The Princeton Public Library opened for normal service on Thursday May 21st. Our library board has discussed, at length, the need to provide our patrons with vital services while keeping our staff and patrons safe.
Vulnerable people should continue to stay safe at home.
Sick people should stay home.
We welcome those who wish to use the library, with the understanding that being in this public space carries some level of risk.
As is the case in many communities, our library provides the only free public computer access for homework, job searches, unemployment filing, and other vital activities. We also fax time cards, copy legal documents, and allow people to connect with others online. Finally, we provide information and entertainment to help people maintain their mental health, a particularly tough challenge for many in this time of uncertainty and isolation.
For these reasons, we believe that it is important to open our doors. We will work hard to ensure the safety of our staff and patrons, while providing materials and services that many people can't get elsewhere.
Library Reopening FAQs:
What will our hours be? Normal pre-pandemic hours: Mon-Thurs 9am-7pm, Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday 9am-1pm. (Hours to be reviewed at the June 1st board meeting to ensure staff is not overworked.)
What is our maximum capacity at this time? 25 people including staff.
Will we allow meeting room use? No.
Will we allow children inside the library? Yes.
Will we allow PC use? Yes, but computers will be spaced six feet apart, Chromebooks will not be available, and gaming will not be allowed on computers—for any age.
Will bathrooms be open? Yes. Bathrooms will be sanitized regularly.
Will we take cash/card payments? Yes. Staff will wear gloves while taking payments and then dispose of them, or wash their hands after handling cash/cards.
Will we require staff to wear masks? Yes, except when alone in the back office.
Will we require patrons to wear masks? No, but we recommend them.
What if patrons are not comfortable entering the library? We will still provide curbside service to those who want it.
Will we provide senior hours? Yes. Thursdays between 9-10am will be reserved for seniors and those who are vulnerable. We ask others to stay out of the library at this time.
What other safety measures are we taking?
- We will regularly sanitize frequently touched surfaces.
- Returned items are quarantined for 72 hours.
- Seating will be spaced six feet apart.
- The water bubbler will not be used (it will be taped off).
- There will be a sneeze guard at the circulation desk.
- Toys will be put into storage.
- Hand sanitizer will be provided to patrons and staff.
- No in-person programs will take place at this time.
Signs posted in the entrance and inside the building will advise people:
- We are sanitizing surfaces regularly, but we cannot guarantee the library is germ-free. If you are extra-vulnerable, we encourage you to stay home and try our free ebooks and audiobooks on the Libby app.
- We recommend that you wear a mask and wash your hands regularly.
- Look, don’t touch, unless necessary. If you touch an item that you don't take, please put it in our book drop so we can quarantine it.
- If you are sick, stay home.