The Office of Commonwealth Libraries has released the Framework for Reopening Libraries as a guide for public libraries in Pennsylvania during the COVID-19 Crisis.
Eva K. Bowlby Public Library is committed to providing patrons continued expanded access to online collections, virtual resources, and safe access to physical library materials. Eva K. Bowlby Public Library is pleased to offer their patrons Library To-Go curbside service beginning Tuesday, May 26, 2020.
The library book drops are open! Returned library materials will be quarantined for three days and then sanitized before returning to circulation. Patrons will be limited to five checked-out library materials per library account to aid in the current quarantine and sanitation process. Patrons must also bring their library cards for ID purposes when picking up materials. Patrons may place material requests ONLY from the library where they are registered. Patrons may call to request materials or use the online catalog at https://waggin.polarislibrary.com/default.aspx?ctx=9.1033.0.0.1
Patrons will be able to contact their library to make library material requests via phone call or email. Once the patron’s request is processed, library staff will call the patron to arrange a scheduled pick-up time of the library materials through Library To-Go curbside service. In accordance with CDC recommendations, patrons are asked to wear a nose and mouth covering mask and practice social distancing when participating in Library To-Go curbside service. Mobile printing is available! Please make phone arrangements to pick up your documents at the library.
The library will open Monday, June 1, 2020, with limited in-patron services. Library operation hours at each location will be reduced, but will still meet patron’s needs and will include hours for high risk patrons. Patrons should check the library’s website and Facebook pages for confirmation of new operating hours, library request procedures, and library service announcements. Online programming, including Summer Learning programs, is still active and expanding! Patrons of all ages can access options to keep reading, learning, and socializing through the library. Take home materials and information will be available to patrons outside the libraries. Some regular library services are also temporarily suspended. The libraries will slowly return to these services when appropriate:
● state and county-wide Inter-Library Loan (ILL)
● meetings or group activities in the building or on the property
Please remember that the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, PA Department of Education, and PA Department of Health have determined that these procedures are the best options for what public libraries are currently able to offer in terms of community health and safety. The Greene County Libraries will be following all federal and state health guidelines including the PA Department of Health COVID-19 Safety Procedures for Business to ensure the safety of our library staff and patrons. For
questions or assistance, patrons are welcome to contact us at 724-627-9776.