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Library Tentatively Scheduled to Reopen on Wednesday, June 3rd

posted May 26, 2020, 10:06 AM by Lawrence County Public Library
(Moulton, AL), (May 26, 2020) – The Director and Board of the Lawrence County Public Library (LCPL) have been closely monitoring recommendations by local, state, and national officials regarding the COVID-19 virus, in addition to other Alabama Public Libraries. After careful consideration, the library is tentatively scheduled to reopen on Wednesday, June 3rd at 10 a.m. Please note the Children’s Library will not reopen as that room is designated as the book quarantine room. 

Listed below are service changes the library is making during this time. Please understand these changes are subject to additional changes at any time.

Library Services shift to Circulation Only to limit public assembly

• Library becomes holds pick up, checkout & return, and quick browsing only.
• The Children’s library will be closed to the public as it has been designated the quarantine room for returned items. Returned items must be quarantined for a period of no less than 72 hours.
• Patrons may check out no more than five (5) items of which no more than 2 may be video items. This is because the library lacks sufficient space to safely quarantine multiple patrons returns who checkout the maximum 25 items.
• Library will be limited to no more than 15 non-staff members at a time. Others must queue in a line outside to enter the building.
• Library facilities are open under limited use. This includes reduced hours of operation. Library will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, Monday - Friday. Library requests the public to respect 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. as the designated time for our senior patrons or those at moderate to high risk.
• Staff have access to the building from 9:30 a.m. -4:30 p.m. to facilitate sanitizing areas and collection or as directed by the director. Items that have been quarantined for the designated time may be shelved at this time.
• Programs, meetings, or prolonged use of any kind; including study, reading, and public computer use are cancelled. If limited computer use can be arranged to comply with health department recommendations, efforts will be made to provide computer use on a limited basis not to exceed one (1) hour with an emphasis on the essential tasks of tax filing, census reports, unemployment benefits, legal forms, etc. No more than two public computers will be available to facilitate social distancing. Please understand library staff cannot provide assistance as staff must keep a minimum of six feet away from patrons. 
• Public wifi is accessible from our parking lot. Patrons may use their devices outside the building, but must maintain a six foot distance from others.
• Seating areas will not be available to the public.
• Library will be unable to provide fax, copy, or scan services during this stage.
• No physical donations can be accepted during this stage.
• Public is informed about limited access and measures being taken via web and social media.
• Patrons must wear a mask to enter the building. As the library only has access to a limited number of masks, patrons are responsible for providing their own masks. Staff will not provide services to patrons refusing to wear masks with the exception of ADA accommodations. 
• Public restrooms are closed to the public as the library lacks the manpower and supplies to sanitize restrooms between usages.
• Management begins preparations for Stage One or Three as appropriate and keeps all staff informed. 
• The library reopening or remaining open is contingent on having the appropriate items and staff to sanitize the library. Without those supplies, the library will be unable to open.