Library’s Response to COVID-19

PLYMOUTH PUBLIC LIBRARY
COVID-19 INFORMATION

UPDATE 3/14 8:45 pm. The library will be closed to the public through Monday, April 13. Please click here for the full statement.

The Library is actively monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak and planning to do what we feel is best for the sake of our patrons, our staff, and the greater community.

What is the library currently doing:

  • Library Programs and Meetings: Following the guidance of City Hall, and local health officials, the library will be suspending all non-essential programming and group meetings that utilize our meeting room for the next 30 days. This is in an effort to help slow down the spread of the virus.
  • Children’s Toys: We will temporarily remove all toys and games from the Children’s Library.
  • Library Due Dates: if you are feeling ill, please do not worry about late library items. You can call the library to renew items. Please do not come in to renew the items in-person. You will not receive any overdue fines.  If anyone in your household is feeling ill, please do not return you library items. (renew items, etc.)
  • Library Cleaning: Our cleaning staff spends 4 hours every morning cleaning.  We use an EPA approved hospital-grade disinfectant for the elimination of COVID-19 and other infectious germs.  The product is used for sanitizing bathrooms and high-touch areas such as counters, table tops, elevator buttons, door knobs, computer keyboards, computer mice, and phones.
  • Library Materials Cleaning: Collection materials are not disinfected when they are checked-in or as they are browsed or used in-house due to limited resources and supplies.  Please do not try to disinfect materials on your own.  It may end up causing damage to materials if done improperly.
  • Staff and Patron Hygiene: While supplies last, we are making hand sanitizer available to staff and patrons, plus we are encouraging frequent hand-washing by everyone.

However, the Library may close for a period of time in the event that:

  • The City of Plymouth closes its operations or;
  • a mandate order or recommendation for closure is issued by public health or government officials on the local, county, or state level;
  • The Plymouth School District closes or suspends operations;
  • our staff become ill or are known to have been exposed to the virus.

In the event of a closure, we will communicate on our website, our Facebook page, WHBL.com, TMJ4, and via signage on our exterior doors. We will also work with the Monarch Library System to adjust due dates as needed.

Please keep in mind, as a public space, the Library cannot guarantee a germ-free environment or germ-free physical materials. You need to consider if using library materials, or visiting the Library or other public spaces, is best for you and your family. 

Finally, please be aware that many of our patrons are in high-risk groups for the virus. Take this into account if you plan to visit us. If you are ill or suspect that you may have been exposed to someone that is ill, your best bet is to just stay home!

Next Steps: We continue to monitor the developing situation closely, staying up-to-date on information from federal agencies, health organizations, and other experts.  Thank you for your understanding and be well!