Nevada County Libraries are an open book at the tap of a phone

Customers of the Nevada County Library can have the entire catalog in their hands, as the library system has implemented curbside pickup for books and other materials.

A variety of options exist for customers wishing to access curbside pickup. It’s similar to a restaurant or a take out grocery store, and for frequent users, it’s a quality of life issue.

Malaika Bishop is a Nevada City resident who regularly borrows from Nevada City and Grass Valley library branches.

“Our kids always put out six books because they read one each alone and read one with each parent,” Bishop said.

She added that her children, Amari, 13, and Oriah, 11, had never known life without a library.

“They have been going to the library since they were very young. We used to go singing with the children, they particularly enjoyed it.

“Libraries offer as many options as possible because what works best for one individual can be best for everyone,” said Mellisa Hannum, Youth Services Librarian at Royce Branch in Grass Valley. “So we like to be accessible as much as possible to everyone. “

People can visit to reserve up to 20 pounds. Users must enter their library card barcode number and four-digit PIN.

“But what I recommend is downloading the app from the library. It’s free on the App Store or Google Play. Search for the “Nevada County Library” and it will take you to the app, “Hannum said. “I think it’s really easy to use. You can make a self-checkout with the app, or you can also scan an ISBN to see if it’s in our collection. “

The apps also contain library times, locations, and directions. Customers can also phone the loan desk to put books on hold. In addition, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks, e-books and magazines can be selected. They will renew automatically, as long as no one else puts the hardware on hold.

Bishop’s family, who visit the library almost every week, use a variety of their apps, including the curbside pickup service.

“We used curbside pickup throughout the pandemic when the library was closed,” she said. “And go in person since the library opened a few months ago.”

Once the books or other items are put on hold, they are then moved to a hold shelf. A customer should call the loan office to schedule a pickup from the particular library branch where the reservation was placed, preferably with an hour or two notice.

“The more up front we get (notification) the easier it is because there are real live people grabbing books and CDs here,” Hannum said.

Bishop’s family also appreciates the e-books they can consult over the phone.

“We use them on long car trips,” she said. “And there is an audiobook app that you can have on your phone. It was also a bit crucial (to have).

William Roller is a writer for The Union. He can be contacted at [email protected]

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