PPLD continues supporting patrons through quarantine

The Monument location of the PPLD. Photo from website.

The Monument location of the PPLD. Photo from website.

By Amber Wright, Co-Editor-In-Chief

All of the Pikes Peak Library District locations are temporarily closed in accordance with Governor Polis’ Safer At Home order. The PPLD will be taking a phased reopening approach for their 16 facilities, with the health and safety of their patrons and staff being the number one priority.

The PPLD is working towards implementing a curbside service for library cardholders to pick up items on hold and to return materials. The library district is working out how to minimize contact by people and how to safely circulate materials between PPLD locations with this service. More information will be available soon.

In regards to material already checked out, please keep all library materials at this time. Book drops are locked for the time being. Due dates for all physical library materials that have been checked out have been extended until June. Currently available holds will not expire because patrons are unable to pick them up. Patrons can receive these items once PPLD reopens.

PPLD cardholders can have ten checkouts of online materials for a total of 14 days each, with the holds limit being a total of 30. The library district is working towards adding digital materials to their collection as much as possible.

To sign up for a library card, you can register on their website and start using your card immediately. By signing up online now, your temporary account will be available for 90 days. This gives you immediate access to digital resources and OverDrive from home.

With the physical locations remaining temporarily closed, patrons can continue to use the library remotely. A multitude of resources is available to both cardholders and the public in general. The library offers thousands of digital books, audio-books, comics, magazines, music, and videos that are available through its online platform. E-books are a great source of entertainment during quarantine, and the library district is working towards making these resources available to as many people as possible.

The team at PPLD is continually adding virtual opportunities such as the following: virtual book clubs, digital escape rooms, and community movie discussions. The databases offered by PPLD are great to conduct research and gain more knowledge. For teens and kids, many resources are available, such as homework help, games, reading, and planning for the future.

Be sure to stay updated with online events, information regarding opening the libraries, and services offered by going to their website. The PPLD website explains what can be expected and how to use the library remotely, so be sure to explore their site.