Chester County Library announces reopen plan

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The Chester County Library this week released a five-tiered reopening plan, in response to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, with phase one re-implementing the use of the outdoor dropbox and phase five, business as usual.
Phase one began Monday, calling for the return of most library materials. “In preparation for curbside service, we ask that patrons go ahead and return any materials that they have checked out,” stated Library director Savannah Gilbert. Items which should be returned at this time include books, DVDs, audio material, etc., however, hotspots should not be returned in the outdoor box, Gilbert added. “Hotspot patrons are being contacted to schedule appointments for return of the device,” she explained.
All materials will be sanitized, with care to preserve the integrity of library materials, and quarantined for 72 hours prior to reshelving.
Items being returned should be deposited in the dropbox at the east entrance.
Online reservation is available now, in anticipation of curbside service in phase two. The beginning date for phase two has not yet been released.
Phase three and four will see the library doors open to the public, with graduated restrictions, and with phase five the library will resume business as normal.
At this time, the 2020 Summer Reading Program is slated to go ahead as planned. An alternate, virtual plan is in place in case it is deemed unsafe to proceed as planned.
For more information or instructions for online reservation, visit the Chester County Library Facebook page. The complete Chester County Library Pandemic Reopening Plan is available online at

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