MLJ Library Announces Protocols for Monday’s Reopening

MLJ Reopening Procedures for Monday June 29th, 2020

When you come to visit us, we’ll be happy to see you! You will notice, though, that our spaces and procedures look different from before as we have put measures in place to comply with the Governor’s Responsible ReStart Ohio Plan. We expect all staff and community members to stay at least 6 feet apart. Staff is required to wear face coverings, and customers are encouraged, but not required, to do so.

If you are symptomatic: cough, shortness of breath, fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell, please come back and see us another time when you are feeling better.

All children under the age of 12 must have an adult with them inside the library. Children must be within arm’s reach of the adult at all times and until further notice (If you are on the computer, your child must be seated next to you, not in a different area of the library).

No more than 25 patrons in the Library at any given time.

Increased cleaning protocols following all recommended CDC/ State of Ohio guidelines including a 72-hour quarantine of library materials and enhanced sanitizing protocol.

Limit your time in the Library to one (1) hour to accommodate as many users as possible.

While browsing of the collection will be allowed: we will ask, that if patrons pull an item off the shelf to review it that they do not put it back on the shelf but to place it on any of the carts located around the library. Items will then be placed into a 72-hour quarantine and sanitized before being returned to the shelf.

Computer use limited to 1 hour per day and one (1) person per computer. Sorry, no time extension…even if no one is waiting.

Enhanced sanitizing/disinfecting protocol after each patron use. Keyboard, mouse, desk, chair

Patrons must practice social distancing of six feet while in the Library. With this in mind please limit to 4 persons while browsing in the DVD section.

Patrons are strongly encouraged to wear masks and to use available hand sanitizer while browsing the collection.
R
eturned items will be quarantined for 3-4 days before check-in. So your account still may show it is due even if you have returned it.

While curbside service has been well received and will continue as an option to use the library for the foreseeable future, we know people are anxious to come into the building and browse the collection for themselves. We are excited to welcome the community back to the library and are hopeful that if we all follow these guidelines,
we can create an atmosphere that prioritizes safety while also providing access to the collection.

Services currently unavailable: meeting room (canceled through July). A revaluation will occur on a monthly basis.

Access to our local history area will be available by appointment only

Check-in with staff at the desk

One (1) hour per day

Two (2) person maximum occupancy

Reserve by asking staff at the Reference desk, or by calling 419-673-2278.

(The preceding information was on the MLJ Library Facebook page)