The safety of our patrons and staff is our highest priority. We are monitoring local, state, and federal health agencies for updates and guidance regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and will communicate any change in the library’s operation, should it become necessary, as quickly as possible via the web site and social media. While we cannot eliminate risk entirely, the Library is taking the following measures to protect the health and safety of our patrons and staff and attempt to limit the spread of COVID-19:
During time of closure
- The library will be closed from March 14 through April 30
- All programs, outreach, and outside study room reservations through April 30th have been cancelled because of the social proximity it creates and the uncertainty of the environments at outreach events
- We will not be charging fines for the time being. All due dates have been extended until May 1. (This includes materials you may have gotten from another library in the SWAN system.) Please do not return materials while the library is closed.
When the library reopens
- Staff members will not come to work if they are ill
- Books and materials will be cleaned as they are returned. Remember, even if the library reopens, your due dates will continue to be extended through May 1. There should not be any rush to return them.
- Cleaning and sanitization of frequently used surfaces and high traffic areas will increase
- Hand sanitizer will be widely available, and encouraged, for patron use
- Signs have been posted throughout the library encouraging and explaining proper handwashing and how to cover a cough or sneeze to limit the spread of germs
For the safety of our library community, we humbly request that if any patrons are ill, please refrain from coming to the library until you are well. While at the library, we recommend washing your hands or using hand sanitizer frequently. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines for handwashing can be found here. Also, please follow CDC guidelines for hygiene etiquette for coughing or sneezing while sharing space with others.
In the event the library would need to close for any amount of time because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will communicate that closure as quickly as possible through our web site and social media. We would also reopen as soon as it is safe to do so with guidance and cooperation from local and state health agencies. Please know that IF Library closure is extended because of the pandemic, due dates for materials will automatically be suspended until the library reopens and there will be a grace period for patrons to return materials. No patrons would be charged late fees for materials not returned during the closure. As a reminder, we also have many online resources available 24/7 for your research and reading needs.
Thank you for your cooperation and understanding as we try to respond to this pandemic in the safest and most prudent ways possible to maintain the safety and health of our library community.