Since reopening our book returns, we have been quarantining items for several days to ensure that the items are COVID-free before we handle them and return them to our shelves for others to use. As many of you are aware, this means that items remain on your account for several days after you return them and it has also led to long wait times for items you’ve requested.
Now that all pre-COVID materials that were checked out have been returned, please pay attention to due dates for items checked out. Staff will be happy to print a check out receipt for you at the time of check out. Due to the necessary 4-day quarantine of returned items, patrons will not be penalized for the time an item spends in quarantine. Returned materials will be back-dated to ensure no fines will be charged during those 4 days.
Please know that there will be limits on the number of people in the library and how you can use the library during Phase IV of Restore Illinois.
Again, patrons will be able to:
- Browse the shelves
- Checkout materials
- Return materials (outside drops only)
- Pick up holds
- Get a reference question answered, and
- There will be limited computer access.
There will not be:
- Any seating for reading
- Local History Room access (but the librarian can be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org)
- On-site programs or meetings.
- Change given for copies, prints, and faxes.
Please continue to utilize our eBooks and audiobooks, online resources and more via our website.
The safety and health of our patrons and staff is our priority. Thank you for following guidelines and for your patience and flexibility as we move through this time together.
We Are Open!!!
In conjunction with Central Illinois moving to Phase 4 of COVID-19 reopening, the Library will begin a Walk-Through Reopening on July 8th.
- We are excited to have our doors open again!
- Special Limited Hours: We will have a dedicated hour of 9 to 10 am. Monday-Friday for patrons who are considered at-risk of coronavirus complications (seniors and those with underlying health problems). The library will be closed from 10am to 12pm daily.
- General Public Hours: 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm weekdays, and 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm Sat/Sun
- Curbside Hours: 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm weekdays, and 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm Saturday/Sunday
- All staff and patrons (over the age of 2) are required to enter the building wearing masks covering nose and mouth if medically able. Patrons unable to follow that requirement will be given a Request for Accommodation form containing information on curbside pick up.
- Hand sanitizing stations will be set up for patron use when entering and exiting the building.
- Patrons may enter the building to pick up holds, select materials, use the computers on a limited basis by appointment, copy, fax, and request notary services. We ask that patrons enter the building, find what they need, with limited time, as we are restricted to the number of people we are allowed to have in the building. Please limit the items you bring in to essentials. No Food or Drink will be allowed in the building.
- On July 1st, patrons will be able to place requests for interlibrary loan materials. Patrons will also begin receiving text & email notifications from the SHARE system. To utilize the curbside service, you must call ahead and schedule a pickup time.
- All book drop locations are open.
- We continue to offer virtual programming at this time.
- The meeting room and study rooms remain unavailable.
- We are unable to accept donations.
All programming, outreach, and meeting room bookings have been canceled as well. We will continue to monitor this situation and will reassess as new information becomes available. Please visit our News page and like our Facebook page for more information and updates.
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What is COVID-19?
How Does COVID-19 Spread?
How to Protect Yourself
Clean Your Hands Often
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid Close Contact
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
Stay Home If You Are Sick
- Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Learn what to do if you are sick.
Cover Coughs and Sneezes
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
- Throw used tissues in the trash.
- Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Wear A Facemask If You Are Sick
- If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.
- If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.
Clean and Disinfect
- Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
- If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.