ELPL Is Coming Back – Soon!

ELPL Is Coming Back - Soon!

As you know, the East Lansing Public Library (ELPL) building has been closed to the public since March 16, 2020 due to COVID-19. I have said it repeatedly during this time that I never imagined when we closed our doors on March 16, that we would be closed for several weeks. Thank you to our patrons and community for your patience and tremendous support during the pandemic.

In the couple of months that we have been closed to the public, ELPL has been researching and evaluating the best practices in cleanliness, sanitation and safety, so we can open to the public with the health and safety of our patrons and staff as top priorities. We plan to resume services in phases. Our plan follows the guidelines of the City of East Lansing, Ingham County Health Department, the State of Michigan, OSHA, and the CDC. We will continue to listen to science and healthcare providers as we phase in opening the library.

On June 1, 2020, the Governor issued Executive Order-110, which moved the state into phase 4 of Michigan’s reopening plan. While Executive Order-110 continues to have restrictions, it does allow for libraries to begin providing services to their patrons.

Thank you for your patience as we phase in opening the library while keeping the safety of staff and patrons our highest priority.

Library administration will monitor these opening phases closely and will make adjustments to the plan as necessary.

-Kristin Shelley, Library Director

The East Lansing Public Library’s opening plan includes:

Phase 1: Curbside Pickup Service and Materials by Mail. Building Remains Closed.

  • Starting on June 15, 2020, the East Lansing Public Library will offer curbside pickup service. The Curbside Pickup schedue is Tuesday through Friday from 12pm to 6pm by appointment only.
  • Starting on June 22, 2020, ELPL will offer Materials by Mail to those patrons who are unable to participate in curbside pickup.
  • A limited number of staff will start working the weeks of June 8 and June 15.
  • Virtual programming will continue for the foreseeable future.
  • Digital services will continue to be available at all times.
  • Returned items continue to be quarantined for at least a week before shelving.

 

Phase 1 of re-opening

Phase 2: Curbside Pickup Service and Materials by Mail. Building Remains Closed.

  • Curbside pickup continues.
  • Materials by Mail continues.
  • Staff trained on PPE.
  • Staff trained on cleaning techniques.
  • Staff areas are reconfigured for social distancing.
  • Shipping and receiving of deliveries resume.
  • Continue to offer virtual events and programs.
  • Returned items continue to be quarantined for at least a week hours before shelving.
Phase 2 of re-opening

Phase 3: Curbside Pickup Service and Materials by Mail. Building Remains Closed

  • The public space of the library will be reconfigured to allow for social distancing.
  • Plexiglass shields will be installed at the service desk.
  • Signs will be posted reminding patrons of social distancing; to wash their hands; masks are required to be worn while in the library.
  • All necessary PPE in place and staff trained on PPE and cleaning guidelines.
  • Areas of the library will be cordoned off.
  • Continue to offer virtual events and programs.
  • Returned items continue to be quarantined for at least a week before shelving.
Phase 3 of re-opening

Phase 4: Library Welcomes Patrons into the Building—Limited Hours and Services

  • The building opens to public on a limited basis. Essential services will be limited to grab-and-go service. Seating areas; Maker Studio; some book stacks and library areas; and the large meeting room will not be accessible
  • Library hours limited. First hour open for higher risk populations only.
  • Library visits only 30 minutes per patron
  • Limited number of computers available for use—30-minute maximum.
  • All patrons ages five years and older will be required to wear masks or face coverings while in the building, unless unable to for medical reasons.
  • Children ages nine years and younger must be accompanied by a responsible caregiver 15 years of age or older.
  • Capacity will be limited.
  • Restrooms will be open in the main lobby and the inclusive restroom only.
  • Drinking fountains will be closed.
  • Curbside pickup service and Materials by Mail will continue.
  • Continue to offer virtual events and programs.
  • Returned items continue to be quarantined for at least a week before shelving.
Phase 4 of the reopening plan

Phase 5: Gradual Return of Full-scale Library Services

  • Gradually increase occupancy level based on the guidelines from the city/county/state.
  • Gradually increase hours.Gradually add limited in-person events and classes for adults.
  • Gradually add limited in-person events for youth.
  • Add limited number of Maker Studio hours.
  • Add limited number of large meeting room hours.
  • Continue to offer virtual events and programs.
  • Continue to emphasize good hygiene and cleaning/sanitizing standards.
  • Continue to emphasize social distancing.
  • Returned items continue to be quarantined for at least a week before shelving.
  • May be able to relax some of the items on the Pandemic Patron Code of Conduct.
Phase 5 of the reopening plan

Phase 6: Full-scale Library Services

  • Full restoration of all library services.
  • Increase in-person events, classes and meetups.
  • Normal operating hours restored.
  • Library fully staffed.
  • May begin to accept material donations and may be able to open the Friendshop
  • May be able to relax some of the items on the Pandemic Patron Code of Conduct.
Phase 6 of the reopening plan
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