Never fear, the library is still here


The library, as shown, at Ramstein Air Base, June 18. To comply with COVID-19 physical distancing requirements, the 86th Force Support Squadron set up a virtual process where DOD members and families can request books and other media. From there, they can pick up their items at the curbside takeaway window.
Customers wait at the library curbside window at Ramstein Air Base, June 18. To ensure the health of staff and DOD members, the 86th Force Support Squadron library has moved all of their programs online.
Christian Gebhardt, 86th Force Support Squadron library technician assistant, checks a customer’s I.D. at the library curbside window at Ramstein Air Base, June 18. Due to physical distancing rules, staff verify customer identities in the system without having to touch their library card.
Monika Janzer, 86th Force Support Squadron library technician, catalogs returned books at the library at Ramstein Air Base, June 18. The date written on the bag indicates how long the items have been isolated.
Christian Gebhardt, 86th Force Support Squadron library technician assistant, pulls books from a shelf at the library at Ramstein Air Base, June 18. After checking a customer I.D., Gebhardt searches for the books and media requested online.
Monika Janzer, 86th Force Support Squadron library technician, hands a bag of books to a customer at the library at Ramstein Air Base, June 18. The curbside window helps to maintain physical distancing during COVID-19.
Christian Gebhardt, 86th Force Support Squadron library technician assistant, types on a laptop computer at the library at Ramstein Air Base, June 18. When customers pick up their books, Gebhardt checks for their names in an online database to ensure the customer is getting the correct items.
Amber Collins, 86th Force Support Squadron library director, drops a book into the library return bin at Ramstein Air Base, June 18. The return bin is for the safety of the customers and the staff. Due to regulations, library materials cannot be sanitized by hand and are quarantined for seven days in an isolated room.