Building Opening Notice for March 8, 2021

At their February 24 meeting, the Missoula Public Library Board of Trustees, in consultation with County health officials, voted to establish the parameters that will be used to determine when the downtown Library building can open to public use. The Library will open after Phase 1C vaccines are available to Library staff, and after all staff persons who choose to vaccinate have had the opportunity to receive the required doses of the vaccine made available to them.


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Because we expect to open while COVID-19 transmission remains a public health concern, access to the building and its services will be provided in phases. The following restrictions are expected to be in place during the initial phase:


  • CDC-recommended protocols for social distancing, personal hygiene, and proper use of facemasks will continue to be followed.
  • To ensure social distancing, Library spaces will have lower maximum occupancy caps than they were designed for and markers for traffic flow.
  • Visitors will register upon entering and again before leaving, providing contact tracing data in the case of a potential outbreak.
  • In-person services will be task-based and focus primarily on finding and checking out materials; visits will be limited to one hour or less.
  • Special hours will be designated for high-risk populations.
  • The building will be regularly disinfected after hours of public use.
  • Use of the Library’s meeting rooms and program areas will be prohibited.

Missoula Public Library Leadership is grateful to our community members for their patience during the pandemic and for their commitment to the health and safety of our patrons, families, and neighbors. Until the downtown building opens, we will continue to provide curbside lending services six days a week, virtual reference assistance, and a growing collection of digital resources.

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