JACKSON, Wyo. — As communities around the country loosen stay-at-home orders, Teton County Library has developed a plan for the phased re-introduction of library services. Phase One begins Saturday, May 30 when the library will again accept returns of library materials through the book drop. That will be followed two weeks later with the offering of curbside pickup of physical library materials beginning June 13.
Library staff have observed robust national discussions about safe procedures for handling physical materials, and have consulted sources and guides developed by respected public librarians, the Wyoming State Library, American Library Association and Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), as well as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
“We want to be particularly thoughtful and careful about introducing circulation of physical materials for the protection of library patrons and for library staff who will be handling those materials,” said Ari Goldstein, Interim Library Director. “Remember, unlike restaurants and other businesses offering curbside pickup, our items both leave the building and come back in as well.”
To get phase one rolling, the library is asking patrons to return the 9,500 items currently checked out. Staff will then have a chance to practice the new procedures of quarantining and cleaning items before phasing in the new curbside pickup procedure.”
Besides being reviewed by staff and the library board, the phased library plan was shared with the Teton County Health Department to ensure that it appropriately reflects state health orders and local recommendations, and that it is consistent with business specific guidelines developed with the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce.
Phases 1 & 2 of the plan
Phase One: Book Drop Open
Phase 2: Contactless Curbside Pickup
Library staff will continue to monitor the Teton County Health Department’s guidance levels for businesses to move to the Low Risk/Yellow category before gradually welcoming the public back into the facilities. Public facility use will be limited based on recommendations regarding group sizes and social distancing, as well as staff’s ability to maintain a rigorous cleaning and disinfecting schedule.
Throughout all phases of service, the library provides community access to an extensive array of digital materials, including online classes to help you build skills in your spare time and e-materials to download on your devices for reading and streaming, all available free for cardholders at tclib.org/digital.
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