Saturday, August 15, 2020

Richardson reopens library with limited services

Image via the Richardson library website.

The Richardson Public Library reopened its doors with limited access and modified operating hours on Tuesday, May 5. By way of Executive Order (GA-18) issued by Gov. Abbott, libraries may open under a 25 percent occupancy limitation, but interactive areas must remain closed.

The following procedures will be in place at the Library beginning Tuesday, May 5:

  • Floor 1 will be partially opened under a modified schedule (see below). Public access to all other floors will remain restricted
    • Floor 1 Operating Hours
      • Mon. – Sat. (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.)
      • Sun      (2:30 – 5:30 p.m.)
    • Only 25 patrons at a time will be allowed in the facility during operating hours
    • Floor 1 services will be limited to first-floor book displays, media (movies/music), and service areas for children and teens.
  • Public access is limited to Richardson residents only (patrons must bring proof of residency)
  • Curbside checkout service will operate according to the following schedule
    • Mon. – Sat. (2:30 – 5:30 p.m.)
    • Sun  (no curbside service) 
  • NOTE: No residency requirement for curbside checkout service

Other Impacts to Library Services

  • If the facility is at capacity, patrons will be required to wait outside until space is available
  • Sneeze guards have been installed at all staffed desk areas
  • Floors have been taped to mark appropriate separation for social distancing
  • Hand sanitizer has been placed for public use
  • Credit card is currently the only accepted form of payment for late fees
  • Checkouts are for 3 weeks with autorenewal kicking in on items with no holds
  • Access to catalog/checkout computers limited to maintain social distancing
  • Sanitizing of public areas will be performed nightly

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