COVID-19 Information

The library will open to the public with limited services and restricted capacity starting June 1, 2020.

We are working hard to meet the guidelines set forth by the Governor’s proclamation.

Governors proclamation regarding library service:

A library may reopen provided that it limits the number of patrons present to 

  1. 50% of its maximum legal occupancy capacity and 

  2. implements reasonable measures under the circumstances of each library to ensure social distancing of employees and patrons, 

  3. increased hygiene practices, and 

  4. other public health measures to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 consistent with guidance issued by the Iowa Department of Public Health.

Re-opening Logistics

 

Library Building Hours: The library building will be open to the public:

 9-6 Monday through Friday
10-2 Saturday

Entering the Building: Library doors will remain locked but patrons with a reservation can call to enter the building. Walk-in traffic will be allowed based on capacity.

Capacity: In consultation with the staff and Library Director, the Library Board set the capacity at 15 people (not including staff). 

This number, while low, will allow adequate social distancing.

Time Limits: In consultation with the staff and Library Director, the Library Board set the time limit of 30 minutes for general library use and 45 minutes for computer use.

Reservation System: To track capacity & time limits, the library is using an online reservation system. To reserve a time to use the library, the public is encouraged to place a reservation online or to call the library.

Walk-In Service: The library will allow limited walk-in service for people who do not make a reservation. 

Curbside Service: The library will continue to offer curbside service for the foreseeable future.  However, the customers of curbside pick-up may experience a longer delay before items are ready for pick-up. Library staff will fulfill online reserves in less than 24 hrs (Sunday exception).

Homebound Service: Patrons who consider themselves homebound may use this existing service for once a month home delivery.

Children in the library: Children are welcome in the library under the parameters set for capacity and the unattended child policy, which states no one under 8 can be in the library without a caretaker 12 or older.

Fixtures & Furnishings: In general, furniture will remain in place. Individuals visiting the library are expected to use social distancing guidelines.  Since the capacity limit is low, library visitors should not experience difficulty finding an area that meets social distancing guidelines.   

Children’s Section: Almost all manipulatives such as puppets, LEGOS and ice cream truck play items have been placed in storage. Remaining items in the children’s area can used at the discretion of the caregiver. Purell wipes are located in the children’s area.

Public computer stations: The library will only have five public computers available, and they will be six feet apart. The stations will be wiped down in the morning. Wipes will be offered to the public when they check out a computer work station.  

Returned library items: Library items that are returned will be placed in a 24 hour quarantine after which time the items will be shelved.  This practice is based on recommendations from Dr. David Berendes, from the Centers for Disease Control.  The handling of returned library items will be re-evaluated, as new information is made available.

Hand sanitizer will be placed at various places in the building. 

Purell wipes will be available in the children’s area and at the front desk.

Face Masks: The public & library staff will be encouraged to wear a mask.

Summer Reading Programs: Yes! The library will have a Summer Reading Program.  You can sign-up for the program today!

The library will review, adjust and update procedures continually.  We are committed to serving the public while maintaining recommended protocols for public safety.

 

 

The library has made efforts to reduce exposure to COVID-19, but the risk of infection cannot be eliminated. To further reduce your risk, consider using curbside service or online resources.

 

Wearing a mask is strongly encouraged.