Coronavirus: All Greene County libraries reopen with new rules

All Greene County Public Library buildings have reopened with new protocols developed with Greene County Public Health.

Building capacities will be limited to 50% of the capacity limit per the established fire code and meeting rooms will not be available. However, patrons are able to make an appointment to use the library’s Spark Place, as well as the Greene County Room. Both rooms are located in the Xenia Community Library building.

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Patrons will be able to schedule one-hour appointments to use the library computers at all locations.

Between each appointment, staff will sanitize the computer, keyboard, mouse and terminal, according to a release. Appointments from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. are reserved for patrons considered to be in the at-risk population.

Dayton Metro Library locations in Montgomery County still remain closed to inside service, but are offering curbside services instead. Though patrons can now go into Greene County libraries, curbside service will continue until further notice, according to a release.

Curbside service allows patrons to place holds on library materials and have them delivered to their automobile without contact.

“We discovered that patrons really loved the convenience and safety of curbside service,” said Executive Director, Karl Colón.

The Greene County Public Library system did not say masks would be required, however, the release stated patrons are encouraged to wear a mask if they are able.

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“Protective barriers at service points as well as directional signage are meant to promote social distancing,” according to the release. “During Phase 2 (reopening phase) all materials should be returned via the libraries’ outside book drops to reduce staff exposure to high-contact surfaces.”

Returned books and other items will be quarantined for four days before going back into circulation.

“We are excited to serve the public in person,” says Colón. “We look forward to the day when we can return to our normal service. For right now, we ask for everyone’s patience and understanding as we work daily to create new models and approaches to bring the best possible service safely.”

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