Westlake Porter Public Library announces re-opening plans

In accordance with the plan for reopening businesses and organizations in Ohio announced by Governor DeWine on April 27, Westlake Porter Public Library will begin reopening procedures starting the week of May 3.

The plan for bringing back in-person services will occur in three parts while ensuring that the library continues to be mindful of the health and safety of both patrons and staff. Library staff will be cleaning the building and preparing materials for circulation throughout the reopening process.

Curbside service and telephone reference services are the first part of the gradual reopening plan. The official start date for both will be announced soon. When curbside service begins, patrons will be able to pick up new or existing holds by parking in one of several parking spaces in front of the building. Patrons will then call the library and provide their name and parking spot number. A WPPL staff member will bring out the materials in a plastic bag and place them in the trunk of the patrons’ vehicle. Any materials returned to the library will be quarantined for 72 hours.

The second phase will be opening the building for computer use on Tuesday, May 12. Patrons should call the library to reserve a computer for a specific time and day. Those reserving a computer must have a library card, no guest passes. There will be a limit of one person to a computer but there may be exceptions for two family members working together.

The final step in reopening WPPL will be opening the entire building. The timing of this will occur in accordance with guidelines laid out by state and local government in order to ensure the safety of WPPL patrons and staff.

“On behalf of the Westlake Porter Public Library board of trustees and staff, thank you for your patience while our building has been closed to comply with the State of Ohio’s Stay-At-Home Order,” said Library Director Andrew Mangels. “We look forward to seeing you at the library!”

Elaine Willis

Elaine Willis is the Public Relations Associate at Westlake Porter Public Library.

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Volume 12, Issue 9, Posted 9:43 AM, 05.05.2020