Reopening – 18 May 2020

The Webster County Library plans to reopen to the public on Monday, May 18th, with social distancing and other precautionary restrictions in place.   We have a couple of weeks of work ahead of us, to get items in from our Evergreen Consortium and our patrons.  During the week of May 4th we will be receiving deliveries from our courier system, to clear out their warehouse of items that have been circulating throughout the state.  Those items have been in quarantine, so they will be ready to return to our shelves.  Beginning the week of May 11th, our book drops will be open for patrons to return items they previously checked out.   Those items will be cleaned and begin their quarantine period.  We will continue to extend due dates and waive fines.

The Library Board and Staff are looking forward to resuming services and serving our patrons.   In the first phase of our reopening, we will be following recommended social distancing guidelines in the Library.   We ask that our patrons limit their time in the building to 30 minutes, to select materials and check outWhen possible, visits should be limited to one member per family.   All Library materials must be returned to our outside book drops, to minimize staff interaction with materials that may have been exposed to COVID-19.  Newspapers and current issues of magazines will be unavailable for browsing, as they cannot be sanitized or quarantined between uses.   Seating throughout the Library will be very limited during this first stage of reopening, as we want our patrons to move in and out of the Library in an efficient manner.   Evergreen Consortium sharing will not resume until 80% of the consortium libraries are open to the public, and that is unlikely to occur until late May or early June.  The Library meeting rooms will not be available for public use, as they are being utilized for quarantining all returned Library materials.  All programs and group events are cancelled through at least the month of June.

We are implementing many changes to provide the safest environment possible for our staff and patrons.  For example, installing plastic shields at our circulation desks, wiping down frequently touched areas on an hourly basis, providing masks/gloves for staff use, and other changes to our procedures and services you may see on your next visit.

We are all in an unprecedented situation, and we ask that you help us to help you by being patient and respectful of our new normal as it stands today.