Westlake Porter Public Library will reopen the building for patrons to browse the collection on Wednesday, June 17 at 9 am. At this time, we will cease curbside service in lieu of our drive-up window on the south side of the building. The first hour of the day, 9 -10 am Monday through Saturday, will be set aside for older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions.
Because WPPL takes the safety of its patrons and staff seriously, physical distancing guidelines and a continued reduction in some services will be in place to provide a safe environment for everyone. Hand sanitizer stations will be available throughout the building. The changes and reduction of services listed below stem from the need to continue physical distancing but also to ensure that we can keep the building as clean as possible and have staff focus on keeping high traffic areas sanitized.
Based on recommendations from the Ohio Department of Health and the CDC, and approved by the County Prosecutor’s Office, all staff and patrons over the age of two will be required to wear a face covering while in the building. Those that cannot wear a face covering can be served through our telephone reference and drive-up window services.
Internet use will remain by appointment only. If an appointment is not made in advance, there is no guarantee a computer will be available.
Meeting Room usage and in-person programs will remain on hold while the state’s ban on mass gatherings of more than 10 people remains in place. We will continue to offer high quality programs virtually through Zoom and our social media platforms.
Areas of the library have been modified to accommodate physical distancing. Patrons will be encouraged to use self-check. You will need to have your library card and PIN to use the self-check stations.
Tables and chairs have been temporarily removed due to the difficulty of ensuring they can be properly sanitized between uses. Magazines will be available for checkout, but newspapers will not be available since they cannot practically be quarantined for three days after use like all other library materials.
Children ages 15 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and there will be a limit of 80 patrons in the building at any one time.
Portables Gift Shop and the Book Nook will remain closed for the time being. Both are staffed exclusively by volunteers and the funds they raise go directly back to support the library’s mission. The Café will also remain temporarily closed while our “browsing only” and “no food and drink” policies are in place.
While curbside service and computer use have been well received, we know people are anxious to come into the building and browse the collection for themselves. We are excited to welcome the community back to the library and are hopeful that if we all follow these guidelines, we can create an atmosphere that prioritizes safety while also providing access to the collection.