Samuels Public Library doors will open once again to library patrons, by appointment only, beginning Thursday, June 18. While some COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s newest executive order limits public buildings capacity to 50 people or less.
“We know our community is very anxious to get back into our beautiful library building and we are very eager to provide as many library services as we can,” said Eileen Grady, Interim Library Director. “I have been extremely proud of all the library services we have been able to provide during the COVID-19 closures including virtual programs, expanded digital services, reference services and curbside book delivery. Opening our library by appointment only is just another example of how our dedicated staff has found a creative solution to safely provide more library services to the public while continuing to abide by the governor’s executive order.”
Starting June 18th, Samuels Library patrons will be able to schedule a 1-hour time slot to visit the library in person. The library will be able to accommodate 30 patrons, per scheduled 1-hour session, closing for ½ hour between sessions to clean the library. Appointments can be made online at www.samuelslibrary.net or by calling 540-635-3153. To provide as much access as possible, each patron will only be able to schedule one appointment per day.
In addition to limiting the number of patrons in the library at any given time, Samuels Library will ask anyone entering the Library to wear a mask. “Masks will
be provided for those who need one,” said Grady. Other social distancing measures are in place to keep the community and library staff safe, including using only one chair per table, disabling every other computer, and social distancing markers on floors for checkout lines.
“We are continually looking for new ways to serve our patrons during this difficult time,” Grady added. “Our appointment only opening is the latest example of how we are providing the library services that our community counts on for connection, information and ideas.”
Here are few things to note:
· To accommodate as many patrons as possible, patrons may book one, 1-hour session per day.
· Every individual entering the building must be registered. If you are bringing children, each of them must be registered, including infants.
· All programs will continue to take place virtually and online.
· Meeting rooms will remain closed with no reservations being taken until further notice.
· Tutoring inside the library cannot be accommodated at this time.
· Due dates for physical items have been extended, and no fines are being charged at this time.
About Samuels Public Library
Samuels Public Library brings people, information and ideas together to enrich lives and build community. A 501(c)(3) organization, the library annually serves more than 200,000 community members and provides nearly 400,000 books, electronic and digital services, as well as providing computer access, wireless service and public meeting spaces for the community. To learn more, visit www.samuelslibrary.net or by calling (540) 635-3153.