Crook County Library plans limited reopening Monday
Pending the developing COVID-19 situation and directives from state and local public health officials, the Crook County Library reopened its building to the public in a limited fashion on Monday.
Public computers, Wi-Fi, and printing/scanning/faxing will be available as will browsing of new items and opportunities to seek assistance from library staff. During the library's initial reopening phase, browsing in most of the building will not be available, and the children's, teen, and meeting rooms will be closed. The number of people in the building will also be limited.
The library will be open on Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Library staff asks that people please reserve 9-10 a.m. Monday-Friday for seniors and otherwise vulnerable individuals.
"For everyone's safety, the library has a few extra items of note for people who want to use the facility," said Library Director Buzzy Nielsen.
Library patrons are asked to abide by public health guidelines. Stay home if you're sick, use face coverings, and wash your hands regularly. More information from the Central Oregon Emergency Information Network (COEIN) will be available at the library. Masks will be available upon request, while supplies last. Sanitizer will be available throughout the building.
Nielsen noted that several changes have been made to the building to encourage 6-foot physical distancing. Most of the building will continue to be closed, and the number of people in the main part of the library will be limited to 16 initially (staff included).
That number will increase during subsequent weeks, and more parts of the building will reopen. Open browsing of most shelves will be restricted initially, too, to avoid transmitting the virus. Staff will be available to fetch items for patrons.
Food cannot be consumed in the building, although drinks in closed or lidded containers are still welcomed. Also, due to demand and limited devices, computer use will be limited to an hour per day. "There will be a dedicated computer to apply for government benefits (e.g. unemployment) and complete the Census," Nielsen said.
Curbside hold pickup will remain available at the library's Second Street staff entrance, near the after-hours dropbox. People wishing to pick up their holds can use the parking spots along the street and either call on their mobile phones or ring the doorbell to speak to a staff member. Curbside pickup will be available on Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
"There are no plans in the near future to reopen the library's Juniper and Broughton meeting rooms, so the library is not taking reservations at this time," Nielsen said. "The Study Room is available during library open hours for up to three people, provided that public health guidelines are followed.
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