North Branch Area Library

The North Branch Area Library offers browsing and computer appointments and curbside services.

Computers by Appointment

These appointments are for those who wish to access a library computer. You can schedule your computer appointment online or call to schedule an appointment at (651) 674-8443. Phone services are normally available  Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

When you arrive for your appointment, wait at the main entrance of the library and maintain at least six feet of social distance from others. At your scheduled time, a staff person will meet you to let you into the building.

About the Appointment:

  • A restroom will be available for you to use.
  • You will be able to print. We request that you bring exact change if possible.
  • Computer appointments are for one hour and cannot be extended.
  • For your safety and ours, library staff will not approach your computer to provide assistance.
  • Per East Central Regional Library’s Social Distancing Policy all those entering the building will need to wear a face covering. Masks will be available if you need one.

If you’ve experienced any symptoms of COVID-19 in the 14 days before your appointment, please call back to cancel or reschedule. Symptoms include:

  • Fever (100.4° F or higher), or feeling feverish
  • A new sore throat
  • Chills
  • New muscle aches
  • A new cough
  • New headache
  • Shortness of breath
  • New loss of smell or taste

Appointments for computers by appointment will be available:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Thursday 10:00 a.m. –7 p.m.

We’re looking forwarding to seeing you for your appointment!

Browsing Appointments

These appointments will grant entry into the library to browse the collection, pick up holds and check out materials. When you arrive for your appointment, wait at the front entrance of the library and maintain at least six feet of social distance from others. At your scheduled time, a staff person will meet you to let you into the building.

You can schedule your browsing appointment online or you can call to schedule an appointment at (651) 674-8443. Phone services are normally available Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

About:

  • An appointment is necessary to use a computer (see above)
  • Per East Central Regional Library’s Social Distancing Policy all those entering the building will need to wear a face covering. Masks will be available if you need one.
  • The environment in the library has been modified
    • A sneeze guard has been placed on the service desk
    • Hand sanitizing stations are available
    • Seating has been reduced
    • Children’s play areas/equipment will not be available
    • All staff will be wearing a mask
  • Please limit the duration of your visit
  • Please visit in groups of two or less
  • Maximum occupancy will be posted at the entrance and must be observed
  • Children under age 10 and under must be accompanied by a responsible adult

Appointments for browsing will be available:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Thursday 10:00 a.m. –7 p.m.

Curbside Pick Up

Procedure:

Step One: Place a hold

  • Place items on hold in our online catalog or by calling us (phone numbers listed below) Monday thru Friday between 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • When your holds are ready you will be notified

Step Two: Pick up your holds

  • Schedule your appointment ahead of time
    • Call Monday thru Friday between 9am and 3pm to schedule an appointment OR schedule an appointment online 
    • Arrive at your appointment time
    • Your holds will be waiting on a cart near the front door
    • If you have an appointment, you do not need to call when you arrive.  Your items will be ready for you.
  • No appointment? Drive-up service is available
    • Arrive during library curbside hours
    • Text “BOOK” to 651-376-6867 to initiate your pick up.  Follow the texting prompts and provide the requested information.
    • Once you’ve completed the texting sequence, your information will be visible to library staff inside.
    • Staff will check out your materials and place them on a cart by the front door.
    • Please remain at the curb until your items are ready and wait to retrieve them until after staff has returned to the building.

Curbside Schedule:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday Friday 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Thursday 10:00 a.m. –7 p.m.

Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m

NB Bin

 

Returning Materials:

The book return is now available anytime. We do ask that if you have items that will not fit in the book return, kits, oversized books or otherwise, please return those items during curbside hours and place them in the tub below the book return (see photo).

Location:

6355 379th St.
North Branch, MN 55056

Phone: (651) 674-8443

Fax: (651) 674-4870

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