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CVL’s Reopening Plan

In the interest of public health, and minimizing COVID-19 transmission, the Chattahoochee Valley Libraries has developed a plan for a phased reopening.  All dates are subject to change based on local conditions.


 

 

Phase One Begins May 26 : Curbside Hold Pick Up

  • Customers can place holds online through the Library’s catalog or new mobile app.
  • Returns are accepted during new temporary Curbside Hold Pick Up Hours which vary by location. Click on your favorite branch location for details.
  • Virtual programs are available on the Library’s Facebook & YouTube

At this time, 24 Hour Kiosks are open for checkout but returns must be taken to a branch location. Book drops remain closed.


Phase 2A Begins September 8:  Limited Indoor Computer Services  

  • In addition to services in Phase One, all 7 locations will open to the public including staff retrieval for shelf checks for curbside.  The 24-Hour kiosks open to the public for holds and browsing only; no returns.
  • Limited computer services for adults on a first come first serve basis. (Masks required)
  • Virtual programs  continue.
  • Curbside service will continue as an option for customers now including staff retrieval of shelf checks.
    HOW:
    * Socially distant computer use only; 1 hour sessions.
    * Computer users should wear masks. (Provided by the Library if needed)
    * Building Occupancy Guidelines established to minimize exposure.
    * Staff will disinfect computer equipment between all sessions.
    * Socially distant waiting areas.
    * To reduce cash transactions, black and white printing <= 10 pages are free.
    * Remainder of the buildings will be closed to the public.

Phase 2B Begins October 12 

  • Customers can sign up for a Library card, browse the stacks, and check out materials.
  • Curbside service will continue as an option for customers.
  • Virtual Programs  continue.
  • Possibility of expanding operating hours based on local conditions.
    HOW:
    * Chairs are removed from all public areas except socially distant computer areas.
    * Self-checks will be cleaned at regular intervals.
    * Branches will have occupancy limits monitored by staff.

Please note: We will be adhering to building occupancy guidelines as needed.  At this time, 24 Hour Kiosks are open for checkouts but returns must be taken to a branch location. Book drops remain closed.


Phase 3A  Begins February 2 : Expanding Indoor Services   

  • Lowering age limits in the Code of Conduct from 16 – 12.
  • Relax the materials quarantine from 4 days to 2 days.
  • Socially distant computer use will expand to the Children’s & Teen Departments.
  • Begin handling cash. 
  • Limited outreach for the bookmobiles and other in-person outreach on a case-by-case basis.
  • End free printing and curbside printing for the public.

Please note: We will be adhering to building occupancy guidelines as needed.  At this time, 24 Hour Kiosks are open for checkouts but returns must be taken to a branch location. Book drops remain closed.

Phase 3B begins March 1

  • Open book drops and 24-Hour Library returns.
  • End quarantine of items.
  • Reduce sanitizing of computers between sessions – make supplies available for customers to clean themselves.

 


Phase 4 Begins June 1 

  • Lowering age limits in the Code of Conduct from  12 – 9.
  • Returning to 3-hour computer limits if none are waiting.
  • Eliminating building capacities.
  • Reopening Genealogy at the Columbus Public Library.
  • Expanding outdoor and outreach programming
  • Continuing Curbside Service.
  • Continuing to restrict meeting room use and indoor programming.
  • Continuing to restrict food and drink in branches.

Contingent upon public health trends. Staff will bring revised plans towards the end of Phase 4 for indoor programming and meeting room use as conditions dictate.

For Your Safety Our Staff Will: 

  • Wear Masks
  • Disinfect Surfaces

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