MCPL’s COVID-19 RESPONSE PLAN
According to Governor Holcomb’s Back on Track Indiana plan, public libraries in Indiana have the ability to phase in services according to local needs, staff capacity, and the community’s situation. Since MCPL locations closed to the public in March, our staff have worked to provide library services in new ways, including Wi-Fi access in our parking lots, virtual programming, enhanced digital resources, and more. MCPL is excited to phase in additional services and committed to doing so in a responsible and measured way for the safety of our staff and patrons.
Beginning July 6th, the Library Branches (Brooklyn, Eminence, Monrovia, Morgantown and Waverly) will begin allowing patrons back in the buildings for “Grab and Go” check out, computer usage, copies, faxing & notary services. Patrons are asked to spend no more than one hour in the building. Hours (below) will be reduced to allow staff time to disinfect high contact surfaces daily.
Patrons are required to wear masks in accordance with CDC guidelines. We can provide a disposable mask for anyone who does not have one and we will continue contact-free curbside service for patrons who are unable to wear a mask, or feel uncomfortable about entering the buildings. Patrons can also access wi-fi from the parking lots, and utilize our electronic resources.
At the Main Library, it is not yet safe to have patrons browsing the collections due to the ongoing construction, but we will continue to offer curbside pick up of holds and take appointments for public computers, copying, reference services, and notary services. We hope that we can begin offering “Grab and GO” services in August.
Tuesday & Thursday 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Monday & Wednesday 3 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.
Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Tuesday & Thursday: 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Monday & Thursday: 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Wednesday & Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Monday, Wednesday & Friday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Tuesday & Thursday: 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Main Library – CURBSIDE PICKUP ONLY
Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Tuesday & Thursday: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Public Computers, Copying, Reference Services, and Notary Services by appointment.
MCPL closely monitors CDC guidelines in order to establish safety procedures. Below are some steps we are taking to minimize the risk for our staff and patrons:
SAFETY OF OUR PATRONS AND STAFF
- Requiring all patrons and staff to wear masks
- Providing contactless curbside pick-up
- Posting safety guidelines at our entrances
- Enhanced cleaning of all high-touch surfaces
- Quarantining all returned materials for 72 hours before reshelving
- Providing hand sanitizing stations in the branches along with hand soap in all restrooms. All staff and patrons are encouraged to practice proper hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette
- Enacting social distancing procedures to maintain at least a six-foot distance between people
- Requiring staff to monitor their health and wellness before reporting to work
- Altering methods of service to adhere to social distancing requirements
- Cancelling programs and community room reservations for the foreseeable future
- Plastic shields for all service desks.
- Press & Seal plastic wrap on computer keyboards and plastic bags on mice that will be changed out after each user.
- Furniture will be rearranged to discourage lounging.
- Floors will be marked to indicate 6 foot social distance.
- The number of people in the building will be limited
ADDITIONAL SERVICES FOR OUR STAFF
- Providing written procedures for new service models
- Vulnerable employees are eligible for work accommodations
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
When will the library fully reopen?
Opening dates are undetermined at this time. We are closely monitoring all federal, state, and local guidance in order to make decisions in the best interest of our staff and patrons. We will continue to update our website with current information, so please watch our website and Facebook pages for updates.
How can I get books from the library?
Starting July 6th, our Branches will be open for Grab & Go checkouts or you can pick up physical materials by curbside pick-up. The Main Library will continue with Curbside pickup only due to building construction. Simply place a hold on your materials through our online catalog, or by calling your branch. The Library will notify you when your items are available. When you arrive, call the branch and we will bring your materials out for you to retrieve. Please wait until the staff member retreats before approaching to get your materials. And, our digital resources are always available!
Can I return my materials?
Yes! You can return items in Library book returns or during open hours. Please be aware that when items are brought back, we will move them into a separate quarantine area. Items will sit for 72 hours before we check them in, so they will show on your account for an additional three days after you return them. This quarantine period ensures that items won’t be reshelved until the potential contamination period has passed.
When can we start coming to programs again?
We are limiting social gatherings right now, and plan on suspending in-house programs through the summer. While we can’t gather together, our staff are busy planning fun and engaging virtual events. Connect with staff and friends through virtual book discussions, watch your favorite librarians sing storytime songs and rhymes, and keep your eye out for Summer Reading programs!
What’s available online?
MCPL’s online services have been expanded for you! Patrons are encouraged to use the library’s extensive catalog of digital resources during the closure, including e-books, e-audiobooks, magazines, movies, music and more. During the closure, patrons will be able to checkout 6 items a month from our Hoopla service (instead of the usual 4). Residents of the MCPL district who do not have a card are encouraged to apply for a card online; staff will process your card and send you a card number for online access as quickly as possible.