The Meadville Public Library’s Board of Directors passed a reopening plan for the Meadville Public Library last week at its monthly meeting. The Library will reopen to the public on Monday, August 17th at 9:00 AM. This reopening comes with new library hours which will be 9AM to 6PM, Monday through Friday and 9AM to 1PM on Saturdays. The library will reserve the first hour each day from 9 to 10 for use by senior citizens.
Though the library will be reopened, it will operate differently from when it closed in March. All patrons, except those who need to use the handicapped entrance, will be asked to enter through the front door on Main Street. For the safety of patrons and staff, library access will be limited to 25 people at a time. Patrons will be asked to limit their visits to less than 30 minutes. Masks must be worn at all times within the library building and patrons are asked to maintain social distancing. MPL will provide masks to those that need them. All books will be checked out at a desk in the Children’s Room, with all patrons required to exit through the side door.
The building’s second floor fiction area will be closed. Fiction books will be available on the main floor. “Providing library service while also implementing social distancing practices has proven to be extremely challenging”, said Library Director John Brice. “By combining adult service collections to one floor we can operate in the safest way possible and hopefully prevent any COVID 19 spread.”
Computers and printers will be available, but users will be limited to 30 minutes at a time. Fax services will also be available by appointment. Patrons will have full access to browse the regular collection, but curbside service will continue by appointment for those who do not wish to come inside the library. Please call to make an appointment for pickup.
Due to health concerns, some services will remain unavailable at this time. One-on-one patron services that cannot be accomplished while practicing social distancing is no longer available. This includes computer and equipment/device assistance. All seating has been removed, and all meeting rooms and the restroom will remain closed. Story Times and other in-person programming will be postponed for the foreseeable future.
The library will be cleaning the building twice a day and wiping down common surfaces continuously during the day. All books returned will be quarantined for three days, so patrons will not see returned books leave their accounts until that quarantine period has ended. Fines will remain suspended until the library returns to regular service.