Hudson Library Update on COVID-19

UPDATE

The Hudson Library & Historical Society is pleased to welcome back customers into the building.

New services:

  • The physical newspaper collection is available for in-library use.
  • Limited chairs and tables are available for up to two hours of study, reading or other library activities.
  • The Friends book sale room will open once a month for sales starting Saturday, March 6 from 10 am-3 pm (during building hours). We are not, however, accepting donations at this time. Please see the Friends webpage for more information.

 

Under the reopening plan:

  • The library building will be open to the public from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday; 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (NEW!) on Tuesdays and Thursdays; and 10:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. The first hour on Monday, Wednesday and Friday will continue to be reserved for our vulnerable customers.
  • The second floor will reopen for browsing and limited computer services during all library open hours. Please note that at this time the archives and creativity lab will remain closed. Computer sessions will be limited to 60 minutes per day.

During this time, you will still be able to:

New Services:

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 two hours 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.
  • Customers may not bring food or drink into the building.

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 throughout the library including the Children’s Room, Teen Room and the Adult Services department on the 2nd floor.

  • 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 second floor, limited to one 60 minute session per day. Up to one additional hour may be extended upon request depending on computer availability. Appointments are highly recommended to ensure availability. Reserve online »
    • Print, fax, photocopy and scan to e-mail available on the second 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 available for browsing, but will be quarantined after patron use. The Hudson Library also subscribes to PressReader, an all-you-can-read digital newsstand with thousands of the world’s most popular newspapers and magazines.
  • Meeting rooms and study rooms 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.
  • A limited number of study tables are available on a first-come, first-serve basis for one-hour use. Masks must be worn at all times.
  • 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 4 days.
  • 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.