Phase 2 COVID policy allows Libraries to reopen

Submitted by North Central Washington Libraries

Photo by Bill Forhan The snow is falling but the Leavenworth Library will soon be open to the public on a limited basis.

NCW Libraries will reopen its libraries to in-person visits starting Tuesday, Feb. 16. Customers will once again be able to browse the shelves, access computer stations, read the newspaper, or pick out a DVD. Gov. Jay Inslee announced on Thursday that most of the state including all five counties in the library district will move to Phase 2 of the state’s reopening next week.

Several safety measures are already in place in the libraries. Customers will be required to wear a mask, practice social distancing, and limit their visit to around thirty minutes. In accordance with state mandated guidelines, all of the library buildings will have a 25 percent occupancy limit.

For library patrons who prefer minimal contact service, curbside pickup will continue to be offered at all branches. The library is also working to expand service hours and availability, which it plans to launch in March.

NCW Libraries will continue to offer a wide variety of resources and programs online at and on its Facebook page. Upcoming virtual programs include STEM workshops, Book-It-Theater performances, author visits, and more. 

NOTE: The Leavenworth Library is located in the city hall building on Highway 2. City Hall will not reopen to the public at this time. So, while the library is open, other city hall facilities will not be available to library visitors including bathrooms.


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