Oak Harbor Library outlines reopening’s ‘new normal’

May 27, 2020 | Around Ottawa County | 0 comments

The Oak Harbor Public Library is eager to welcome the public back into its building in Oak Harbor. Its main concern is the safety of patrons and staff. Library officials have answered some of the questions people may have about what the “new normal” looks like as they reopen the library.

How will the library reopen to the public?

Limited hours, including evenings and Saturdays, will begin in the near future. To allow proper distancing, the number of patrons allowed in the building will be limited. All patrons must use the front door (except those with special needs). Visitors are asked to limit their time in the library so other patrons have equal access.

Children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult. The furniture in the reading and children’s area will be off limits. Protective barriers have been installed on the checkout counter. The quiet and meeting rooms will remain closed. Sanitizing will be a priority.

Will I be required to wear a mask and practice social distancing?

Yes. If you don’t have a mask, the Library will provide one for you while you are in the library. We will continue to offer pickup service for those who can’t wear a mask.

What services will be available?

People will be able to browse the shelves and checkout our selection of books, newspapers, magazines, and movies. The Library also has free Internet Hotspots with two-week loan periods. Computer use will be limited to essential business only.

Call in advance to reserve a computer. Copying and fax services will be available. Interlibrary loans will not be available at this time. You can, however, continue to return items from other libraries in the SEO system. In addition, our online resources will remain available 24/7.

Can I still use your pickup service?

Anyone who prefers to use our pickup service can call 419-898-7001 on Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“We understand that these are challenging times,” said library officials. “With your cooperation, we will be able to assure the safe operation of the library so we may begin easing these restrictions over time. We ask for your patience and understanding going forward and wish you good health and safety. Thank you for your support.”

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