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Library Reopens May 1 for Grab and Go

The Georgetown Public Library will be open limited hours for checkout of materials beginning May 1. Curbside pickup service will end on April 30 at 6 p.m. Visitors inside the building will see that many changes have been made in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 through the community. Most notably, the children’s play areas will remain closed, and no public seating will be available.

Eric Lashley, library director, said, “The library closed to the public March 16 due to COVID-19, and we are reopening very cautiously in order to keep our patrons and staff safe. We want you to come in, find your books, CDs, DVDs, and children’s items, check them out and take them back home to enjoy. That’s what we call ‘grab and go.’”

The library is encouraging visits of no more than 30 minutes, with one person per household coming in if possible. Visitors are asked to observe six-foot physical distancing from staff and one another. Library staff will all be wearing face masks to protect the community, and they encourage patrons to wear masks as well, to protect the staff and one another.

“Face masks and hand washing are the best ways to keep from catching or spreading the virus,” said Sally Miculek, assistant director. “We know our patrons love the library and the staff, so we are counting on them to help keep us safe by following recommendations to wear a mask in public and wash hands frequently and thoroughly.”

Patrons will be able to browse the adult, teen, and children’s circulating collections to make their selections. Items can be checked out by staff, who will scan items through a plexiglass guard, or by patrons using a self-check station with a touchless scanner to check out their materials. Those who would like to meet with the library’s Community Resource Coordinator may also come into the building.

No other services will be available initially, and sections of the building will remain off limits to the public. In addition to the first-floor children’s play areas (including the popular jeep), second-floor study tables, study rooms and meeting rooms will remain closed to the public. Printing, faxing and photocopying will not be available, and no donations will be accepted. Library materials should be returned to the outside drive-through book drop rather than inside the building.

The library’s hours will be Monday through Friday 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The building will be closed on Sundays.