Library Reopening Plan due to COVID-19

Library Reopening Plan

Goal: To provide service to our community as long as possible while protecting the health and welfare of our staff and patrons.

Level One:

  1. Limited services begin.
  2. Hours will be 11-4 open to all patrons, 4-5 library will be closed for cleaning. If we cannot continue to function effectively we will move to Level Two service model. Board and media will be notified accordingly.
  3. Staff will provide call in “order filling” and curbside pickup
  4. Patron computers will not be available for use.
  5. Patrons will be encouraged to select items and leave in a timely manner.
  6. 10 patrons allowed in the building at a time, staff included
  • Extra patrons will wait outside.
  • No loitering in the library. Patrons may be asked to leave if they are there longer than 30 minutes.
  1. No public meetings or programming.
  2. Patrons and staff will be required to wear masks.
  3. Patrons who appear ill (excessive coughing) or express that they are not feeling well will be asked to leave.
  4. Hand sanitizer will be provided to patrons.
  5. Patrons will be expected to social distance in 6-foot intervals.
  6. Staff will be required to use hand sanitizer and/or wash hands regularly.
  7. Staff will sanitize patron surfaces regularly, including restrooms.
  8. Staff will be responsible to sanitize their own workstations regularly, including telephones.
  9. Drinking fountains will not be available for use.
  10. The telephone will not be available for patrons to make or receive calls.
  11. No magazines or newspapers available for patron use.
  12. Staff with a fever, cough, or shortness of breath will be expected to remain home.
  13. Staff will take and record their temperature at the beginning of each workday and will leave work if they have a fever of 100.4 or higher.
  14. Items will be returned to book drops or to bins at the circulation desks:

Staff will not check in or handle returns.

Returned items will be quarantined for 3 days prior to check-in.

Level Two:

  1. No patron access inside building, all doors will remain locked.
  2. Staff empties book drop and provides curbside service.
  3. Staff provides phone and online assistance.
  4. Staff works on internally focused projects such as weeding, collection development, program planning.

Level Three:

  1. No patron access inside building, all doors will remain locked.
  2. No items will be circulated, however staff will continue to monitor book drops and empty as needed.

The library board will reevaluate the guidelines on an as needed basis.