Library Opens for In-Person Services on September 8, 2020.

The Lisbon Hepburn Library will be open for modified services starting Tuesday, September 8th. Our hours are Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 3pm-8pm and Wednesdays and Fridays from 9am-5pm.

In order to keep library visitors and staff safe, everyone over the age of 2 MUST wear a face covering over their mouth and nose at ALL times while in the building AND maintain a 6-foot physical distance from anyone outside of their household unit.

No appointments are necessary, but we must limit visitors browsing the collection to 10 minutes per day, and we must limit the number of people browsing at a time.

Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Everyone must enter through the front door. Those requiring handicap access should call the library before leaving home, or from the parking lot and we will let you in via the handicap entrance and unlock the lift so you may access the second floor.

For those who prefer “curbside” service, we will continue to offer pickup in the front lobby for those wearing masks, and front door service for those unable or unwilling to wear a mask. Curbside requests should be made the day prior to allow us adequate time to collect the materials and bring them downstairs in advance of your arrival.

We ask that visitors assess themselves prior to coming to the library to insure they are healthy, do not have any symptoms, and have completed quarantine as a result of COVID exposure or travel. We are relying on our community to help us stay open!

We also ask that people touch as little as possible, and leave any items they decide they don’t want on the tables so staff can sanitize them before re-shelving. Items checked out and returned are quarantined for 72-144 hours depending on item type and industry recommendations. Items for checkout should be brought downstairs to the front lobby.

Upstairs, our public computers, seating, and toys have been relocated. Please respect areas marked “staff only” so we know what has and hasn’t been touched, and we can use our cleaning time more effectively. Please do not work jigsaw puzzles or play board games upstairs – but puzzles and games may checked out for use at home or in our community room.

The community room will be open most days for regular operating hours; closures will occur for library events or if we need to do a deep cleaning. We welcome anyone who needs a quiet space to study or work – students, remote learners, homeschoolers, tutors, business owners, and telecommuters for example.

As with upstairs, children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult, face coverings over the mouth and nose are required at all times, and 6-foot physical distancing is mandatory.

Food and beverages may be consumed in the community room, but should be consumed quickly so the mask may be replaced over the mouth and nose. Once people are seated, they are to remain seated, with their mask on, unless using the restroom or departing the building.

We ask that users bring their own technology – our wi-fi is turned on 24/7 but we have limited devices available for public use. Most of our tables are within a short distance to an outlet for charging. We ask that community room users respect other library visitors by talking quietly and using headphones with their digital devices. The library sells earbuds for $1.00 in the lobby.

All tech services are self-serve at this time – print, copy, laminate, and fax. We are working on User Guides with step-by-step instructions. Alternatively, documents may be emailed to the library or dropped off. We will have them ready for pickup the same day or the next day, depending on the service.

At this point, the community room is not available for private rentals.

The library Board of Trustees and staff have worked very hard to develop a plan for reopening with a safe environment for everyone. It’s up to ALL of us to follow the best practices as required by the NY State guidelines.

Please be patient and bear with us – we’re taking a big leap to provide as much for our Lisbon community as we can – we’re taking it day-by-day and will reassess the levels of service we can provide as things change. We may not have every detail worked out, and we may have to modify things on the fly.

We really, really want to stay open and not have to step backwards due to non-compliance, risky behavior, or even worse – a COVID-19 exposure to our patrons or staff.

Let’s work together and keep Lisbon safe and healthy!

See you soon!

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