MISSOULA — Although anticipation is building for the opening of the new Missoula Library, the first weeks will involve more than just being considerate and quiet.
Contractors will have a lot of finishing work to do, and dozens of operational changes still have to ironed out, but the biggest challenge for reopening is coping with COVID-19.
Library Director Honore Bray says when the library does reopen, hopefully in September, there will be limits on patrons, traffic control, and mask wearing.
"Of course our plan has to go to the health service first," Bray said. "They need to decide whether we're doing it right or whether we need to put some more stops in place. We have guidelines from them, so we know that we have to have limited amount of people in the building at one time."
Digital collections are available, but curbside lending is suspended through Aug. 27.