Artesia Public Library
*Effective March 13, 2020 the Artesia Public Library is closed to the public until further notice.*
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We have been asked by several patrons if the library will be reopening since some of the restrictions have been lifted by the governor. We have been thinking carefully about what a return to our physical spaces must consider and include. After reviewing scenarios and visiting with local and state officials and reviewing documents and plans from across the country, we do know that a return to physical spaces will not be an immediate return to a pre-pandemic environment. First and foremost, the health, safety, and well-being of our staff members and our patrons is of utmost importance and will be highly considered when we start to reopen the library to the public. We are currently working on a phased reopening plan with the State Library of New Mexico, librarians from across the state, the American Library Association, the Library Board of Directors, and Artesia city officials. Once we have developed a plan, we will be releasing it to the public. We have also been asked if the library will be offering curbside pickup since the restrictions have been lifted on non-essential businesses providing this service. While this will be included in the first phase of reopening the library, we think it is unsafe for us to do so at this time. Unlike retail stores and restaurants that offer pickup and delivery, the library circulates materials that may pose a health risk to staff and the public, both when they are handled and then when they are returned. There is no definitive guidance for libraries yet about how long materials must be quarantined before they are returned to the shelves for circulation, but current research suggests that COVID-19 can live on library books between 72 and 96 hours. Until more restrictions have been lifted, and until we have developed a plan that is safe for patrons and staff, we will not be offering this service. Please note, while COVID-19 has closed our building, it has not closed our library. Virtual services continue, developed and provided through the talents and creativity of the library’s extraordinary staff. We are offering digital library cards to every resident of Eddy and Chaves County, we have several Facebook Live programs a week, including digital Book Club discussions. We are working with our online vendors to provide more electronic materials, including eBooks and eAudio books and several of our online databases are providing additional services to our patrons free of charge. Our Wi-Fi is on 24 hours a day and the password is posted on our main doors. Patrons may connect from outside the building. Staff is currently working in the library, so patrons may call us during normal hours to get reference help or assistance with our online resources. We miss our patrons, and we would love to just jump back into normal life, however, we must be smart and provide the most logical plan to keep our staff, patrons, and community safe and healthy. We are working every day to figure out the best way to make this happen for our community. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to me via email, phone or Facebook. Thank you and stay well!
Welcome to the Artesia Public Library
The modern public library supports life long learning, advances knowledge creation, and strengthens its community. It provides the tools and resources to support creativity, research, and problem-solving while asking and answering questions that challenge patron assumptions. Both the physical and virtual library spaces encourage patrons to engage with information, process it, reflect on it, have conversations about it, and develop new ideas. The Artesia Public Library is such a library; bringing people, information, and ideas together to create opportunities.