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We are currently allowed to host up to 100 people at any given time.
Yes, we encourage you to bring your kids with you to the library. There are no limits on how many people within a family can enter the library at any given time.
We have 8 public computers available for the public to use. All computer stations are adequately spaced to allow for social distancing. Due to demand for this resource, patrons will be given 1 hour each day to use the computers. If someone needs additional time to apply for a job, gain access to local, state and federal assistance or other vital uses, library staff will be able to allow more computer time on a case by case basis. All gaming on public computers will be suspended during this phase of our re-opening.
Yes, guests will be able to access books and other library materials within the children’s area of the library. During this phase of our re-opening, children’s computers, toys and other objects have been removed to mitigate the spread of the virus. Fun on the Run packs are also not available at this time.
For all in-person library visits, all patrons over the age of 2 will need to wear a mask. The mask must be solid fabric; no lace or mesh masks are allowed. We do have disposable masks available to people who need them. If you don’t wish to wear a mask or are unable to do so, our staff is happy to provide you holds pick-up service in the building lobby or curbside. Thanks in advance for helping us keep our staff healthy and able to provide service to the community.
According to guidance from the CDC and initial results from a scientific study testing the time it takes for the virus to be undetectable on library materials of various compositions, we are placing all library materials in quarantine for 4 business days before handling them. All materials being sent to and coming from other libraries are also quarantined for 4 days at both locations before handling. Please allow a minimum of 1 week for items to be checked in after return and 2 weeks for items to arrive from other libraries.
There are areas available to read materials in the library while remaining socially distanced from other guests. We are asking that you use hand sanitizer before and after reading magazines and newspapers in the library to mitigate the spread of the virus.
We are offering curbside pickup currently but there are differences:
We cannot accept returns via curbside. We cannot hand you your items. You might not be able to use the curbside parking space, but any parking spot on Church St. is ok.
*Curbside exchanges will now consist of your holds in a bag labelled with your last name. A staff member will put the bag on the sidewalk near the library’s entrance on Church St. If you have mobility issues, please let us know and we will deliver your holds to your vehicle. If you are in quarantine, please send another person to pick up your holds. We will check them out to a family member or friend for you.
Our study rooms are currently unavailable. We don’t anticipate being able to open them until after the virus is controlled. There are tables with single chairs throughout the library for those who need a quiet place to study.
We will have programming; however, it will be virtual for the remainder of the summer and through the end of the year. Be sure to subscribe to our You Tube channel to get the latest programming and like our Facebook page for additional programming ideas and opportunities.
Our library definitely looks and feels different right now. Before the pandemic, we encouraged community members to linger and gather for as long as they like. Ultimately, our goal is to return to building a social, community-building environment; however, until the virus is contained, we are encouraging everyone to think of the library as a grocery store environment. Find the materials and information you need and enjoy them at home.
Thanks for your generous offer of donated books. Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus and the steps we must take to ensure books are not carrying the virus, we don’t have the capacity to accept book donations at this time. There are a few places in the Holland/Zeeland area accepting donations. Again, we appreciate your generous offer and continued support.
Our director, Heather Wood-Gramza, is more than happy to answer questions and address concerns. She may be contacted by emailing email@example.com or by calling the library at 616.772.0874.