Reopening Guidelines and Rules

Update: Face coverings are now required when visiting the library as mandated by City Ordinance No. 3452 that went into effect July 11. We do ask that you put on your mask before entering the library's lobby.

A "Face Covering" means a covering that fully covers a person's nose and mouth. It includes, but is not limited to, cloth face masks, towels, scarves, and bandanas as recommended by the CDC or OSDH, an N95, KN95, or other masks that would be appropriate for a health care setting, or a surgical mask. The Face Covering should fit snugly on a person's face but allow the person to breathe easily and worn consistent with the guidance provided by the CDC or OSDH. Find CDC information on face coverings here.

Persons who fall into the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention's guidance for those who should not wear face coverings due to a medical or mental health condition or developmental disability and small children under the age of five are exempt from this face covering requirement. CDC guidance on who should not wear a mask can be found here.

Read the ordinance in full here.

Pop-in/Pick-up/Pop-out

  • We are asking users to plan for visits 15 minutes and will enforce a maximum time limit of 1 hour
  • If we have visitors waiting to enter, we may ask users who have been in the library longer to depart so more patrons have access to the library.
  • All lounging type furniture and children’s toys and games have been removed from the main library

Hours

  • 9-10 a.m. is reserved for community members 65 and older and those with underlying health conditions (Monday-Saturday)
  • The library is open to the general public 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday & Saturday; and 1-5 p.m. Sunday

Entering library

  • Visitors in the main library are limited to approximately 30 (with 20 staff)
  • Please be prepared for wait times to enter the library
  • The only entrance and exit will be the South West sliding doors
  • All other doors will be inaccessible, except in case of emergency
  • Families are strongly urged to limit the number of members entering the building so that we can allow more households to access the library at once
  • Staff will note your time of arrival so that we can maintain the proper number of people in the library at a time

Safety

  • To protect you, staff will be masked at all times when outside of their offices
  • Everyone visiting the library must wear a mask per the City's July 11 Ordinance No. 3452
  • Separation of six feet from non-household members must be maintained
  • Increased cleaning by staff is in effect; cleaning frequency will be posted on often used equipment and spaces
  • All service desks have “sneeze guards”

Books and Materials

  • Curbside pick-up will continue for those who are not yet ready to enter the library
  • Catalog computers are available to look up books
  • Users may browse the shelves with one person/family in an aisle at a time
  • Users will check out by holding up cards and books to a stationary wand at the Checkout Desk
  • Kits and backpacks will not be available for checkout
  • Interlibrary Loan service will resume

Returning material

  • All materials must be returned in the outdoor book drop
  • Items are quarantined for 4 days, and are not checked in until after that time
  • If fees accrue during quarantine, they will be waived when items are checked in
  • You may still receive notices, but you can disregard them if your items have been returned

Computer Use

  • Ten computers will be available for use, one person per computer
  • Sessions may last for one hour
  • Keyboards are fitted with plastic covering and must not be removed
  • Computer components will be cleaned between each session
  • Printing is available as normal via the vend station or through the remote printing feature from laptops and mobile device

Office Services

  • Copying and fax services are available for use by one person at a time
  • Notary service will be available. Please call or email for availability
  • Ask at the Help Desk if you must make an essential call using the library phone

Tables and Study Rooms

  • Table use is limited to one person per table and should be used by those with longer research needs
  • The open-access study room will be available for use for two people or less for one hour at a time

Restrooms and water fountains

  • Restrooms are open
  • Water fountains will not be accessible

Meeting Rooms

  • Rooms 119 and 214 in the North building will be available by reservation
  • Room 138 (non-profit room) is being used to quarantine books and is closed. Non-profits qualifying for Room 138, will be given use of Room 119
  • Coffee and water service is not available, but you may provide your own drinks
  • We will work toward opening more meeting rooms as we are able. Most rooms are currently being used for quarantine and storage

Friends of the Library Continuous Sale

  • The sale will not be available until further notice
  • Book donations cannot be accepted until further notice

AARP Tax Assistance

Programs and Classes

  • All library provided programs and classes will be provided virtually until further notice.

Volunteering

  • To allow as many library users as possible, volunteer service is on hold until further notice