Library Actions for COVID-19
UPDATED May 29, 2020:
Library Re-Opening Plans
On Monday, May 18, the library opened book drops for patrons to return library materials and resumed offering curbside pickup. Library buildings remain closed to the public as we implement required and recommended Phase One social distancing measures to keep patrons and staff safe. Library staff are working from 10am until 6pm, Monday through Friday to support curbside pickup. All returned materials are disinfected and quarantined for 24 hours before being returned to circulation.
We currently anticipate re-opening library buildings to the public beginning on Monday, June 15, on our regular operating schedule, including evenings and weekends (varies by building).
While patrons will be welcome to browse, read, or work in the library, please know that seating and computers will be limited in order to maintain the six-foot separation between users, and building occupancy will be monitored for compliance with occupancy restrictions. If crowding becomes an issue, individual branches may temporarily restrict or meter access to patrons.
For the time being, we will not be offering live, in-person programs or allowing groups to use library meeting rooms (meeting rooms are currently being used to quarantine returned library materials for 24 hours).
In accordance with the Governor’s order, all staff will wear face masks and all patrons are required to wear masks/face coverings. Staff may decline to assist patrons in one-on-one settings such as helping with computer issues if the patron is not wearing a mask. All patrons will be provided basic circulation services at all times.
Anyone who is not feeling well, has tested positive or who has been in contact with a COVID-19-positive individual, is asked to stay at home. The library’s digital services are available around the clock.
The library will continue to offer curbside pickup after library buildings re-open for any patron who continues to remain especially careful. Please call your local branch to order materials and arrange a pickup time.
UPDATED May 18, 2020:
The Pittsylvania County Public Library is reopening our book drops and resuming ‘curbside pickup’ for library materials while the library buildings remain closed to the public during the COVID-19 Emergency. Please know that all materials returned to the library are being wiped with disinfectant and held for 24 hours before being made available for checkout.
How does curbside pickup work?
1. Go online and put materials on hold, or call your nearest branch library with a list of things you’d like to check out – books, audiobooks, and DVDs. A staff member will confirm that the materials are available. Materials at the local branch may be available for pick up the same day. Materials coming from other branches may take up to a week to make their way to your branch for pickup.
2. We will check out the items to you and bag them ready for you to pick up.
3. When you arrive at the library, call to let staff know you are ready to pick up your order. The library is open from 10am until 6pm, Monday through Friday.
4. Staff will bring your bag to the front door and leave it outside for you. To maintain proper social distancing, staff cannot bring them to your car.
5. You pick up your materials and take them home to enjoy!
6. Any orders not picked up within three days will be checked in and made available for other patrons.
7. You can return materials in the library book drops.
Brosville/Cascade Branch Library: (434) 685-1285
Chatham Branch Library: (434) 432-3271
Gretna Branch Library: (434) 656-2579
Mt. Hermon Branch Library: (434) 835-0326
UPDATED April 29, 2020:
Phased Library Re-Opening for May and June
Here’s the latest on the library’s phased re-opening, designed to comply with the best available health and safety information (and subject to change, though we hope not!):
On Monday, May 18, the library will reopen for CURBSIDE pickup only.
— Library buildings will remain closed to the public
— Book drops will be open for returns
— Libraries will be staffed/open from 10am until 6pm, Monday through Friday
— The History Center will be staffed from 10am until 2pm, Monday through Friday
— The Bookmobile will not be running. Bookmobile staff will provide limited service to homebound patrons who cannot use the library’s curbside services
— Staff will be working split shifts to comply with the County Board of Supervisors guidance on social distancing in County work spaces.
On Thursday, June 11, the library will open to the public with social distancing restrictions in effect.
— To comply with social distancing restrictions, building occupancy may be monitored and limited
— Computer users will be spaced out and usage may be limited to accommodate demand
— Meeting rooms will be closed
— Programming may be reduced, restricted, or cancelled
— Curbside pickup will continue for any patrons who need to continue to be vigilant about social distancing
–Other restrictions may be required (mask use, etc.) if recommended/required by federal/state/local authorities
— Library operating hours may be altered, depending on staffing restrictions (will be announced later, when known)
— The Bookmobile will resume operations, with social distancing restrictions in place
— Enhanced sanitation procedures will be in place
While these plans may sound too cautious to some, please know that our foremost concern is the health and safety of all of our patrons and staff, from the infants and toddlers in our storytime groups to the parents and grandparents who bring them, and all of our patrons and staff who may have health concerns that increase their risk if infected with COVID-19. We are committed to providing the best services possible while keeping the Pittsylvania County Public Library safe and welcoming for every citizen in the county.
UPDATED MARCH 18, 2020:
The Pittsylvania County Public Library will CLOSE to the public at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, March 18.
Consistent with the emergency declarations at the national, state, and local level to limit the possible spread of COVID-19, all branches and the bookmobile service of the Pittsylvania County Public Library will close at 6:00 pm today and remain closed until the current public health emergency warrants reopening.
Fines will be waived during this period. Book drops will remain open to return materials.
Staff will be available from 10:00am until 6:00pm Monday through Friday to provide public phone assistance and curbside pickup of library materials.
The library’s free WiFi is available within a limited range outside each of our buildings and citizens are invited to access it from their cars.
Details of the curbside pickup service will be provided on the library’s website, our Facebook page, or via the phone later this week. Library staff will also look for other ways to provide services to the public remotely. Please make use of our large collection of e-resources and databases for the public on our website.
Update March 13, 2020:
Out of concern for the health and safety of our patrons and their families, and in line with the Governor’s Declaration of Emergency and request for social distancing, the Pittsylvania County Public Library is implementing the following actions, effective immediately and continuing until April 30:
- Canceling all public programs involving gatherings of any number of people at all branches, including story times, exercise programs, and other events.
- Canceling all public outreach programs such as story times at schools and day care providers.
- Canceling all meeting room reservations. Individuals may still use study rooms on a first-come, first-served basis.
- No food or coffee will be provided or sold at library branches.
- Further increasing our already enhanced sanitation procedures to include wiping down materials as they are returned and holding them for 24 hours before returning them to circulation.
We appreciate that these actions will disappoint many library users, but we hope that taking these steps will contribute to reducing the spread and severity of the COVID-19 pandemic and contribute to keeping the library a safe place for our patrons to visit.
Patrons and visitors are encouraged to participate in these health and safety precautions by washing their hands or using hand sanitizer, avoiding crowds, and staying home if they are feeling unwell.