Thursday, October 15, 2020

Romulus library begins phase 3 of reopening

The Romulus Library is now in phase three of reopening to the public and service now include computer use by appointment and quick business tasks like faxing, copying and printing. Visitors can renew their library cards, apply for new cards and pick up items on hold inside the facility, noted Assistant Director Youth Services Librarian Jessica Wilhoite. 

Curbside services are still available for those who prefer them, she said.

Browsing the collection, study tables, seating, and the meeting room are not available. The children's area will remain closed at this time. 

“Our top priority is the health and safety of the community, our patrons, and our staff. To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the library is providing services with guidelines in place,” Wilhoite said in a prepared statement. Those guidelines include a 60-minute limit on time in the building to maintain limited occupancy and face masks are required for all patrons and staff at all times. Wilhoite said the staff could provide a mask to those who do not have one and stressed that the masks must be worn over the nose and mouth.

The 6-foot social distancing rule will be in effect and capacity limits will be in place.

“Do not enter the building if you are sick or have been in contact with someone who is sick. If you have been sick or have been in contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 14 days, do not enter the library,” Wilhoite cautioned. 

Frequent cleaning of high touch points in the library are completed throughout the day and public computers will be cleaned after each use. Hand sanitizer is available at the entrance and throughout the library, she added. 

Plexiglas barriers are in place at service points and no food or drinks are allowed in the library.

Wilhoite said that the safety policies will help the library to expand in-person services. Updates are available on the library website and Facebook page. 

Patrons can make an appointment to use a library computer online at romulus_computer_appt/computer-appointment  or on the library website, by phone at (734) 942-7589 and by