The Library is closed until further notice / COVID-19 Library Safety Procedures

For the safety and well-being of patrons and staff, effective March 30, 2020, the Library is temporarily closed to patrons until further notice due to the COVID-19 situation. This change is per the directive from the Governor and has been approved by the Library Board and the City of Valley Center. Items may be returned to the book return boxes in the parking lot during this time but no library materials can be checked out.

Staff will be monitoring emails and Facebook messages and can assist with Library account issues. Phones will not be attended and voice messages will not be returned. Please reach us via email at valleycenterlibrary@yahoo.com. All due dates will be extended and fines will not accumulate.

We miss all our patrons and we hope you all stay safe and well and can’t wait until we get to re-open and see all of you!

 

Our current COVID-19 Library Safety Procedures:

The safety of our patrons and staff is our highest priority.  To lessen the potential exposure to COVID-19 and other infectious diseases, the following procedures remain in place until such time as the Library Board and Library Management modify or discontinue:

The Library will remain closed to the public.  Staff assist patrons with accessing electronic materials, troubleshooting account issues, etc.  Patrons will be asked to put returns in the book boxes for proper handling with gloves by staff.

Staff will empty materials from exterior boxes twice daily. Staff handling returned items will wear gloves, another staff member will open locks, doors, handle computer requirements for checking in items, etc.  Carts and bins used for the collection of returned materials will be cleaned with disinfectant after each use.

Returned materials will be cleaned on exteriors using disinfecting wipes and sorted onto tables, where they will remain isolated from the collection and unavailable for checkout for a period of 14 days.

After 14 days, materials will be inspected for any damages or other issues prior to being re-shelved.

Materials with reserves will not be checked out to patrons until the 14 day period has completed and the Library reopens to the public.

Staff will not handle returned items without wearing gloves, and will wash hands after handling.  Staff who feel ill (cough, body aches, or fever) must stay home and may not return to the Library until they have been symptom free (without the use of fever-reducing medication) for at least 24 hours.  If staff has any indication that their illness may be COVID-19 or influenza, or if they have been exposed to anyone suspected of having COVID-19 or having exposure to COVID-19, they will notify Library management and must follow current CDC guidelines for returning to work.

Staff will maintain appropriate social distancing while at work.  Keyboards, phones and other high use items will be disinfected periodically throughout the day. The building is being professionally cleaned multiple times each week.

 

What does the closure of the Community Center/Library mean for Library users?

  1. Staff will continue to answer phones (755-7350), empty the book drop, assist patrons with digital resources, and pull online and phone holds for patrons.
  2. Patrons may place Library materials on hold via our online catalog, over the phone and via email valleycenterlibrary@yahoo.com. Holds will be checked out to the patron and available for pick up in front of our building. If you need help placing an item on hold, please feel free to call the Library. Please give us ample time to pull your items. Contact us at 755-7350 when you are in our parking lot and we will bring your items out.
  3. Fines on library materials are suspended. Due dates are extended.
  4. Copies, faxes, notary services, test proctor services, public computer use, etc. are not available.

Don’t forget to utilize Sunflower eLibrary for eBooks and eAudiobooks, and RBdigital for eMagazines.

Check us out on Facebook for Facebook Live story times and other fun activities.

We want to continue to be a resource for you and your family in these strange times. Don’t hesitate to call on us for assistance.  We appreciate your understanding and cooperation during this time.