COVID-19 Update

Latah County Library District


All locations of the Latah County Library District closed on March 18, 2020 in response to the health risk posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The libraries reopened on June 29, 2020. We are happy to be open to serve you!  

To ensure the safety of our patrons and staff, the following guidelines and requirements are in effect in LCLD libraries until further notice. Should the library director and board decide that a COVID-19 emergency exists in our area the LCLD libraries may close at any time. Service updates will be posted on the LCLD website and Facebook page.

  • Employees and volunteers are expected to stay home if sick and notify their supervisor immediately if diagnosed with COVID-19 or if exposure to infection is suspected. 
  • Patrons are asked to please stay home if sick.
  • The LCLD board of trustees and administration strongly encourage all eligible persons to receive the full COVID-19 vaccination for their own protection and to contain the spread of COVID mutations in our communities. We follow the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and the State of Idaho that unvaccinated patrons wear a securely fitting face mask and maintain six feet of distance from others not in their household.
  • With the ongoing surge in the Delta variant of COVID-19 severely affecting Latah County and all hospitals in Idaho, patrons age 5 and older, staff, and volunteers are again required to wear masks when on duty in any indoor setting. A list of reasonable accommodations in service for those who have medical conditions prohibiting the use of a face mask are available at any Latah County library.
  • Library building occupancy limits:
  •     Moscow:    25 patrons
  •     Bovill:         6 patrons        
  •     Deary:        5 patrons        
  •     Genesee:   6 patrons        
  •     Juliaetta:    6 patrons
  •     Potlatch:    10 patrons in library portion; 10 in meeting room                                                                                                                                                                                             -   Meeting room may only be used during library open hours unless special permission is given 
  •     Troy:            8 patrons in library portion; 6 in meeting room                                                                                                                                                                                                - Meeting room may only be used during library open hours unless special permission is given
  • Patrons shall limit their indoor stay to 15 minutes. As with the "six-foot rule," this is a guideline used to reduce potential viral exposure. A time limit is intended to reduce the amount of COVID-19 virus particles that could be shed in an indoor setting. Time limits for library patrons are also necessary to maintain the maximum simultaneous occupancy level. The overall goal is to protect all patrons as well as library staff who work in the building for extended periods. 
  • Patrons not observing staff directives will be asked to leave. Law enforcement may be called upon.
  • The number of public computers has been reduced to allow for physical distancing. Computer sessions are limited to 30 minutes with no renewals. An additional 15 minutes will be allowed for browsing, picking up holds, etc. One person per computer, unless an adult using a computer has a child in tow.
  • Public computer keyboard coverings and mice are sanitized regularly
  • Plexiglas sneeze guard barriers are in place at all circulation desks
  • Curbside hold service will continue once a week at Moscow, and at branch locations depending on demand. Check with your local library for details.
  • Touchless self-check machine is available at the Moscow Library
  • All in-library programming has been suspended until further notice. Some outdoor programs are now taking place. Masks are strongly encouraged at outdoor programs. Watch our Facebook page for youth and adult virtual and take-away program offerings.  
  • Updated September 25, 2021. Requirements approved by the Board of Trustees May 19 and June 22, 2021.