Thursday, May 21, 5:00 PM
Last updated Monday, November 16, 8:57 am
The Marion County Public Library System is OPEN. See below for details and hours of operation. Patrons are REQUIRED TO WEAR FACE COVERINGS AT ALL TIMES, in compliance with Governor Justice’s Executive Order 77-20
PATRON SERVICES –
The following services are currently available.
- Our buildings are open to patron browsing. The patron limit is 15 people at a time for Fairmont and 6 at a time for Mannington and Fairview. This is based on square footage, and does not include employees.
- Priority Hour: Seniors and people who are high-risk are invited to join us for a special designated hour of service on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Mannington and Fairmont: 9:00 am – 10:00 am, Fairview: 10:00 am – 11:00 am
- Patrons may make an appointment for computer use. Contact your branch for assistance! Please note that the number of people in the building at any given time will be limited, and that the amount of time will be limited to 60 minutes, to accommodate as many visitors as possible. Computers will be cleaned between uses, and only every other computer will be used. The patron limit is 15 people for Fairmont and 6 for Mannington and Fairview. This is based on square footage.
- Homebound Services
- Customer and reference services over the phone.
- Patrons may pick up items they have placed on hold in person, at the White Hall Express, or using curbside pickup. Some holds may be delayed by the quarantine period (72 hours) after an item is returned to the library.
- Branches will continue to offer services such as notarizing, faxing, scanning, photocopies, and printing.
- Library Staff will continue to respond to online reference questions, circulation questions, reader’s advisory questions, and participate in online chat sessions (Click here to ask us a question!)
- The White Hall Express will continue to be refilled regularly through the week
- Library staff will continue to offer virtual programming
Winter Hours of Operation (until March 1, 2021):
Monday-Tuesday: 9 am – 6 pm
Wednesday-Friday: 9 am – 6 pm
Saturday: 9 am – 4 pm
Monday: 10 am – 5 pm
Tuesday: 10 am – 5 pm
Wednesday-Thursday: 10 am – 5 pm
Friday-Saturday: 9 am – 1 pm
Monday: 9 am – 6 pm
Tuesday-Friday: 9 am – 5 pm
Saturday: 9 am – 1 pm
Library Programs –
At this time, library programming is limited to primarily web-based platforms, though several book clubs are meeting in person. Please CLICK HERE to view upcoming events.
Outreach Services –
Suspension of Bookmobile, home deliveries, and agency deliveries
Bookmobiles and library visits to day cares, preschools, and schools are suspended to encourage social distancing, indefinitely.
Meeting Rooms –
Suspension of use of Meeting Rooms
Library meeting spaces and rooms are usually available to the public for meetings and events under library operating guidelines and policy.
Library meeting rooms will no longer be available for booking to encourage social distancing. We will work with organizations and groups who have previously scheduled meetings to determine best safety precautions and possible rescheduling.
What the Library is doing
The Library continues to follow best practices in its cleaning, disinfecting, and housekeeping regimen at all locations. We urge all – patrons and staff – to be vigilant about frequent hand washing and instructing those who feel ill to stay home and consult their healthcare providers.
Some (but not all) safety measures that we have put into place:
- All library materials returned by patrons will continue to be disinfected and quarantined for 72 hours
- Plexiglass shields have been installed at all circulation desks
- Staff members will provided with facemasks or may provide their own. Gloves will also be provided.
- Employees working with the public will be required to wear a facemask while on-duty.
- Staff will be screened at the beginning of each shift for the presence of COVID-19 symptoms
- Staff will adhere to the six feet social distance guideline, and taped Xs have been put into place at six-foot intervals
- Staff will clean high traffic areas regularly
This list will be updated as we move into the other phases of our reopening process.
Ways to keep yourself and your neighbors healthy
- Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
- Throw used tissues in the trash right away.
- Frequently wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60-90% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
Using your Library from home
The Library System has many digital resources and we encourage you to visit www.mcpls.org/streaming to access our Digital Resources including ebooks, audiobooks, newspapers, magazines, graphic novels, streaming music and video, and information databases.
Don’t have a Marion County Public Library card? Get immediate access to our online services by registering for a library card online at www.mcpls.org/card or download the library app in the Apple App store or Google Play store.
Keeping you updated
The Library System will continue to follow the actions and recommendations of state and federal health officials through this COVID-19 outbreak. We know it is a challenging time, and we’ll work hard to continue to communicate further changes in our services.