The Chester County Library will be initiating Phase 3 of reopening on Tuesday, May 26.
The guidelines are as follows:
The library can be used during order of no more gatherings of more than ten (10) or fifty (50) and while stay at home orders are lifted or relaxed. This phase is a soft opening.
The library will open to the public with the following restrictions:
Appointments only for computer use. Four (4) public access computers will be available for use by appointment only. Only one-hour sessions are available per person, per day. Priority will be given to those completing school, job applications, and tests. Computers will be cleaned after each use and there is a one hour waiting time before another patron can be placed on that computer.
Appointments for copy and fax services. Patrons can enter the library but may not wander around the library. Library staff will make the copies and/or fax the documents to prevent the number of individuals touching the machines. Those waiting for faxes or copies will be asked to wait at the desk and follow social distancing protocol.
Curbside pick up of materials. Materials can be reserved online, via email, or by phone and an appointment made to pick items up.
Patrons can enter the library to get materials but will not be able to browse the stacks. All items will be retrieved by library staff and brought to the front desk for checkout by the patron. Items can be obtained via the following method:
Looking over the new books listing and making note of the items desired.
Using the online catalogue to look up authors and books to make a list for library staff.
Specific to no gatherings of more than ten (10) patrons the doors to the library will be locked when eight patrons are in the library and a sign will be placed on the door to wait. Once people leave, new patrons can enter.
All returned items will be sanitized and held in quarantine for 72 hours before being shelved.
All programming is suspended with the exception of take and go crafts and virtual programs.
Meeting rooms will not be in use.
Marks will be made on the floor to indicate six feet distances for patrons waiting. Patrons will be allowed to use one table (one person at a time) for reading the newspaper and allowed to use one table (one person at a time) to use their own devices on the wi-fi. Table and chair used will be cleaned after each use.
Should there be a limit of no more than ten (10) in the library at a time, a time limit will be in place of one hour per day.
Limited hours as follows Monday-Wednesday and Friday: 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. – Elderly and Vulnerable Patrons. 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. – All patrons. 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. – Staff only to allow time for in-depth cleaning at the end of the day.
Limited hours as follows Thursday: Noon – 2:00 p.m. – Elderly and Vulnerable Patrons, 2 – 6:30 p.m. – All patrons. 6:30 – 7:00 p.m. – Staff only to allow time for in-depth cleaning at the end of the day.
Limited hours as follows Saturday: 9:30 – 11:15 a.m. – Elderly and Vulnerable Patrons. 11:15 a.m. – noon – All patrons. Noon – 12:30 p.m. – Staff only to allow time for in-depth cleaning at the end of the day.