The City of Goleta is pleased to announce that beginning Tuesday, June 16, 2020 the Goleta Valley Library will be offering sidewalk service out front at 500 N. Fairview Avenue. Library patrons will be able to place holds for any items currently at the Goleta, Buellton and Solvang libraries. As of June 16, returns can also be made in the book drops. Large item Library of Things should be returned at the table at the entrance to the library.
Library Director Allison Gray said, “After two and a half months of being closed and using that time to provide a number of unique virtual services, we are excited to focus our attention back to providing physical services. We know it has been difficult to not have access to our materials, and now community members will be able to borrow whatever they need from our three branches.”
All visitors must comply with social distancing rules. To receive service, everyone must wear a face covering and line up six feet apart on the sidewalk leading up to the library’s front walkway. A library staff member will make sure everything is ready for you, and then send you to the front door of the library to pick-up your items. Curbside service will be available Tuesdays – Saturdays from 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Please be respectful of other patrons and do not come if you are feeling ill.
Black Gold service, which ships books between library locations throughout seven tri-county jurisdictions, will not resume until later this year. You are still able to log-on to Black Gold and place holds on items you wish to check-out that are at one of our three library locations. Patrons will be contacted by library staff when the items are ready for pick-up, and can then schedule an appointment to pick-up the items using a new app soon to be available at www.GoletaValleyLibrary.org.
Now that that sidewalk service is available, the Library will no longer be mailing Craft Kits. They will be available for pick up at the branches starting on June 16. The free Craft kits are only available for patrons of the Goleta, Buellton and Solvang libraries. Each month children can receive two craft kits. Once you request a kit online, two will automatically be prepared for you each month, for each child registered. Sign-up here. For some of the craft kits, you will need to provide items such as glue, crayons, etc… These kits are yours to keep. Please remember that some of these kits have quite small pieces so younger children should be monitored at all times.
For more information on the Goleta Valley Library, and the programs and services available, please visit www.GoletaValleyLibrary.org.