Hudson Library Update on COVID-19


The library’s re-opening plan prioritizes the safety and well-being of both library users and staff and was coordinated with other Summit County libraries to ensure it is carried out in a thoughtful, cautious manner and adheres to all the health directives from the Governors’ office, the Ohio Department of Health, Summit County Department of Health, and the CDC. For the time being, the library’s goal is to allow people into the building to browse books, DVDs, and other materials while maintaining safe social distancing. Behind the scenes, the library has instituted strict measures to create a safe environment for staff and patrons.

Latest Update – September 5, 2020

Under Phase 4 of the reopening plan:

Beginning on Monday, September 14:

  • The library will increase building hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays until 8 p.m. and Saturdays until 3 p.m. NEW HOURS: 9:00am-5:00pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday (The first hour on Monday, Wednesday and Friday is reserved for our vulnerable customers.); 11:00am-8:00pm Tuesdays and Thursdays and 10:00am-3:00pm on Saturdays. The library will be closed on Sunday.
  • The Teen Room will reopen for browsing.
  • 3D printing service requests will resume.

Beginning on Saturday, October 3:

  • The second floor will reopen for browsing on Saturdays only. On other days, requests for materials from the second floor will be fulfilled by library staff.
  • Study rooms and sitting areas are unavailable at this time due to recommendations from the Governor’s office, Ohio Department of Health, Summit County Department of Health and the CDC.
  • The archives and creativity lab will remain closed while we await more information on how to properly clean and sanitize fragile and sensitive materials and equipment. In the interim, the library will be offering “podcasting-to-go” kits and circulating a photograph scanner. Please check with Adult Services for more information.

All dates and procedures relating to the library’s phased reopening process are subject to potential change based on directives from state and county health authorities as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Important Safety Information While in the Building

  • Strict occupancy restrictions will be in place to limit the total number of people in the library at one time (60) to facilitate social distancing.
  • Based on recommendations from the Ohio Department of Health and the CDC, all staff and customers ages two and older are required to wear a face mask while in the building. Face masks will be available for visitors who do not have one. Those who cannot wear a mask can be served through our telephone reference, curbside service, and drive-up window services. Please see the special notice below for more information on face masks.
  • Everyone entering the building will have their temperature taken.
  • Customer visits will be limited to one hour to allow the maximum number of people to access the building each day.
  • Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
  • All materials must be returned in the outdoor book drop or return bins at the front door. No returns will be accepted in the building.
  • Current building, drive-through and telephone reference hours.

A Note About Library Fines

As a courtesy to our customers, the Hudson Library will continue to waive all fines on all materials returned to the Hudson Library. All charges related to lost materials will be waived once the items are returned and complete the quarantine period. Please note, in order for fines to be waived, items must be returned to the Hudson Library (and not to another library).

Available Services

  • Reference Assistance

    • In-person and telephone reference assistance.
    • Browse books and other items on the first floor of the library including the Children’s Room and Teen Room (beginning on September 14).
    • On October 3, the second floor will reopen for browsing on Saturdays only. On other days, requests for materials from the second floor will be fulfilled by library staff.

  • Check Out & Holds Pickup

    • Pick up holds at the drive-through window, contactless curbside service (by appointment), or in person in the library.
    • Check out Rokus, hotspots, puzzles, STEM kits, and other technology devices. View full list of available devices »
    • Check out items using self-checkout stations or circulation desk.

  • Computer Services

    • Digital resources are available 24/7. Learn more »
    • Computer and internet use will be available on the first floor, limited to 30 minute sessions per day. Appointments are highly recommended to ensure availability. Reserve online »
    • Print, fax, photocopy and scan to e-mail available on the first floor of the library.
    • Limited technology assistance in the building. Check out our current virtual technology program schedule
    • Hotspots and Chromebooks are available for check out.

  • Other Services

How can we help you?

Service Alternatives While Keeping Your Safety & Well-Being in Mind

  • Newspapers are currently unavailable for browsing, but staff may make limited copies for customers upon request. The Hudson Library subscribes to PressReader, an all-you-can-read digital newsstand with thousands of the world’s most popular newspapers and magazines.
  • Meeting rooms, study rooms and sitting areas are unavailable at this time due to recommendations from the Governor’s office, the Ohio Department of Health, Summit County Department of Health, and the CDC. The library circulates Chromebooks and hotspots.
  • Computers and tablets are unavailable in the Children’s room, but check out the Youth Services blog and our YouTube channel for virtual storytimes and programs as well as a number of online offerings just for children and families.
  • The library is not accepting any book donations.

Safety Precautions in Place

  • Returned materials will be quarantined for at least 7 days.
    UPDATE: A longer quarantine period is now recommended based on the latest REALM project research conducted by Battelle, OCLC, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services on how long the COVID-19 virus survives on materials that are prevalent in libraries, archives, and museums. More information »
  • Modifying furniture layout and signage to promote physical distancing.
  • Removed toys, train table, stuffed characters, in-house puzzles and other manipulative activities in the children’s room.
  • Limiting the number of people allowed in the building.
  • Increased cleaning protocols and schedules. Regular cleaning of high touch surfaces throughout the day.
  • Plexiglass shields at all public service desks.
  • Hand sanitizer and wipes available throughout the building.
  • Library patrons who are not comfortable coming into the building can continue to order materials for contactless curbside pick up and return materials at the book drop.

Special Notice

According to Ohio’s Stay Safe Ohio Order, libraries are required to allow patrons to wear a face mask, and public health guidance recommends it to help protect other patrons and employees. We will now require customers to wear a mask as long as there is a public health emergency. If a visitor objects to doing so for health/disability or religious reasons, then a reasonable accommodation will be made outside of the library building, such as curbside and drive-up services. Any individual whose behavior is deemed threatening others with possible exposure to the Coronavirus, such as refusing to wear a mask or not social distancing, will be required to leave the library.