Your Garfield County Libraries care deeply about the health and safety of our community and we are actively monitoring information in relation to COVID-19. Learn about what the libraries are doing in response to the virus as well as find links to reliable health organizations.
Indoor Air Quality of the Libraries
As of the week of March 8, the central air systems of all Garfield County Libraries have been modernized with the latest indoor air quality technology. The newly installed REME HALO units have been tested and proven to eliminate over 99% of odors, air pollutants, mold, bacteria, and viruses including our new enemy, the COVID-19 virus. The system destroys air impurities by sending out ionized hydroperoxides both in the air ducts and throughout every cubic foot of air in the building. These ionizers are friendly oxidizers, meaning that they revert back to oxygen and hydrogen after neutralizing pollutants.
The air ionization system is another layer of protection we provide our library visitors. This does not totally eliminate the risk of the spread of COVID-19 from immediate person-to-person contact. Until otherwise advised all library branches are still maintaining safe protocols requiring the wearing of masks and appropriate social distancing.
Learn more about the benefits of REME HALO:
All Garfield County Libraries are open during normal hours of operation. You are currently able to browse the library for books and materials, use a computer, and reserve a study room. There are still a few services that have limited availability. There are a maximum number of visitors allowed in each library at any one time, and in order to enter and use your library you must wear a mask and practice social distancing.
Overdue Charges, Returns, and Holds
As of January 1, 2021 the libraries are now fine free. Read more by clicking here.
All library book drops are now open 24/7.
Books will be officially checked into our computer system after a quarantine period. They will remain on your account for up to a week after you return them.
All items must be returned through the book drop. We may need to close book drops at any facility if we reach our quarantine capacity.
Requests for books and materials at other locations can be made at this time, though not every lending library is currently open. Items from other libraries do go through a three-day quarantine when they arrive, so please expect a wait time of one week or longer.
Virtual Reference Service
Garfield County Libraries has launched a new way to get help from librarians.
Do you want to know how to download a book from Hoopla?
Need to help your 3rd grader with math homework and you're looking for a resource to help?
Are you searching for a good book to read and need a recommendation?
Type your question, and our librarians will be in touch with you within 24 hours (during the week Monday through Friday).
Events & Meeting Room Usage
All library in-person classes, events, and meeting room reservations are cancelled until further notice.
Enjoy the Library From Home
Many of the library’s resources are also available 24/7 from the comfort of your home. Using your library card you can download ebooks and audiobooks, checkout digital magazines, stream movies, and much more with the following resources:
Books, Audiobooks, Magazines, Comics & Graphic Novels
Download e-books, e-audiobooks, and magazines with OverDrive
Enjoy animated, talking picture books for kids with TumbleBooks
Read e-books, e-audiobooks, and comics with Hoopla
Don't have a library card yet? Get one here.
If your library card is not working please contact us.
Resources for Reliable COVID-19 Information
We encourage everyone to utilize reliable and up-to-date COVID-19 information from the experts.
American Public Health Association
Coronavirus..gov (The White House, CDC, FEMA)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Institutes of Health
Small Business Association
Smithsonian (Vaccine Information)
US Department of Labor
US Food & Drug Administration
Hospitals and Clinics
Food, Rent, and Other Assistance
A full list of contacts for a variety of services can be found in the Garfield County Human Services Directory.
We understand that developments regarding COVID-19 are changing. We will continue to actively monitor this ongoing situation and update this page as necessary.