The Allen County Public Library has closed to the public and moved to appointment-only genealogy services and computer use to prevent the number of visitors physically inside its buildings because of the county’s Code Red COVID-19 status.
The library restrictions will be in place Nov. 27 until Jan. 28 “or until two weeks after Allen County has returned to a code orange status, whichever comes first,” according to the policy.
Operations were to be normal through Nov. 25. The libraries were closed Nov. 26 for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Denise Davis, the library’s director of strategic initiatives and interim director, made the announcement to the library’s board at its Nov. 19 meeting.
Patrons will be able to get materials through curbside service at all libraries.
Several patrons said that the closure of the library in the spring happened too quickly for them to get holds and other items, so the library hoped to give patrons enough time now, Davis said.
To offset the restrictions, patrons will be allowed to request twice as many items for holds, 20 instead of 10.
Per the policy:
• Patrons must go through PCReservation at https://acpl-cms.wise.oclc.org/using-the-library/computers to use library computers, with a limit of one 2-hour session per day.
• To use the Genealogy Center, patrons must make an appointment by emailing Genealogy@ACPL.Info.
• Reference services will be available at all ACPL locations at 260-421-1200.
• Virtual reference will be available via Ask@acpl.info.
• Online library card applications will continue to be processed.
• Outreach Services will continue to provide service to homebound individuals and facilities where possible.
• Food/drink are not permitted by the public inside ACPL buildings.
• Due dates are not being extending. Drop-off boxes will remain open.
Hours are being adjusted.
Main, Aboite, Dupont and Georgetown: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and noon-5 p.m. Sunday *Main only
Other locations: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday with the exception of Monroeville and Woodburn at 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2-6 p.m.; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday with the exception of Monroeville and Woodburn at 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Curbside hours: 10 a.m.-noon and 3-6 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.-noon and 3-6 p.m. at all locations except for Monroeville and Woodburn; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Monroeville and Woodburn; 1-4 p.m. Sunday at Main only.
A medical waiver that allowed some patrons not to wear mask will be removed and those patrons will not be allowed inside the libraries.
“It’s not fair to staff and it’s not fair to other customers who might be in the building,” Davis said.