Cloquet library returns to regular hours

Patrons must wear a mask in the library, observe social distancing and limit their time in the library to 45 minutes.

The recent renovation of the Cloquet Public Library created an expanded children's area. The library begins regular operating hours on Tuesday, Sept. 8. (File / Pine Journal)

The Cloquet Public Library is returning to its regular operating hours.

"Our building is open to the public, and we encourage everyone to come and see the changes we’ve made," said Courtney Dietsche, adult services librarian, in a news release.

Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 8, the library is open Monday through Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The library is closed on Sundays.

People who request items for pickup can find them at the circulation desk instead of in the lobby, the news release said. Curbside pickup is still an option, but patrons have to call 218-879-1531, emailing , or stop by the library. Participants will receive an automated message when their items are ready to be picked up.

The new Teen Room will also be open with limited hours Monday through Saturday, the news release said.


The library will soon have more computers available for people to use. Community members will also be able to reserve conference and meeting rooms through the library's online software.

Patrons must wear a mask in the library, observe social distancing and limit their time in the library to 45 minutes. Staff clean surfaces in the building regularly and quarantine all materials for seven days after they're returned.

The Friends of the Library will be having three mini book sales on Tuesdays in September, starting on Sept. 15. The sales will be held in the new Friends room from 12:30-2:00 p.m, the news release said. To provide a safe book sale, the organization asks that patrons wear a mask, bring their own bags, observe social distancing and deposit payment in a drop box (no change will be made). Only a limited number of people will be admitted at a time.

The library is also promoting 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten, a free, year-round reading program designed to help caregivers prepare their children for school.

Check out the library website, , for updates and more information.

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