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.
With the onset of Phase 2 of Back on Track Indiana, MCPL began offering contactless curbside pick-up at all of our branches on May 18th. During the next few weeks, we will take this opportunity to put into place safety measures and procedures to ensure the safety of both our staff and our patrons. While we are excited to open our doors to the public, we believe it is important to do our part to prevent a resurgence of COVID-19 and we will err on the side of caution.
Main Library (Martinsville): Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Come to the NEW Main entrance off Columbus Street!!
Monrovia Branch: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Wednesdays 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Waverly Branch: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Brooklyn Branch: Tuesday 2-6 p.m. Friday 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Eminence Branch: Monday 2-6 p.m.
Morgantown Branch: Wednesday 2-6 p.m. Saturday 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
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
- 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
- Requiring all staff to wear masks
- Cancelling programs and community room reservations for the foreseeable future
ADDITIONAL SERVICES FOR OUR STAFF
- Providing written procedures for new service models
- Vulnerable employees are eligible for work accommodations
- To minimize exposure, we are delaying reopening to implement extra security measures
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
When will the library 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?
Our digital resources are always available! Starting May 18th, you can also begin picking up physical materials by curbside pick-up. 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.
Can I return my materials?
Yes! You can return items you have checked out during our curbside pick up 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.
What other changes should I expect when the library reopens?
We are evaluating all options now, but please expect some changes to your normal library routine. We’re required to limit capacity during certain phases of the Back on Track Indiana plan which might result in computer services by appointment or changes to our service hours. In order to maintain safe social distances, furniture, toys, and public computers will be removed or rearranged. We’ll announce any changes before we begin our next phase.
Is the library staff still working?
Absolutely! Our buildings are closed to the public but staff are working hard behind the scenes to safely handle returns, provide curbside options, create virtual programming, answer reference questions via phone, and email, purchase new materials, and enhance our digital offerings. Plus we’re all getting ready for Summer Reading. You may not see us like you normally do, but we are still working hard for you!
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.