covid-19 update: may 26, 2020
Please read the following prior to placing your Contactless Pickup order. Thank you!
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The Office of Commonwealth Libraries has released the Framework for Reopening Libraries as a guide for public libraries in Pennsylvania during the COVID-19 Crisis. The Warren Public Library is committed to providing patrons continued expanded access to online collections, virtual resources, and safe access to physical library materials.
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Warren Public Library is pleased to offer our patrons contactless pickup. Patrons will be able to contact the library to make library material requests via phone call or through online requests through our catalog beginning Tuesday, May 26, 2020. Pickup dates will be by appointment beginning Monday, June 1, 2020.
Please allow at least 72 hours for your request to be filled. Not all materials will be available immediately due to the quarantine and sanitization process.
In accordance with CDC recommendations, patrons are asked to wear a nose and mouth covering mask and practice social distancing when participating in contactless pickup.
Patrons will be limited to five checked-out library materials per library account to aid in the current quarantine and sanitation process.
To Place Your Request: Call us at 723-4650 or place your request using our online catalog (a video tutorial is forthcoming). Requests will not be taken via phone until 10 am on Tuesday, May 26. Patrons can request up to five items per library card. Sorry, but we cannot take requests over Facebook.
Library staff will then work on filling your request. Please note that due to limited staff, requests may take 72 hours or longer.
Library staff will call you when your order is ready and schedule a time for you to pick your item up. Please do not arrive at the library to pick up items until a member of staff has called and scheduled a time with you.
Pickup will be at the Midtown lot entrance of the library. Our outside doors will be propped open. Please maintain social distancing if others are at the library picking up orders. Only one person may be in the vestibule at a time. Masks must be worn. A table will be inside that entrance with your order on it. Staff will let you know how to identify which bag is yours. All returns must be made in the dropbox along Market Street or at the book drop near the table for curbside near the Midtown lot. If you require special curbside accommodations, please let our staff know.
Please know that hold requests will be filled based upon availability. Some items may be checked out or in quarantine.
The library book drop is open! All returns must be placed in the main Market Street drop box, or in a temporary drop box available during contactless pickup. All returned library materials must then be quarantined for three days and sanitized before returning to circulation.
The library asks that patrons hold all materials donations at home until a later date yet to be determined. Books, DVDs, audio books, and other materials donated for library circulation or book sales are appreciated, but cannot be accepted at this time due to the quarantine, sanitation process, and limited staff hours.
Library operation hours will be reduced, but will still meet patron’s needs along with protecting the safety of our staff. Patrons should check the library’s website and Facebook page for confirmation of new operating hours, library request procedures, and library service announcements.
Online programming, including Summer Learning programs, is still active and expanding! Patrons of all ages can access options to keep reading, learning, and socializing through the library. Take home materials and information will be available to patrons outside the library. More details are forthcoming.
The library building will remain closed and will not be accessible to the public or library patrons. This includes the lobby, restrooms, reading/study nooks, meeting rooms, and public computers areas. Some regular library services are also temporarily suspended. The libraries will slowly return to these services when appropriate:
- business services: printing, copying, scanning
- public computer use
- state and county-wide Interlibrary Loan (ILL)
- circulation of magazines and newspapers
- meetings or group activities in the building or on the property
Please remember that the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, PA Department of Education, and PA Department of Health have determined that these procedures are the best options for what public libraries are currently able to offer in terms of community health and safety. The Warren Public Library will be following all federal and state health guidelines including the PA Department of Health COVID-19 Safety Procedures for Business to ensure the safety of our library staff and patrons.
All libraries within Warren County are following a similar protocol. For questions or assistance, patrons are asked to contact their home library.