After closing its doorways on March 15 in response to the COVID-19 disaster, the Addison Public Library has labored laborious to supply as many companies as doable remotely, together with growing its assortment of downloadable eBooks and different digital supplies, opening cellphone traces and reside chat remotely, and even providing digital programming.
Now that the DuPage County space is in Section three of the Restore Illinois plan, the library will formally start reopening in phases, beginning with curbside service and laptop use appointments beginning June eight.
The library opened the constructing as much as employees June 1 to offer employees time to complete making ready socially-distanced workspaces and studying new security procedures earlier than opening up restricted companies on June eight.
Director Mary Medjo Me Zengue mentioned the board supported delaying opening till library employees had sufficient private protecting tools to guard the well being and security of each employees and patrons, and that the library has been working with group companions to create procedures to reopen these preliminary companies safely.
“Everybody’s security is our high precedence, and our board of trustees wished to verify we have been ready on all fronts to maneuver ahead with a partial reopening,” mentioned Medjo Me Zengue. “Workers have been working laborious to get the constructing prepared to supply companies to the general public, and we’re so grateful to have had the Board’s help throughout these previous few months whereas we have tailored to all of the adjustments COVID-19 has made to our lifestyle.”
Beginning June eight, the library shall be answering telephones and providing curbside holds pick-up and laptop appointments for adults from 9 a.m. to eight p.m. Monday to Thursday; 9:30 a.m. to five p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 1 to five p.m. Sunday.
The library’s curbside service will work as follows: After inserting holds via the library’s on-line catalog or by calling the library, patrons will obtain a notification when their objects are prepared for pick-up. Patrons ought to name (630) 543-3617 no less than one hour earlier than they intend to reach on the library so employees can be certain their objects are prepared. When patrons arrive, they may park in a chosen spot and can textual content the library to inform employees that they’re on the constructing.
The library is aware of the group will doubtless be excited to reap the benefits of curbside holds pick-up, however needs to remind cardholders that the primary few weeks of being partially reopened shall be a busy time.
“With the excessive variety of holds that can must be processed and the variety of objects that shall be ready to be checked in after being quarantined for workers security, we’re anticipating to have loads of work to be achieved,” mentioned Head of Visitor Companies Jenny Cuevas. “We’ll be working as quick as doable to get your holds prepared for curbside pick-up and getting your library accounts up to date after you come objects, so we respect the group’s persistence.”
As of June eight, the one in-building service the library will supply is laptop use, scanning, faxing, and printing, which is on the market by appointment solely. Workers have created a brief laptop lab within the giant assembly room in order that social distancing might be practiced. Periods shall be out there for as much as 75 minutes, and are solely out there for adults presently. Workers shall be out there at a distanced work station to supply verbal assist and digital laptop help whereas within the momentary laptop lab. Anybody coming into the constructing for his or her laptop use appointment shall be anticipated to put on a masks and apply social distancing.
“We respect the group’s cooperation with social distancing and mask-wearing in order that we will supply laptop use as safely as doable for everybody concerned,” mentioned Head of IT Yabin Liu, who has been creating the momentary laptop lab. “We all know that many individuals in the neighborhood depend on public computer systems, so now we have labored to discover a technique to make it doable within the first stage of the library’s reopening.”
Patrons might also submit their print jobs to the library from dwelling and choose up their print jobs as a part of curbside service. The library board has accepted 20 pages of free printing per patron whereas the constructing is open in a restricted capability. Moreover, the library shall be providing free 3D printing: as much as 2 free (three hour or much less) 3D print jobs per thirty days per patron, for curbside pick-up as properly. Extra data on printing pick-up and laptop use appointments shall be out there on the library’s web site earlier than the June eight launch.
Because the state of Illinois strikes into future phases of the Restore Illinois plan, the library will even progressively transition again to extra in-person companies. The library will announce reopened companies as they develop into out there.
“We’re excited to have the ability to get again to providing a few of our companies to the group. We now have missed everybody a lot, and we all know lots of people in Addison have been lacking us, too,” mentioned Medjo Me Zengue. “Relaxation assured that we’re doing every little thing we will to stability serving the group whereas additionally following public well being tips, and we’ll share details about the following steps in our reopening plan as quickly as they’re prepared.”
The subsequent step within the library’s reopening plan is to supply contactless dwelling supply tentatively beginning June 15 on a first-come, first-served foundation to residents of included and unincorporated Addison with an Addison Public Library card. Kathy Welko, Head of Group Engagement, defined that supply shall be restricted to 10 objects and that objects shall be delivered on a staggered schedule as a way to be certain the library can fill as many requests as doable whereas retaining employees protected.
“We encourage you, if you’ll be able to accomplish that, to make use of curbside service in order that we will supply dwelling supply to those that want it most,” mentioned Welko.
Extra data on contactless dwelling supply shall be out there on the library’s web site forward of the June 15 launch date.
Cardholders can nonetheless entry the entire library’s on-line choices, corresponding to downloading eBooks and accessing on-line studying platforms, at any time. Social companies are additionally out there remotely. For data on the library’s digital choices, go to addisonlibrary.org/from-home.
Library cardholders are additionally inspired to verify addisonlibrary.org/COVID-19 for probably the most up-to-date data on the library’s reopening plan and out there companies.