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Posted on: September 26, 2020

Library Reopening

Library Reopening

We plan to reopen Tuesday, October 6th at 11 AM! 

When visiting us, you will see temporary changes to our operations as we take steps to keep our patrons and staff safe. We consider these responses to be fluid, meaning that what we do may change from week to week depending on current State and local government recommendations, service demands and our capacity to fulfill them, and the prevalence of COVID-19. The library is a community hub and a place where people of all ages and abilities interact. The goal is to provide basic services while limiting risk as much as possible to staff and those who visit us. Operations will gradually return to normal, but in the meantime:  

  • Operating hours are temporarily reduced. The building will be open to the public Tuesday-Saturday, 11 am-6 pm. We will be closed on Sunday and Monday. 
  • We will continue offering curbside pick-up of library items each day from 11 am-6 pm. Curbside service will take place at the side entrance of the library near the outside item return. 
  • Curbside delivery of print jobs will be discontinued. All printing will take place inside the building and standard fees for print jobs will resume.
  • Many of our regular services will be available including printing, faxing, scanning, notary service, InterLibrary Loan service and TexShare cards. 
  • All items are to be returned through our exterior book drop on the side of the building facing Elbel. Items are quarantined upon their return, so the interior drop will not be available, and staff cannot take items directly from you. The current recommended quarantine period is 96+ hours. 
  • Fewer public access computers will be available. In order to allow as many patrons as possible to access computers, daily computer time will be reduced to 1 hour per patron, with a 1-hour renewal if no other patrons are waiting to use the computers.  
  • Staff ability to offer help with computers, personal devices and printing will be different. This is because our help usually involves being within the 6 ft. social distance guidelines and requires touching items like keyboards, mice and screens—all things that need to be restricted during a pandemic. We will be utilizing tools that allow us view your desktop and offer help remotely instead of standing at your shoulder.  
  • There will be no in-person programming at this time. Virtual programming will continue. Please see our online calendar for dates and times—there are many events and activities from which to choose!  
  • One self-check kiosk has been moved to the Circulation Desk and will be utilized for the check-out of items. The other two kiosks will be available as usual.
  • Newspapers will be available for reading, but printed magazines have been stored. If you would like to read magazines while in the building or would like to check them out, a staff member will retrieve them for you.
  • Any books or magazines you use while in the library are to be placed on a re-shelving cart so staff can place them in quarantine.
  • Because of social distancing guidelines, seating will be very limited.  
  • Consumption of food and drink in the library has been suspended until further notice. The vending area is temporarily closed.  
  • Study rooms are unavailable until further notice.
  • Meeting rooms are unavailable until further notice.
  • The Read Before Book Store remains closed to the public.
  • We are not accepting donations at this time.  
  • No toys, puzzles, children’s game computers, or other interactive features or activities will be available in the library.
  • Circulation and Information Desks will feature plastic shields. We ask that you not lean over or around them to look at our monitors.  
  • Keyboards, self-check kiosks, restrooms and other frequently-touched surfaces will be regularly sanitized throughout the day.  

For your own safety as well as that of our staff and other patrons, please follow these guidelines to keep your library as safe as possible:  

  • Masks are required while in the building of everyone aged 5 and older. If you have any issues with wearing a mask, we suggest curbside services or online resources as an alternative way of checking out materials.  
  • Everyone will be scanned for a temperature upon entering the building.  
  • Please keep a distance of 6 feet between yourself and our staff or other patrons. 
  • Please wash your hands and use the hand sanitizer available throughout the library.
  • Because seating and study space are restricted, please limit the length of your visit to 2 hours or less, so others have a chance to utilize the facility, too.  
  • Please limit the number of people in your group. Ideally, one adult will visit the library and pick up materials for the entire family. If this is not possible, please keep children with you at all times and do not allow them to explore the library unsupervised. 
  • If you feel sick, please use the library safely from home through our many online resources and/or curbside pick-up.

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