Porter Library reopens June 17

Westlake Porter Public Library will reopen the building for patrons to browse the collection on Wednesday, June 17, at 9 a.m. At this time, curbside service will cease in lieu of the drive-up window on the south side of the building. The first hour of the day, 9-10 a.m. Monday through Saturday, will be set aside for older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions.

Because WPPL takes the safety of its patrons and staff seriously, physical distancing guidelines and a continued reduction in some services will be in place to provide a safe environment for everyone. Hand sanitizer stations will be available throughout the building.

The following changes and reduction of services stem from the need to continue physical distancing but also to ensure that the building is kept as clean as possible while staff focus on keeping high traffic areas sanitized:

  • Internet use will remain by appointment only. If an appointment is not made in advance, there is no guarantee a computer will be available. 
  • Based on recommendations from the Ohio Department of Health and the CDC, and approved by the County Prosecutor’s Office, all staff and patrons over the age of two will be required to wear a face covering while in the building. Those that cannot wear a face covering can be served through our telephone reference and drive-up window services.

“While curbside service and computer use have been well received, we know people are anxious to come into the building and browse the collection for themselves,” said Library Director Andrew Mangels. “We are excited to welcome the community back to the library and are hopeful that if we all follow these guidelines, we can create an atmosphere that prioritizes safety while also providing access to the collection.”

Visit westlakelibrary.org for more details, to learn more about current services being offered and to stay updated on future developments.

Elaine Willis

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

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