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COVID-19 has forced our building to close temporarily, but it has not closed our library. Virtual and digital services continue, developed and provided through the talents and creativity of the library’s extraordinary staff. As we commit every day to extend those services to our community, we are thinking carefully about what a return to our physical spaces must consider and include. While we assess our environment and discuss scenarios, there are elements of that environment we do not know and cannot predict, such as when governmental orders to shelter in place and to permit only “essential” services to continue will be lifted. We do know, however, that a return to physical spaces will not be an immediate return to a pre-pandemic environment. First and foremost, the health, safety, and well-being of our staff members and our patrons have guided and will continue to guide the development of these stages and in large part will determine when we reopen our facilities.

The Library Director reopens the library building and services in consultation with the Library Board President while in communication with the Library Board of Trustees and local authorities, and in response to recommendations and directives from the CDC, WHO, federal, state and local government agencies.  We are following Restore Illinois Phases for our Region.

Note: Specific details about protocols and procedures for phases are often finalized during the planning while in the previous phase. For example, final decisions about services in Phase 3 will be made while planning in Phase 2 based on the environmental conditions at that time. The items below are listed for inclusion in the planning process.

Restore Illinois Phase 1:  Closed to the public, staff in building to perform essential duties with appropriate PPE and safety procedures.  All staff working remotely upon Board approval.

Restore Illinois Phase 2:  Closed to the public, staff in building to perform essential duties with appropriate PPE and safety procedures. Virtual programming, reference, and chat services being offered remotely. Book drops open to receive returned materials. All returned items will be quarantined based on current research and best practices from the CDC, IMLS studies.

All public meeting rooms will remain closed to the public.

Restore Illinois Phase 3:  Closed to the public, staff in building to perform essential duties including curbside services with appropriate PPE and safety procedures. Virtual programming, reference, and chat services being offered remotely. Book drops will be open to receive returned materials.  All returned items will be quarantined based on current research and best practices from the CDC, IMLS studies. 

  • Curbside Hours & Services (subject to change):  Materials Checkout, Hub 3D prints, tax forms, and prints
    • Winter (November 1, 2020-March 13, 2021): Monday-Friday 10am-4pm; Saturday 10am-2pm; Sunday 1pm-4pm
    • Spring (March 14, 2021-May 29, 2021): Monday-Thursday 10am-8pm; Friday 10am-5pm; Sat 10am-2pm; Sunday 1pm-4pm
    • Summer (May 30, 2021-September 5 , 2021):  Monday-Thursday 10am-8pm; Friday 10am to 5pm; Sat 10am-2pm; Closed Sunday
    • Fall (September 6, 2021-November 6, 2021):  Monday-Thursday 10am-8pm; Friday 10am-5pm; Sat 10am-2pm; Sunday 1pm-4pm
  • Reference Hours & Services (subject to change):  Chat, email, and phone Monday-Thursday 10am-8pm; Friday 10am-5pm; Saturday 10am-2pm; Sunday 1pm-5pm (Sundays close annually from Memorial through Labor Day)

To maintain the health, safety, and well-being of our staff members and volunteers, volunteer work will not take place in the building.

Restore Illinois Phase 4:  Open to the public with public health & safety guidelines adhered to under guidance from the Illinois Department of Health.  Programming will be virtual due to social distancing requirements and the need to quarantine materials in meeting rooms. Out of an abundance of caution, services will be restored and added back in subphases. 

  • Phase 4A: Open to the public with public health & safety guidelines adhered to under guidance from the Illinois Department of Health. Patrons will be allowed in the library via appointment only. Appointments may be made by contacting the library.
  • Phase 4B: Open to the public with public health & safety guidelines adhered to under guidance from the Illinois Department of Health. Patrons will be allowed in the building with limited access privileges to adhere to social distancing guidelines (Grab & Go).
    • Per IDPH, and out of an abundance of caution additionally, Lake County and risk factors for the Grayslake community, if the positivity rate averages less than or equal to 6.5 percent over a 3-day consecutive period the library building will reopen to the public for Grab & Go. Follow the latest regional metrics at https://dph.illinois.gov/regionmetrics.
  • Phase 4C: Mitigation of resurgence by the Illinois Dept. of Health for Region 9 at 8% 7 Day Rolling Average Test Positivity 3 Consecutive Days, and out of an abundance of caution additionally, Lake County and risk factors for the Grayslake community.  In essence, refer back to Restore Illinois Phase 3 but staff can still be in the building for both non-essential and essential services with appropriate PPE and safety procedures.
  • Phase 4DMitigation of resurgence by the Illinois Dept. of Health for Region 9 at Tier 3, and out of an abundance of caution additionally, Lake County and risk factors for the Grayslake community.  In essence refer back to Restore Illinois Phase 3.

All public meeting rooms and study rooms will remain closed to the public.  To maintain the health, safety, and well-being of our staff members and volunteers, volunteer work will not take place in the building.

Restore Illinois Phase 5:  Open to the public with all manner of in-person services and programming restored.  PPE and Social Distancing no longer required.  Volunteers return to assist in the building per usual.

*FINAL CAVEAT: Should the situation call for a more nuanced response than is outlined here, the library may adjust this response to meet emergent needs.

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