Skowhegan Free Public Library Re-Opening Plan

The following document is intended to be used as a tool to propose and analyze various phases of re-opening as deemed safe and appropriate by library leadership, Maine State Library protocols, CDC guidelines and Maine Governor’s orders. All stages are dependent upon recommendations and/or requirements established by those groups. Virtual programming, digital collections and reference help will continue throughout all stages described below.


 

 

STAGE ONE 

No public access to building

  • Limited curbside service (zero contact by using a table set up in the front foyer)

    • Monday and Wednesday 2:00 – 6:00

    • Friday 10:00 – 2:00 

  • Distribute existing holds 

  • Staff only in the building 

  • Install plexiglass at the main circulation desk

  • Staff wear masks when in contact with the public and/or away from their computer stations. Staff will only use their own workstations and not share those spaces with other staff. 

  • Re-open book drops with a plan for 3-day quarantine on incoming materials. 

  • Put some outside furniture on the front lawn to allow people a place to access the Wi-Fi without entering the building 

 

STAGE TWO

Limited access to building

  • Entrance to the building by appointment. Appointments will be accepted for the current day only

    • Monday and Wednesday 2:00 – 6:00

    • Friday 10:00 – 2:00 

  • When open to public, only limited staff in the building. Volunteers may return during “closed” hours.

  • Request all people who have traveled outside the state to wait the 14-day period before visiting

  • Encourage masks and hand sanitizing for admission into the building

  • Maintain 6-foot social distancing rule

  • Staff wear masks when in contact with the public and/or away from their computer stations. Staff will only use their own workstations and not share those spaces with other staff. 

  • Two computers available for access in the building (by appointment and for a limited time of 20 minutes per session) 

  • No services that promote lingering or gathering 

    • No programming

    • No toys in the children’s room

    • No study areas / conference room access

    • Genealogy Room closed

    • Prohibit usage of tables/chairs/couches

    • Removal of magazines and newspapers to the public

  • Check in books and reshelf after a 72-hour waiting period

  • Holds are held a minimum 3 days between patrons

  • All circulation will be through the main desk only

  • Create areas for patrons to place books that have been browsed through but not checked out – so staff can wipe down and disinfect before re-shelving

  • Hourly cleaning of high touch areas

  • Thorough cleaning between each computer user

  • Continue to operate with minimal staff in the building at one time

  • Copy/fax services available by appointment with photocopying/faxing to be done by staff.

 

STAGE THREE

Expanding but still limited access to building

  • Reinstate open access to the building with masks and hand sanitizing encouraged by all visitors (keeping total number of people within the Governor’s recommendation).

  • Request all people who have traveled outside the state to wait the 14-day period before visiting

  • When open to public, only limited staff in the building. Volunteers may return during “closed” hours.

  • Shortened hours of operations to decrease staff interaction with public and allow materials handling to occur primarily during closed hours 

    • Monday and Wednesday 2:00 – 6:00

    • Friday 10:00 – 2:00 

  • Staff wear masks when in contact with the public and/or away from their computer stations. Staff will only use their own workstations and not share those spaces with other staff. 

  • Maintain 6-foot social distancing rule

  • No services that promote lingering or gathering 

    • No programming

    • No toys in the children’s room

    • No study areas / conference room access

    • Genealogy Room Closed

    • Prohibit usage of tables/chairs/couches

    • Removal of magazines and newspapers to the public

  • All circulation will be through the main desk only

  • Create areas for patrons to place books that have been browsed through but not check out – so staff will wipe down and disinfect before re-shelving

  • Two computers available for access with for a limited time of 20 minutes per session 

  • Thorough cleaning between each computer user 

  • Copy/fax services available during hours of new hours of operation to be done by staff only

 

STAGE FOUR

“New normal” 

  • Return to full hours of operations and staffing and volunteer levels

  • Hand sanitizer available at front door and throughout the building

  • Request all people who have traveled outside the state to wait the 14-day period before visiting

  • Enable ILL (if MSL is ready)

  • Reinstate upstairs circulation desk

  • Offer programming while limiting the size of the gatherings to numbers recommended by the CDC, MSL, and Governor

  • Re-open all areas of the library 

  • Hourly cleaning of high touch areas

  • Thorough cleaning between each computer user 

 

STAGE FIVE 

Resume full pre-Covid operating levels

 

 

Adopted by Trustee Board: 5/14/20

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