human Services Directory.

  

We understand that developments regarding COVID-19 are changing. We will continue to actively monitor this ongoing situation and update this page as necessary.

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