Library’s Partial Reopening Coming in May
We are preparing the Library for a partial reopening beginning in May. The plan is to be open by appointment on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. beginning May 6th.
This was part of our original plan last year when we thought we would be opening in the summer. We will be using a service called Qless, which allows you to send a text via your phone to add yourself to the line to come in. You will also be able to download the Qless app on your smart device to make appointments ahead of time or by visiting the Library’s website and click on the Qless icon on our homepage. Eventually all the departments in City Hall will be using the same app to make appointments.
What is going to be different?
Well, waiting in line to enter the building is new since we must limit the capacity. Our capacity when we are fully open is 43 people and under current COVID restrictions we will only be able to be open at 50% capacity so including staff we will be able to have 14 people in at one time.
The other big change and you will discover this across the county at every library is the removal of seating. For the time being until we are truly back to normal the library will be just for browsing and quick visits. I know many users love to come sit and read the paper, read magazines, or work on homework or projects. However, for the time being this will not be allowed. We are looking into getting an umbrella and a little table to be placed outside near the book drops so people will be able to take the newspaper and read.
The Library entrance while City Hall is still closed, we be temporarily moved to the Children’s Room Door. This is the door you see the staff running in and out of when we bring bags out for curbside. In preparation for this being our main entrance for a while, the holds shelf has been moved into the Children’s room and we have added a second self-checkout machine to the room. This will allow you to come in and pick up your holds and check them out quickly. Don’t have your library card? You can use the MARINet app to electronically store your library card which the self-checkout machine can read directly from your phones screen!
Curbside service will continue to be 12-4 pm Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. As we have more staff come on board, we will begin to expand our open days.