Negaunee Public Library opens for computer appointments

The Negaunee Public Library is pleased to announce the next step in its reopening plans, which have been approved by the library’s advisory board and City Manager Nate Heffron.

“We have been very cautious throughout the past year, and with vaccination rates increasing and case rates dropping significantly, we are ready to move forward in gradually welcoming the community back into the library,” said Jessica Holman, library director.

The next phase of reopening the library will include computer appointments. Visitors must wear masks inside Negaunee City Hall and the Negaunee Public Library’s spaces. City Hall also requires all staff and visitors to sign in and take a temperature check with a touchless thermometer. No one with a fever of 100 or higher will be allowed to enter.

“This is very similar to the Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum’s current policies,” Holman said. “It is out of an abundance of caution and care for all our visitors that we have these requirements. We don’t know who is vaccinated, who cannot be vaccinated, who has an underlying health condition that needs to be extra careful. Many people who visit the library have small children, who cannot mask or be vaccinated. We don’t want to be the source of someone’s illness that could be prevented.”

Computers will be available for 30-minute appointments, with the option for an additional half-hour extension if other computers are available. Scheduling an appointment in advance is recommended. Walk-in appointments may be available, if computers are available. No more than three patrons will be allowed in the computer area at a time. Printing is available in black and white for 10 cents/page.

If a patron wishes to print off items but does not wish to enter the library or cannot wear a mask, wireless printing is available. Patrons can connect their wireless device, such as a laptop computer, tablet, or smart phone, to the library’s wifi, then print via the free app “HP Smart” to the library’s wireless printer. Black and white prints are 10 cents/page, and color prints (available on wifi printing only) are 50 cents/page.

The library is continuing to offer curbside pickup for all library items, interlibrary loans, and summer reading kits, as well as copying and faxing services. Patrons can still call the library at (906) 475-7700 ext. 18 or email to reserve a pickup time, to check out library items. Tax forms and free bookmarks can also be provided.

To help kick off the library reopening, musician Troy Graham will hold a concert at 5:30 p.m. Monday, June 28, on the library’s lawn. (The concert will be offered live-stream on Facebook if the weather is unfavorable.)
If you are feeling unwell, please do not visit the library.

For more information, contact the library at (906) 475-7700 ext. 18.