Decorah library now open for limited in-person access

Decorah Public Library staff have prepared to implement “Green Zone” express in-person services.

Decorah Public Library staff have prepared to implement “Green Zone” express in-person services beginning Wednesday, Feb. 24. According to the State of Iowa, Winneshiek County COVID-19 14-day average positivity rates are around 4%, allowing the library to give patrons limited in-person access to select services.
Patrons will be able to access the following services for up to 45 minutes per day: in-person book browsing; in-person checkouts; a limited number of public computers; limited seating for indoor Wi-Fi access; and printing/scanning.
In order to encourage patrons to move quickly through the library, seating will only be available at public computer and Wi-Fi stations. Due to COVID-19 safety precautions, staff will be unable to provide technology assistance and restrooms are closed to the public.
Curbside pickup, book bundles, outdoor Wi-Fi access, digital programming and other services offered in the previous phases will continue and are still the safest ways of interacting with the library. The City of Decorah’s mask policy will be enforced inside the library building and 6 ft. social distancing will be required.
According to Library Director Kristin Torresdal, the current plan is to offer express in-person services from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Fridays; and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturdays. Adjustments in days/hours of service may occur as community needs are determined.
Please visit the library’s website and social media pages for the most up-to-date information on what phase the library is in and what services are currently available or call 563-382-3717 to ensure open hours prior to arrival. The full Pandemic Response Plan is available at

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