Hey, everybody, some of you already know this but just confirming that as of today, Tuesday, May 26, the library is partially reopening. This is part of a phased reopening–we are expanding our hours of operations and the services we are providing–however, we are not completely returning to normal. We still must have procedures in place to ensure social distancing and sanitation. So, exactly what does that mean?
The biggest change is we are expanding our open hours to 9 am to 6 pm, Mondays through Fridays, and 9 am to 1 pm, Saturdays. The morning hours (9 am-1 pm) Mondays through Fridays are going to remain contactless curbside hours. Just as we’ve been doing for the past several weeks, during those hours, you can come pick up items you have reserved.
During the remaining hours we are open (1-6 pm on Mondays and Fridays and 9 am-1 pm on Saturdays), you can make an appointment to come into the library to use the computers and browse the shelves. To maintain social distancing, there will also be no more than 10 patrons allowed in the library at any given time.
Those appointments will be limited to one per day with no more than 1 hour for browsing the shelves and no more than 50 minutes for computer usage. Regardless of what time you log onto the computer, you will have to sign off at 10 minutes till the next hour to allow time for us to sanitize the computers after each use. We’ll only have 4 computers available so that users are spaced out from each other.
Unfortunately, the YA section will not be available for browsing or computer usage because that’s where we will be storing quarantined items. If you would like a specific YA item, just let us know, and a staff member will get it for you.
If you’re one of our regulars who likes to come hang out at the library, that’s also unfortunately not possible right now. We actually took away most chairs for the time being and roped off the remaining ones. Again, this is part of the limits on the numbers of people who can be in the library at any given time and trying to make it as fair as possible for everyone.
During these appointment hours, there will also be a limited number of drop-in patrons allowed into the building, provided we do not exceed the 10-patron maximum and you’re just stopping in for something that can be accomplished quickly (picking up holds, making a copy, picking up Summer Reading prizes, etc.). Yes, summer reading is happening, click here to sign up! Please be aware that if you drop in, you may have to wait awhile for others to leave the library before you will be allowed in.
Everyone who comes in will need to provide their name and phone number, and we will keep these records for 2 weeks for contact tracing.
Masks are required for everyone entering the library. Patrons using the computers should know they will have to wear their mask for the entire time they are at a computer as they cannot be placed far enough apart to meet the 6-feet rule. Not comfortable, we know, but it is for everyone’s safety! All the staff will be wearing masks as well.
We’re still going to be waiving fees for the foreseeable future and not accepting cash, though we will accept checks.
We’re also going to have a sneezeguard set up at the circulation desk and hand sanitizing stations at various points in the library.
Please continue to return items through our outside dropbox. We are still quarantining (and sanitizing) returned items for a week after we get them back. We’re not checking them in during that period before we recirculate them, so they will remain on your account for that time. Once the quarantine period is up, though, everything you returned should disappear from your account like normal.
Staff members are going to have assigned stations, so one person will be the point person handling the door, one person will be at the desk, etc. That’s probably going to take some getting used to for both patrons and staff since we’re all used to the library staff having free range around the library, but it’s one step we have to take to be able to ensure we are maintaining as safe and healthy public space as possible.
WHEW! That’s what we’re feeling too. Please know this is as new to us as it is to you, so please be patient as we try to work through this together. We’ve been so appreciative of how gracious and patient everyone has been as we figured out how to make the curbside service work.
The rules for how all this works are posted here on our new website. You might want to check that out too! 🙂
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to let us know!