The COVID risk has decreased in Washington County, and we are now back in the Yellow Zone.  That means that the Bayport Library will be open for use by appointment beginning Monday, September 21.  We will continue to offer curbside pickups for patrons who prefer to use that service.

Library hours are:

Mondays and Wednesdays: 10:00 – 8:00

Tuesdays and Thursdays: 10:00 – 6:00

Fridays: 10:00 – 5:00

Saturdays: 10:00 – 3:00

To aid in decision making, the Library Board and library director are using the model “The Path to Zero” from the Harvard Global Health Institute.

They use four risk levels to recommend action on suppressing the virus.

Here are the four levels:

Green:     On Track for Containment – Less than one case per 100,000 people

Yellow:     Community Spread – 1-9 cases per 100,000 people

Orange:   Accelerated Spread – 10-24 cases per 100,000 people

Red:        Tipping Point – 25+ cases per 100,000 people

You can read more about the model here:

We are specifically looking at the numbers in Washington County, and looking for trends – a one day change will not change our level of service.

Here are our service levels:

Green:    We will offer normal library services.

Yellow:    We will allow for limited appointments and for people to be in our Library building.  As we move toward Green, we will expand services offered and allow more people to be in the Library at one time.

Orange:  We will provide access to all of our materials via contactless pickups.

Red:       We will limit the hours for contactless pickups and follow any local guidance on shutting down service completely if necessary.

We are making decisions week by week.  Please check Wednesday afternoons to see the latest for the following week and what level of service is available.  The level this week has changed to Yellow!

While we would prefer not to go back and forth between opening, offering appointments and doing curbside only, the safest option in that case would be to stay closed and only offer curbside pickups until we know it is safe to reopen.  As this pandemic is showing, we won’t have that certainty for the next few months. We want to provide access to our building if cases start decreasing, but know we also may need to limit access again if cases start to rise.  We hope this model will provide us the flexibility to adapt our services as needed throughout this pandemic.

We are trying to move some of our regular services outside to our front patio and online.  If there is a service you need, please contact director Jill Smith, or 651-275-4416, and we will do our best to help.

Please check our website, facebook page, or subscribe to our newsletter for the latest information.

Due dates are slowly returning to normal.  If you have items to return, please use the bookdrop on the north side of the building, available 24 hours a day.  We have no daily overdue charges.  All fines and fees incurred during our closure will be waived.

Washington County Library continues to offer limited services, find details here: WashCoLib/COVID19

Details about services at the Stillwater Public Library are here.

Remember we also have a vast library of electronic resources, including eBooks, eAudiobooks, digital magazines and more available 24/7 through our our partnership with Washington County Library:


We thank you for your patience and understanding as we make these decision to keep staff and patrons safe in these uncertain times.