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Phase 2C Policy 


JRVLS Reopening Plan

Phase 2C


Library operation is subject to maintaining adequate sanitation, health, and protective supplies.

The Board will monitor the COVID-19 situation for possible re-evaluation of the library’s service status; a positive COVID-19 test from any library employee will result in immediate closure of the affected library or libraries.


The Board will determine the timing of reopening phases based on the evolving situation, and will do so in accordance with recommendations or directives from the Governor’s office and local officials.


The goal of Phase 2C service is getting patrons into and out of the library as efficiently as possible, thereby reducing risks.


Library hours will be as follows:

  • ADPL will be open 10 am – 6 pm M-F and 11 am – 4 pm Sat
  • SCL will be open 9 am – 5 pm M-F

The following Phase 2C restrictions will be put in place to minimize risks for patrons and employees:


Social Distancing


Patrons will be encouraged not to loiter in the library and may be asked to leave if they stay for more than 1 hour

Patrons will be expected to social distance in 6-foot intervals (except for families).

One chair will be available at each patron table

Libraries will operate checkout lines with spacing clearly delineated.

There will be no public meetings or programming except for social media events.

The meeting room will be closed.


Prevention Measures


Patrons & staff will be strongly encouraged to wear masks.

Staff will be encouraged to wear gloves as needed.

Staff will be required to use hand sanitizer and/or wash hands regularly.

Hand sanitizer will be provided to patrons.


State-provided COVID-19 signage will be posted at entrances:

  • People with cough or fever must not enter the library
  • Social distancing guidelines
  • Handwashing guidelines

Staff will sanitize patron surfaces regularly, including restrooms and photocopiers.


Staff will be responsible to sanitize their own work stations regularly, including telephones.


Patrons will be given instructions for sanitizing library items at home.


Limiting Contact with Librarians


Items will be returned to the book drops or to bins at the circulation desks:

  • Staff will not check in or handle returns
  • Returned items will be quarantined for 3 days prior to check-in

Plexiglass sneeze guards will shield checkout stations.


Patrons will slip checkout items under plexiglass so librarians don’t need to touch.


Limiting Contact with Library Equipment


Patron computers will be available for limited use:

  • 3 adult computers will be available at ADPL
  • 3 computers will be available at SCL (may be used by children & adults)
  • 2 children’s computers will be available at ADPL
  • 30 minute sessions; limit of one session per user
  • Staff will disinfect between sessions
  • Headphones will be kept at the desk (disposable headphones will be distributed on a donation basis)

Toys, puzzles, coloring materials, and similar items will not be available.

The telephone will not be available for patrons to make or receive calls.




Limited curbside delivery stops and outdoor programs will be scheduled (no inside patron contact).


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