Your library will look somewhat different. We ask for your patience and cooperation as we attempt to maintain a safe environment for everyone. Library programs will continue to be virtual at this time.
Don’t come to the library if you feel sick or have been exposed to COVID-19. We enjoy our summer residents, but please use curbside if you have been in the state for less than 14-days.
These are the requirements to come inside:
Patrons are asked to limit what they handle to items they intend to check out. If you touch a book, audio book, DVD, or other item and don’t check it out, place it in one of the labeled quarantine locations. Please bring minimal personal items into the library and avoid setting anything down. We will clean and disinfect high touch areas each day before opening but cannot guarantee a germ free environment. The bathroom will be closed to the public.
Public computer and printing are available. One patron at a time may use a public computer and it will be cleaned after each use. It is still $.25 a page for printing and copying. Exact change is appreciated. Wi-Fi is available both inside and outside the library. There is no password but you have to accept the library’s Acceptable Use Policy before being connected.
Children – While we love kids, please take these restrictions into consideration before bringing your children to the library. Every person counts toward the limit, regardless of age. Based upon the building size, there is a 5 person limit inside the library. Because of this, we request that one family member come into the building to pick items. If you choose to bring your children, those under 10 must be an arms distance away from parents at all times. Face coverings that cover the nose and mouth are required for children over age 2. Only 1 person/family at a time will be allowed in the Children’s Room. (Counts as the 4 patron total.) All of the toys and seating in the Children’s Room have been removed.
Continue to do your browsing from home via the online catalog:
- ‘Search the Catalog‘.
- Login to ‘My Library Account’ (Email me or call if you need to know your number.)
- Search for item and √ Request
Requests should be made at least the day before. Day-of requests will be filled as time allows. Interlibrary loan is still not available but you are able to borrow items from our collection. You will no longer be called when your requests are ready, but you will get an email if you have that option. For those who prefer to continue with no-contact service, curbside pick-up will continue during this phase.
We are following the state reopening guidelines in order to reopen, but you should be aware that there is some risk inherent in using shared spaces with shared materials. We cannot guarantee a perfectly safe space.
Please contact me if you have problems or questions or unable to pick-up during the library’s open hours.
Why 72 Hours?
Frequently, there have been questions about the 72 hour quarantine. Here is the latest science on that (06/22/20):
Testing was conducted by applying the virulent SARS-CoV-2 virus (the virus that causes COVID-19) on five materials held at standard room temperature and humidity conditions. The materials tested included typical library items items, i.e. paperback and hardcover books, paper pages inside a closed book, plastic book coverings, and DVD cases, which were provided by Columbus Metropolitan Library. Results show that the SARS-CoV-2 virus was not detectable on the materials after three days of quarantine. The evaluation demonstrates that standard office temperature and relative humidity conditions typically achievable by any air-conditioned office space provide an environment that allows for the natural attenuation of SARS-CoV-2 present on these common materials after 72 hours. https://www.webjunction.org/content/dam/WebJunction/Documents/webJunction/realm/test1-report.pdf