Ralston Library begins taking back books, suspends late fees until end of month

Posted at 9:40 AM, May 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-11 10:40:30-04

RALSTON, Neb. (KMTV) — Since the shutdown of public libraries, those who checked out books weren't exactly sure about late fees. The Baright Public Library in Ralston suspended all late fees while they were closed, but they just opened up for book drop off, so what does that mean?

The public library in Ralston was always open for curbside service every Monday. They did see an increase in their online services, especially e-books since the shutdown.

But they are now open for book drop-off.

"All the fees are being waived while we are closed, just because (we) didn't know when we would be open again," said Bailey Halbur, library director.

Late fees are suspended until the end of the month. After that they will work with people on a case-by-case basis if they are unable to return books by then.

As safety is a priority, the returned books being taken in are done so under strict CDC guidelines and restrictions.

"We've been quarantining them for 72 hours, then we wipe them down with Clorox wipes and then check them in again," Halbur explained.

They will bag up to five books for the curbside service, and library check out for books has been extended from four weeks to six weeks.

Although curbside service is great, some say the library opening can't come soon enough.

"I hope they open soon," said Phyllis McIntosh. "I don't know what I want until I am inside looking, I like to look at what is new in there, and I have several authors that I like to read. It's just better to go inside."

If you need help selecting a book, an online service is available. They have books listed by genre, author, topic or just give them a call, and they will personally assist you in finding something.

The library says you can still connect with them, and the book club is available online.

Their annual summer reading program will be starting soon, and they have make and take crafts that you can order, that they will also bag up for you for curbside pick up.