Library Reopening to the Public

July 10, 2020

The New Carlisle Library Board of Trustees is committed to the safety of its staff and community. While things will certainly not be back to normal, we are opening to the public on July 15, 2020. The Library Board has decided on the following guidelines for a safe reopening of the library space:

  • We will have a maximum of 10 patrons in the building at one time, to make it easier for all involved to continue social distancing of 6 feet apart.
  • Anyone over the age of 5 must be wearing a face covering (a piece of fabric, plastic, or paper that covers the nose and mouth). If you have a medical restriction or ideological objection, we are continuing our no-contact pickup and the staff will do everything they can to make sure you can get the materials you need.
  • Please keep your visits as short as possible! We are thrilled to see you, and can’t wait to catch up on everything that’s going on, but that will have to wait. Computer time will be limited to 30 minutes and anyone under the age of 16 needs to be with a parent or guardian.  We are temporarily removing or rearranging almost all of our seating to discourage gathering.

What we WON’T have: the following items/areas are still off limits or unavailable

  • Public restrooms and drinking fountains
  • All toys and computers in the Youth area
  • Meeting and Study Rooms
  • Magazines and Newspapers
  • All programming will be remote or outdoors/socially distanced

The Library will have clear barriers at points of service, clean high-touch surfaces frequently, and do everything they can to provide a clean and healthy environment.

Patrons will be asked to apply hand sanitizer as they enter the building, and to try their best to limit the number of items they touch while browsing. Anything that is removed from the shelf but not taken home by a patron will be placed into quarantine.

All items that are being returned to the Library must be placed in the book drops, not on the desk. These items will also continue to be quarantined for three days.

Please know that the library staff and Board are doing everything they can to make this process as safe and easy as possible. We understand that some of these guidelines may be unpleasant, and please know that we are eager to return to normal as soon as it is safe.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Library Director Beth Freeman at (937) 845-3601 or bfreeman@seolibraries.org.