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Seward Community Library & Museum Press Release - June 2, 2020

Post Date:06/02/2020 4:30 PM

Seward Community Library & Museum

Press Release


 100% Committed to Serving Seward Safely!



Reservations encouraged, but not required.  Call or email before visiting for the most efficient service and to reduce waiting and contact time. 

 Services available Wed-Sat, 11am-5pm

  • Last reservation at 4pm

Strict COVID-19 Mitigation

Based on Alaska and CDC health authority guidelines for the public and staff to slow the spread of COVID-19 among patrons, visitors and staff.

  • Universal Face Coverings (free locally made fabric masks available while supplies last)
  • No COVID-19 Symptoms
  • Social Distancing
  • Hygienic Practices
  • Disinfecting Protocols (janitors and staff)

A temporary library front desk has been set up in the Atrium on the first floor for COVID-19 mitigation purposes.  We continue to offer curbside services, reservations, and quarantining materials 72 hours prior to pick up, for those who wish to reduce contact with others.  Services are subject to change as the COVID-19 situation changes.

  • Museum Exhibit Visits:  1-5pm, Wed-Sat.  Limited admission with extra social distancing and adaptations to space.
  • Public Access Computers:  45 minutes in temporary set up in Community Room. 
  • Self-Service Copying, Printing, Scanning:  Plain B/W 8.5x11 paper.
  • Limited Library Collection Browsing:  Limited number of people may browse the collection for up to 20 minutes.  All materials will be checked out for four weeks and overdue fines continue to be forgiven.
  • Local Holds Enabled:  Holds for our local collection have been increased from 3 to 6 items.  Holds from other libraries have not resumed.  Regular card holders may place holds through the online catalog, or call or email for assistance.  Regular card holders still have a 50 item limit.  Visit our Library Services webpage for more details.
  • Auto-Renewals Enabled:  Seward items without holds will automatically be renewed prior to due date for the traditional loan period of the item.  Please call to request a custom due date.
  • Curbside Library Delivery:  Place online holds or contact us for details and assistance and make a reservation for pick up.
  • New Library Card Accounts:  New Regular and Temporary card registrations are now being accepted.  Call, email or visit the Library Services page for more information.
  • Virtual Community Summer Reading Challenge:  Press coming soon.  Details updated at

Contact us Mon-Sat, 10am-6pm, to coordinate needs in advance, to make a reservation, if you have questions or need assistance.


  • Services and procedures are subject to change due to a highly fluid COVID-19 situation and staff capacity.
  • Additional services may be offered to the public on a trial basis prior to public advertising to ensure we have procedures and protocols in place to provide services as safely as possible. 
  • We've always had FREE 24/7 WiFi outside our building, no password.
  • ALL library loan due dates prior to closure are extended to June 30. 
  • ALL Seward item overdue fines during this time will be forgiven.
  • Complete an online request form for digital material for the Alaska Digital Library at
  • No color copies, faxing, notaries or meeting spaces at this time.
  • No passport application appointments.  Passports may still be renewed via mail, but expedited service is not available and routine services are significantly delayed.  Do not submit the expedite fee until further notice.  For current information, visit
  • During the entire public health emergency, staff have been carrying on their regular tasks as well as creating and implementing new operations and programs due to COVID-19.


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City of Seward COVID-19 Response

A Community Message from Seward City Manager Scott Meszaros

The City of Seward is adopting the phase-in plan for reopening the State of Alaska and its individual communities.  Beginning April 24, 2020, the State of Alaska begins phase 1-A of its “Reopen Alaska Responsibly Plan.”  The terms of this plan and its impact on Seward businesses can be found in State of Alaska Public Health Mandate 16, which is posted on the City website at [see below].

As many Seward businesses move towards opened doors this weekend, please remember that our community remains vulnerable to COVID-19 and we must all continue to do our part to reduce the risk of infection among Seward’s residents and its visitors. 

In preparation for the City’s own reopening of public facilities and City offices, the City extended public facility closures until May 3, 2020. The City administration and staff will be working diligently to develop a responsible reopening plan for City offices before May 3rd. The purpose of such a plan will be to ensure the public health and safety when entering City-owned and operated facilities, as well as to protect City employees from COVID-19 exposure. 

While the City of Seward remains optimistic about the State of Alaska’s “Reopen Alaska Responsibly Plan,” we will continue to diligently monitor the progression of COVID-19 within Seward and the social distancing and other measures necessary to combat it.  I would also like to express my sincere gratitude on behalf of the City to all the businesses who have submitted mutual aid agreements and/or posted business protocols and measures on their entrances.  Your collaboration and excellent corporate citizenship are essential during these difficult times. 

Thank you for keeping our residents and visitors safe.

Scott W. Meszaros, CM, CMC

Seward City Manager


City Public Information Line

Call 907-224-4015 for more information or to ask questions.  Messages will be responded to.


City of Seward COVID-19 Emergency Documents


View all State COVID-19 Health Mandates at:

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Seward Harbor and Travel Related STATE Mandates
STATE Mandate 017 - Independent Commercial Fishing Vessels
STATE Reopening Guidance - Charter Fishing Vessels
STATE Reopen Alaska Responsibly Plan
Concerned You Have COVID-19?
COVID-19 Information Sources
211 Information
Coping with the COVID-19 Situation