Area libraries reopened for curbside only service on May 27. No date has been set for the libraries to allow patrons back inside, but it will likely not occur until phase three of the state’s reopening plan.
“We are moving in phases as indicated and look forward to opening to the public on a limited basis when we are advised,” said Northwest Regional Library Director Joan Sherif. “We are looking forward to opening up services again and are taking precautions to quarantine books and clean them as well as practicing safety within the libraries and curbside.”
“The COVID 19 virus has had an unprecedented impact on libraries and the communities they serve. We are all greatly concerned about the impact that COVID-19 is having in our state, nation, and world and want to take every precaution to help prevent its spreading. We want to make every effort to keep ourselves and communities as safe as possible. As we all know, the spread of the virus is rapid, and the approach is to attempt to slow down its spread. We have all been following local, state, and national news as it breaks and will continue to do so. We are in touch with the health departments NWRL Board, State Library, and other public libraries in the state and will continue to keep everyone updated,” reads a statement on the NWRL website.
During phases one and two while the libraries remain closed to the public, staff will be making preparations to reopen to the public by cleaning and organizing public and work areas, preparing spaces for proper social distancing, posting safety signage etc.
‘The library staff returned to the library on May 13 and begin working on projects in the library, such as additional cleaning, quarantining and cleaning books from the book drop, processing books, resuming delivery, reorganization of library and seating areas, shelving, taking down old and creating new book displays and bulletin boards, weeding of collection, continuation of virtual programs and much more. We are all working hard to make the best use of this time and to be prepared for when we do reopen to the public,” said Yadkin County Branch Librarian Christy Ellington.
Contactless curbside service will be provided at area libraries Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. In addition, book holds within the regional system should resume as well.
Area libraries are also finalizing plannings for offering virtual summer learning programs online.
Contactless curbside book pick-up
Online holds are limited to 10 books and seven DVD’s per library card. Go to nwrl.org or call the library to place holds. All items have been quarantined for at least 72 hours before circulating. Account must be in good standing to use curbside. Any fines accrued before the libraries closed on March 27 must be resolved before items can be checked out. Patrons must wait until they receive a notification that items are ready before coming to pick up items. Upon arrival, please call the library and provide information about library account. Remain in vehicle until the librarian says items are ready. Items will be placed on a table outside the library. For those unable to leave the vehicle due to physical reasons, children in vehicle, pressed for time, etc., please let the librarian know when you arrive, and we will ask you to provide access to your trunk so a staff member can place bags in your vehicle.
The book drops will be open to return materials.
All online services will still be available during this time including ebooks, databases and all other online services through the nwrl.org website.
Resource sharing within NC Cardinal will begin and courier service will continue.