Hudson Library Update on COVID-19



UPDATE: June 12, 2020
The Hudson Library and Historical Society will begin welcoming visitors back to the library on June 23.

“Our re-opening plan prioritizes the safety and well-being of both library users and staff,” says Leslie Polott, Executive Director and Curator of Hudson Library and Historical Society. “The plan 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.”

Polott cautions that the June 23 re-opening doesn’t mean a return to business as usual. “We fully intend to return to offering full services at some point, but we’re not there yet. For the time being, our goal is to allow people into the building to browse our books, DVDs, and other materials while maintaining safe social distancing.”

Under the terms of the re-opening plan:

  • The library will be open to the public from 9:00am-5:00pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday. (The first hour on Monday, Wednesday and Friday is reserved for our vulnerable customers.); 11:00am-7:00pm Tuesdays and Thursdays; and 10:00am-2:00pm on Saturdays. The library will be closed on Sunday.
  • Strict occupancy restrictions will be in place to limit the total number of people in the library at one time to 60 to facilitate social distancing. A metered people-counter device has been installed to keep track. Customer visits will be limited to one hour to allow the maximum number of people to access the building each day.
  • Only the first floor Lobby, Rotunda, and Children’s Room will be open to the public. Requests for materials from the second floor and other areas not open to the public will be fulfilled by library staff.
  • Based on recommendations from the Ohio Department of Health and the CDC, all staff and customers over the age of two are required to wear a face covering while in the building. Face masks will be available for visitors who do not have one. Those who cannot wear a face covering can be served through our telephone reference, curbside service, and drive-up window services. Everyone entering the building will have their temperature taken. Please see the special notice below for more information on face masks/coverings.
  • Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
  • Study and meeting rooms will not be available, and in-house programming will not be offered for the time being. In the interim please check out the library’s extensive array of virtual programs and services.
  • Limited computer services will be offered. Computer and internet use will be available in the Rotunda but limited to 30 minutes sessions per day. Appointments are highly recommended to ensure computer availability.
  • 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.
  • 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. Pick ups can be scheduled by calling 330-653-6658. The library’s drive-up window will also be open for service.

Behind the scenes, the library has instituted strict measures to create a safe environment. All returned materials are quarantined for four days before being re-shelved. Surfaces are cleaned every two hours, and a team of professional cleaners sanitizes the entire building regularly.

“By taking a more measured approach to our re-opening, we will be able to get it right and keep everyone safe,” Polott says. “As circumstances change, we will begin offering increased services and programming—as long as we can do so safely.”

Special Notice

According to Ohio’s Stay Safe Ohio Order, libraries are required to allow patrons to wear a face mask/covering, and public health guidance recommends it to help protect other patrons and employees. We will now require customers to wear a mask/face covering 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.

Resources for Further Information on COVID-19

The Centers for Disease Control, the main U.S. federal agency monitoring and responding to the coronavirus outbreak, has created a site with frequently updated information for health practitioners, researchers, and the general public.

 

This health encyclopedia produced by the U.S. National Library of Medicine provides background on coronaviruses, along with updated information and links to health and medical information from other government agencies and trusted third-party organizations.

 

World Health Organization, a leading international health agency helping to coordinate the global response to the coronavirus outbreak, offers global news updates and helpful videos, answers common questions and dispels myths about the virus.

 

The Ohio Department of Health is a source for updated, accurate information to help you prepare for and protect against coronavirus disease 2019, COVID-19. If you have questions, call the COVID-19 Call Line.

 

Coronavirus Frauds and Scams: What You Need to Know The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) continues its work protecting consumers, providing guidance to businesses, and protecting competition in the marketplace throughout the pandemic.