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June 11, 2020

Official Reopening Document

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 also 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 open to receive returned materials.  All returned items will be quarantined; based on current research and best practices from the CDC, IMLS studies. 

  • Services hours for curbside are:  M-Sat 10am-2pm; Additional TU & TH 5-8pm (subject to change)
    • Curbside Services:  Library Materials, HUB 3D prints, Tax Forms, and printed documents
  • Chat, email, and phone M-TH 9:30am-8pm; Fri 9:30am to 5pm; Sat 9:30am-2:30pm

All public meeting rooms 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 until Phase 4B.

Restore Illinois Phase 4:  Open to the public with public health & safety guidelines adhered to under guidance from the Illinois Department of Health. In-person programming options will be limited due to a requirement to adhere to social distancing 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 4 A: 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 4 B: 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.

All public meeting 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 until Phase 4B.

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

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