Library loop: Tahoe and Truckee libraries extend services beyond regular hours

Libraries around Tahoe and Truckee continue to find ways to expand services beyond regular hours by offering instant online library card registration, streaming movies and virtual programs. The Incline Village Library is also offering weekend access to the public meeting room and will soon be launching the Library To Go lending kiosk. Library To Go is like a vending machine for books where children and adults can choose and check out their next great read, even when the library is closed.

Washoe County Library System Manager Jeff Scott said, “We are thrilled to be able to provide 24/7 library services to the Incline Village Library with our new library. This automatic book dispenser holds over 200 books and provides a variety of materials for all ages. One of the key needs identified through our strategic planning process was access to books and access to a variety of books.

How does Library To Go work? “You scan your library card, make your book selection and pick up your book. It’s as simple as that,” says Scott.



A painful part of the pandemic for libraries has been having to close doors when patrons needed library materials and services the most. However, the situation encouraged many people to use the library virtually. Thousands of new users signed up for instant online library cards while purchases of eBooks and audiobooks increased by 20%. The library’s events staff has also begun offering virtual storytimes and educational programs. Now patrons expect more of the library to be available when they need it.

With the prevalence of remote work and the need to meet in person, virtually or hybridly, the library’s public meeting room is indispensable to the community. The Incline Village Library meeting room has key card access that allows users to enter or exit the meeting before or after library hours. Recently, the library extended this access to weekends.



“The library has decided to offer weekend access to the meeting room to better serve the community even when the library is closed,” says Incline Village Librarian Amanda McPhail. “The space can be used by groups or individuals on their schedule and when it suits them best.” Meeting room amenities include wifi, tables and chairs, TV screen, and hybrid meeting equipment.

With innovations like an instant online library card app, weekend meeting room access and now a Library To Go kiosk with 24/7 access to books for all ages, libraries around Tahoe and Truckee can provide more access and services when the public needs them.

Tilted Village

Address: 845 Alder Ave. Tilted village. Phone: 775-832-4130

Baby Story Time every Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. Ideal for children from 0 to 18 months. Register at events.washoecountylibrary.us

Toddler Time every Thursday at 11:30 a.m. Ideal for children from 18 months to 3 years old. Register at events.washoecountylibrary.us

Virtual Reality Studio every 1st and 3rd Thursday from 4-5:30 p.m. Register at events.washoecountylibrary.us

Kings Beach Library

Address: 301 Secline Street Kings Beach. Phone: 530-546-2021

February 2 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. “Idea Book Club” – discussion on “The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother” by James McBride. Welcome new members ! (Alternate location between Kings Beach and Tahoe City)

Get yourself a “Craft to Go”. A new children’s craft every week. Packed with most of the materials you’ll need to make a fun DIY.

On-site activities include: a scavenger hunt, spy exhibit, winter bingo and viewing of watercolors by local artist Jenny Antonucci.

Stop by and build a snowman in our side yard. A free book for all participants – courtesy of the Friends of the Library.

North Tahoe High School

Address: 2945 Polaris Rd, Tahoe City 96145

The Laker Book Club will launch its winter book club selection this month. Each student will read a book of their choice and then present a literary talk to the club. Video recordings of these book discussions will be available on the North Tahoe High School Library website for all students to view and get ideas for their next book!

Finals week from January 18 to 21. The library will be open for additional study time during the school day on Wednesday January 19 and after school all week as usual.

Tahoe Public Library

Address: 740 North Lake Blvd Tahoe City. Telephone: 530-583-3382

February 2 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. “Idea Book Club” – discussion on “The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother” by James McBride. Welcome new members ! ! (Alternate location between Kings Beach and Tahoe City) February is at the Kings Beach Library.

Get yourself a “Craft to Go”. A new children’s craft every week. Packed with most of the materials you’ll need to make a fun DIY.

Create a Wall Poem, play Wall Boggle, Winter Bingo and take part in our Snow Creature Scavenger Hunt. All internal activities.

Stop by and discover our exhibitions of local artists. Mandalas by local artist Nicole Stirling and Wood Art by Shadowpine Woodworks.

Libraries around Tahoe and Truckee continue to find ways to expand services beyond regular hours by offering instant online library card registration, streaming movies and virtual programs.
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Washoe County Library System Manager Jeff Scott said, “We are thrilled to be able to provide 24/7 library services to the Incline Village Library with our new library. This automatic book dispenser holds over 200 books and provides a variety of materials for all ages. One of the key needs identified through our strategic planning process was access to books and access to a variety of books.
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Richard F. Gandhi