July 13 update: in accordance with state mandates, masks or face coverings are now required to enter our buildings.
It’s been a looooooong 3 ½ months, and we’ve missed all our patrons terribly! We’re so excited to welcome everyone back into the libraries.
We are still going to be operating a little differently than we did before the COVID-19 pandemic, so before you visit, you should be aware of some of these changes. We will be following strict occupancy limits to encourage social distancing, so there could be a short wait at peak visiting times.
We are also asking visitors to limit their time in the building as much as possible so we can accommodate more patrons. We want everyone to have ample time to meet their needs, but we also want to allow everyone the opportunity to come in and utilize our services.
Our libraries will only be open to the public on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This allows staff additional time for our enhanced cleaning measures of all surfaces and circulating materials.
If you can’t make it to visit us during those times, or if you just don’t feel comfortable coming inside, you can take advantage of curbside service. We will continue to offer this service by appointment on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Call us at 270-338-4760 to make an appointment between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on these days. We require at least 24 hours’ notice to get your holds ready to be picked up, so call early.
There will be additional changes inside the building, including limited seating and limited public computer availability. Staff will be unable to assist patrons on public computers, but we will continue posting video tutorials to help alleviate this need. Public computers and high-touch surfaces will be cleaned frequently.
We will also be enforcing public computer access time limits to allow everyone the opportunity to use these computers. Computer use will be limited to one hour per person.
If you need to use a public computer for an extended period of time, such as to take an online test, please notify library staff.
Magazines and children’s toys will not be available, and we will continue to only accept returned items through the drop boxes outside both buildings. All returned items will be quarantined for at least 3 days and cleaned thoroughly before they will be available for checkout again. Items will not be removed from your patron account until after this quarantine period is complete, but no late fees will be accrued during the quarantine period for items returned during this time.
We are taking steps to ensure that the items on our shelves are as clean and safe as possible. We have placed baskets throughout the stacks for any items that you remove from the shelves while browsing. It is crucial that anything touched by a visitor should be placed in these baskets and NOT replaced on the shelves so staff can properly clean and/or quarantine the item before replacing it. As such, we encourage all visitors to the building to refrain from excessive handling of the items on our shelves. We do understand that some contact is necessary for adequate access, and you should feel free to take a closer look at any items you are interested in. However, we do ask that you browse without touching as much as possible.
Hand sanitizer will be available at various locations throughout our buildings, and we encourage visitors to wash their hands or use sanitizer frequently while visiting our libraries. We will require the use of hand sanitizer before using public computers or copy machines.
Masks are required for all staff. We ask our patrons to also wear face coverings, if possible, and practice proper social distancing to ensure the safety of all our community members.
Thistle Cottage will remain closed at this time. We will also continue to provide online programming rather than in person.
These guidelines, as well as our reopening date, are subject to change based on community infection rates and recommendations from health and safety officials.
We appreciate your patience, understanding and assistance during this time as we work to continue serving our community while keeping everyone as safe as possible.
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