Reopening Guidelines and Rules Beginning June 8

The library will reopen with limited services and occupancy on Monday, June 8

Lots of Rules…But Please Ask!

  • It is true that we are creating quite a few rules that will be in effect until we know more about COVID-19 and its longer-term impact on our community members
  • We also know that not all rules will work for every situation
  • If you have a particular need that does not fit our rules, please ask us
  • We will try our hardest to accommodate as many requests as possible while keeping our users and staff safe
  • The best way to make a request is to contact the Help Desk before your visit at or (405) 372-3633 x8106
  • Please be aware that these procedures may need to evolve quickly. Updates will be kept posted at


  • Until at least July 1, we are asking users to plan for visits 15 minutes or less
  • We will not be enforcing time limits right now, but as we have visitors waiting to enter, we may ask users who have been in the library longer to complete their visit
  • Computer users who are job seeking, completing government or educational paperwork, and finding health or finance information will be given one-hour sessions
  • All lounging type furniture and children’s toys and games have been removed from the main library


  • 9-10 a.m. is reserved for community members 65 and older and those with underlying health conditions (Monday-Saturday)
  • The library is open to the general public 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday & Saturday; and 1-5 p.m. Sunday

Entering library

  • Visitors in the main library are limited to approximately 30 (with 20 staff)
  • Please be prepared for wait times to enter the library
  • The only entrance and exit will be the South West sliding doors
  • All other doors will be inaccessible, except in case of emergency
  • Families are strongly urged to limit the number of members entering the building so that we can allow more households to access the library at once
  • Staff will note your time of arrival so that we can maintain the proper number of people in the library at a time


  • To protect you, staff will be masked at all times when outside of their offices
  • Please protect us and your fellow library users by wearing a mask
  • Separation of six feet from non-household members must be maintained
  • Increased cleaning by staff is in effect; cleaning frequency will be posted on often used equipment and spaces
  • All service desks will have “sneeze guards”

Books and Materials

  • Curbside pick-up will continue for those who are not yet ready to enter the library
  • Catalog computers are available to look up books
  • Users may browse the shelves with one person/family in an aisle at a time
  • Users will check out by holding up cards and books to a stationary wand at the Checkout Desk
  • Kits and backpacks will not be available for checkout
  • Interlibrary Loan service will resume

Returning material

  • All materials must be returned in the outdoor book drop
  • Material cannot be accepted inside the library until further notice
  • After items are returned, staff quarantines materials for 72 hours
  • Fines do not accrue during quarantine
  • Returned material will not be reflected on your account until quarantine is complete

Computer Use

  • Ten computers will be available for use, one person per computer
  • Sessions may last for one hour
  • Keyboards are fitted with plastic covering and must not be removed
  • Computer components will be cleaned between each session
  • Printing is available as normal via the vend station or through the remote printing feature from laptops and mobile device

Office Services

  • Copying and fax services are available for use by one person at a time
  • Notary service will be available. Please call or email for availability
  • Ask at the Help Desk if you must make an essential call using the library phone

Tables and Study Rooms

  • Table use is limited to one person per table and should be used by those with longer research needs
  • The open-access study room will be available for use for two people or less for one hour at a time

Restrooms and water fountains

  • Restrooms will be open
  • Water fountains will not be accessible

Meeting Rooms

  • Room 119 in the North building will be available by reservation
  • Reservations will be accepted beginning June 8
  • Room 138 (non-profit room) is being used to quarantine books and is closed. Non-profits qualifying for Room 138, will be given use of Room 119
  • Coffee and water service is not available, but you may provide your own drinks
  • We will work toward opening more meeting rooms as we are able. Most rooms are currently being used for quarantine and storage

Friends of the Library Continuous Sale

  • The sale will not be available until further notice
  • Book donations cannot be accepted until further notice

AARP Tax Assistance

  • We do not yet have information on whether tax preparation assistance will continue.
  • Stillwater AARP tax volunteers are still waiting to get guidance from the AARP and are looking into the possibility of offering virtual assistance.

Programs and Classes

  • All library provided programs and classes will be provided virtually until further notice.


  • To allow as many library users as possible, volunteer service is on hold until further notice