Loutit Express Visits

Hello Loutit District Library Community!

It has been odd to be in an empty building without you the last few weeks, which is why we are pleased to announce the return of limited service to the building on Monday, August 3, beginning with Loutit Express visits. We are encouraging patrons to limit visits to one hour or less.

Available Now: Curbside Drop-Off and Pick Up Service

You may continue to return any items you checked out prior to March 13. Materials will be quarantined for 96 hours, cleaned, and returned to the shelf. Due dates for all materials have been extended accordingly. LDL has been a fine-free institution for almost a year and we will do our best to remove all barriers for checking out items. Please note, due to the quarantine process it will take a few days before returns are reflected on patron accounts. Thank you for your patience.

Curbside pick up hours are currently scheduled between Tuesday – Friday, 10:30 am – 1:00 pm and 3:00 – 5:30 pm. Beginning August 3, curbside hours will be limited to 10:30 am – 1:00 pm. To learn more about curbside pickup and schedule online, please check out the curbside landing page.

Beginning August 3: Limited Access

Monday–Friday: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm*

The library is temporarily closed on Saturdays and Sundays until further notice.

*Dedicated library hours for seniors, pregnant women and those with chronic medical conditions are Mondays from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. We ask that you please respect these hours for the most vulnerable in our community. 

What to Expect at Your Next Visit

Returning visitors will notice a few changes when they come back to Loutit District Library. LDL prioritizes the safety of our patrons and staff and we have adapted our building to minimize the risk of exposure to potential illness. We have installed plexiglass at all service desks, 6-feet distancing markers, and limited available furniture. Toys will temporarily be unavailable in the children’s area. Additionally, LDL staff will regularly disinfect all high-touch surface areas. Hand sanitizer will also be readily available for public use. Computers have been spread apart and one hour appointments are available to schedule online or by calling 616.850.6914. Visits to the Local History & Genealogy Room will be available by appointment only to promote social distancing. Schedule online or call 616.850.6925 to make an appointment. We hope these changes will make your experience more comfortable. We highly encourage you to limit your time in the building to one hour or less.

To provide the best visiting experience for everyone, we ask patrons to abide by the following requirements:

  • All patrons are required to wear a face-covering during their visit*. If you do not have one, a mask will be provided upon entry.
  • If you are experiencing any COVID-19 related symptoms, please do not enter the building.
  • Patrons must maintain 6 feet of distance from one another.
  • Returned materials will only be accepted in the outside drop boxes. Please do not hand books to staff members.
  • We will only allow 25% of building capacity at one time.
  • Water fountains will be disabled. Patrons will have access to automatic water bottle fillers.
  • Food and beverages are prohibited in the building at this time.
  • Meeting and study rooms are not available at this time.
  • The lower level will not be available at this time.
  • Children ages 13 and under must have a parent/adult caregiver (ages 18 or older) accompanying them.
  • Children ages 14 and older may use the library on their own so long as they comply with library policies.
  • Multi-use print publications including newspapers and magazines will not be available to browse at this time. Magazines are available for check out. Digital copies of select newspapers and magazines will be available. Please contact the Reference and Information Desk at 616.850.6914 if you are looking for a specific publication.

*Children under the age of 5 are not required to wear a mask. Children two years old and older are strongly encouraged to wear a face covering, pursuant to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”). Patrons who are not able to wear a face-covering due to medical reasons will not be permitted in the building but will be provided with alternative service.

In order to provide the best possible service to patrons, library staff will be taking precautions to ensure everyone’s safety. Employees will be required to check their temperature upon entering the building and wear face coverings at all times. In the near future, we will offer a mobile app that will provide a contactless system to check out materials with a personal device. Things may change as we adjust to this new situation.