The Governor's announcement of Executive Order 2020-110, and the workplace safety provisions specified under Executive Order 2020-97, allow libraries in the state of Michigan to begin providing services on June 8, 2020.
This means that we are able to initiate our plan for the phased reopening of the library. Our first priority is the safety and well-being of our staff and patrons, so we are closely following protocols from the CDC, and working to secure adequate supplies of masks, face shields, hand sanitizer and cleaning products.
On Monday, June 8, the first phase of our reopening starts with staff reporting and working to clear the backlog of tens of thousands of items that have been returned since we closed to the public on March 13. The building will not be open to patrons at this time.
Until we reach the next phase, here are some things to keep in mind:
- You can help us by canceling holds on items that you no longer want.
- There's no rush to return materials; all items currently checked out have a due date of July 1.
- Standard library cards have been renewed to September 1.
- You can apply for a library card online. Please allow a few days for processing
- We will be offering our summer program, 62 Days of Summer, by mail.
- The Friends of the Library are not accepting book donations at this time.
- Check out our e-resources collection of e-books, e-audiobooks, streaming media and other items.
We are planning a tightly-controlled, phased opening, and will move to ease those restrictions as indicated by staffing levels, the availability of protective equipment and supplies, our capacity to manage each phase safely and successfully, and any local, state, and federal restrictions on physical distancing, sanitization, and maximum building occupancy ratios. We will communicate those plans to you as each phase unfolds. If you have any questions or concerns, use the Contact Us form on our website.
We are happy to be back in our building, and look forward to the day when we can see you in person again. Stay safe and wash your hands.