Health & Safety Updates

Health & Safety Updates

After considerable deliberation, the Timberland Regional Library Administration has decided to close all of its Library facilities to the public to help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic 2019 (COVID-19). 

Stage Three: Library Closure

Closure in effect Saturday, March 14 until at least Monday, May 11, 2020. 
All Timberland Library Facilities, Including Book Return Locations will Remain Closed. 

We encourage patrons to keep the materials they currently have until our buildings reopen. No late fees!  If materials are left at book drops or library locations, fees could occur for lost or damaged items. 

We also encourage our patrons to check out our many Virtual Resources on this site that will continue to be available during the closure of the physical buildings.


Timberland Regional Library has established Official Emergency Response Levels 

The Library Administration sets response levels in coordination with the Department of Health & CDC, Emergency Management Services, and Public Elected Officials in response to natural disasters, health & safety issues, and epidemic or risk of pandemic. At all stages the public will be informed about the risks and preventative measures being taken via web and social media. Administration will monitor the situation, prepare for transitions, and inform staff. 

Stage One: 
Regular Library Services continue with additional health & safety steps implemented.

  • Board of Trustees, managers, and staff are made aware of the situation, are on alert, and participate in preparation & prevention measures as directed.

Stage Two: 
Library Services shift to Circulation Only to limit public assembly.  

  • Library facilities are open under limited use. 
  • Programs, meetings, or prolonged use of any kind; including study, reading, and public computer use are cancelled.
  • Library locations become holds pick up, checkout & return, and quick browsing sites only. 
  • Seating areas will not be available to the public. 

Stage Three: 
All Library facilities are Closed to the public.  

  • Library facilities are closed to public use and access.
  • Depending on the situation, virtual services and other services that do not require direct public contact may continue.

TRL will follow all guidelines and protocols established by the U.S. Center for Disease Control, the Washington State Department of Health, and local health departments.

Updated information on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) can be found at:

U.S. Center for Disease Control website
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Situation Summary page
Washington Department of Health’s Novel Coronavirus webpage

* NEW * Washington State Coronavirus Response webpage

*NEW * WA ST DFI - List of financial resources for WA consumers impacted by the Coronavirus 

*NEW* Washington State Library - Learning and Entertainment Resources