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Pandemic Response

The LME Library will be open to public with extra precautions starting June 10th.

 

The LME Library has moved to our phase 3 of our reopening proceduresWe will continue to monitor the directives provided by federal, state and local officials and are committed to creating an environment that minimizes the spread of infectious diseases, including COVID-19 (coronavirus). The following measures have been enacted to lower the risk to both our staff and our library users of exposure to, and infection with, the novel coronavirus.

 

Facility Use Limitations

Health Awareness: Patrons and staff are asked to be aware of their own health. If you feel unwell, please stay home. 

Hours of Operation: The library has shortened hours of operation due to concerns about length of exposure increasing risk but we will increase hours if able (Hours as of 9/8/20 are Monday 9am-8pm Tuesday-Friday 9am-5pm and Saturday 9am-1pm).

Entering & Existing Facility: All entrances are open as of 9/8/20.

Visit Duration: Users will be asked to minimize the time they spend in the building. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Furniture and toys have been removed to discourage gathering and lingering.

Hygiene Practices: Create social distancing of at least 6 feet from other people whenever possible. Wash your hands with soap and water often or use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Masks should be worn over the nose and mouth by everyone who can wear them. If you cannot wear a mask, please contact us for curbside services.

Rooms & Programs: The meeting and study rooms are closed and unavailable. Library programming is limited to online, outdoor, and take & make kits. No meeting room reservations are being accepted.

Computer Use: Only certain public computers will be available for use and patrons are encouraged to limit their entire time in the library to less than one hour.

Holds delivery: System-wide delivery of materials from other libraries restarted on June 29th

 

Alternatives to Library Visits

For patrons unable to enter public spaces, the library will continue to offer the following services: 

  • Curbside pickup: patrons may call 385-4540 or email requests This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and arrange for a pickup time.
  • Computer usage: there is a laptop with printing capabilities available for curbside use. Please call the library at 385-4540 to arrange an appointment.
  • Online services are available through the library‚Äôs website. These include ebooks, eaudios, subscription databases, and other online resources.

Due to quarantining practices, we have stopped charging all overdue fines at this time. We are following our library system's guidelines for quarantine. Currently, quarantine time length is 3 days. Items returned to the LME Library are quarantined for 24 hours before discharging. For this reason, you may see items on your library record even after they have been returned. However, all items will be discharged fine free and any accumulated fines will be removed.

 

We appreciate your patience and we hope everyone is staying safe and healthy during these unprecedented times. According to the CDC, three actions can help protect you and your loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic. Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Watch your distance (stay 6 feet apart from others who do not live in your household). Wear a mask. As we continue our reopening procedures, we will continue to monitor government recommendations as well as carry out extra cleaning and disinfecting of the building.

 

You can continue to use the library without visiting by downloading eBooks; listening to downloadable and streaming audiobooks; reading digital comics, newspapers, and magazines; learning a language; and much more. Stay connected with us on social media like facebook for more ideas for things to do with your library card, and ways to stay healthy and happy during this complicated time. We look forward to seeing you online and in person again soon.

 

Resources:

The library has created a resource list and will continue to add to it as more resources are located. We have put it on our website under RESOURCES | CORONAVIRUS RESOURCES  http://lmelibrary.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=736&Itemid=267

 

Our first post regarding the novel coronavirus on our Librarian's blog was on March 10, 2020 http://librarylill.blogspot.com/2020/03/coronavirus-covid-19.html

 

What LME Library is doing to help prevent the spread of any infectious diseases:

We are currently following the recommendations in Restore Illinois and guidelines set forth by the Centers for disease Control (CDC) and the Peoria City/County Health Department (PCCHD). We are also following the Illinois Department of Public Health's (IDPH) guidelines for Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Communities and frequently reviewing the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's information for workers.

 

What you can do to help:

Your help is greatly appreciated to help minimize the spread of disease. Here are some simple steps you can take to help.

  1. Continue limiting in-person contact with others and expand social contact cautiously.
  2. Practice social distancing and wear a mask in public.
  3. Wash hands frequently using the World Health Organzation (WHO) video on hand washing. www.youtube.com/watch?v=3PmVJQUCm4E
  4. Practice good hygiene by regularly disinfecting frequently touched surfaces and avoid touching your face.  
  5. Cover your coughs or sneezes.
  6. Stay home if you are sick or have sick family members at home.

There are additional practices in this handout from the CDC on Keeping workplaces, homes, schools, or commercial establishments safe 

 

We'll continue to keep the public informed as mitigation measures change. Stay safe and stop the spread.

 

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