The Sugar Grove Library has identified Monday, July 13, as a target date for reopening with limited hours and services as part of the Phase 4 ReOpen Illinois Plan.
Library Dirctor Shannon Halikias said the library is implementing a phased-in approach in order to handle the extra associated cleaning, materials management, and to mitigate the risk of exposure to our staff members.
“We recognize that every library may move at a different pace with reopening hours of operation,” she said in a news release. “At Sugar Grove, part of our measures also recognize that we are a small staff with limited hours and resources in relation to other surrounding libraries.”
Halikias said managing the safety and reducing risk for staff members and patrons is a priority.
The Institute of Museum and Library Services funded definitive studies to review how long COVID-19 lives on materials and surfaces that may be shared by patrons. Results indicated that it remains on surfaces for three days, and this data helped library officials decide on the course of action to manage materials as well as plan reopening.
The Sugar Grove Library will reopen on Monday, July 13 with the same hours that have been provided by curbside services: 10 a.m. o 2 p.m. Monday, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
A concierge desk will be in the front foyer to count patrons as a limited amount of patrons will be allowed per square foot.
Library officials recommend each patrons use the library for 30 minutes at a time, and essentially “Grab and Go” their browsed materials. Masks are required to enter, and an additional policy outlined in the state’s Phase 4 plan will be in effect.
Curbside services will continue until July 9. Beginning July 13, all holds will be picked up in library.
Specific points of service may include:
- Face masks are required, under Policy 405 on the sgpl.org website.
- “Grab and Go” browsing — with courtesy time limits.
- Continued quarantine of returned materials for three days, checked in on the fourth day.
- Protective shields in place for both staff and patrons.
- Staff utilizing personal protective equipment.
- Sanitizer throughout the building, usage required upon entrance.
- Distancing measures in place, with designated waiting and service points.
- Meeting rooms, study spaces and tables are not available at this phase.
- Toy/play areas are not available at this phase.
- Shared keyboards may be covered in plastic, replaced frequently.
- Sanitizing wipes for shared surfaces available.
- Frequently cleaning during open hours.
- Cleaning of surfaces and sanitizating on closed days.
- Filters in the HVAC replaced with highest grade possible – dampers opened to 80% for increased fresh air flow.
“We will continue to evaluate open hours, and add more in as both patrons and staff adapt to the extra workload and restrictions,” Halikias said. “More hours are anticipated to be added as we will evaluate, and hopefully expand services every two weeks.”
SOURCE: Sugar Grove Library news release