The Chestatee Regional Library System has announced that it will be reopening all of its branches, which includes the Dawson County Library, on Monday June 15.
Starting June 15, the Dawson County Library, along with the other branches of the library system, will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, according to a library press release. The Dawson County Satellite Library will remain open by appointment only.
The library will also continue it’s porch pickup program so that patrons can pick up hold items without risk of exposure to illness.
As the Chestatee Regional Library System begins to reopen, branches begin enforcing extra precautions to ensure the safety of staff and patrons, according to the press release.
“Plexiglass barriers have been installed at the circulation desk and other points of direct staff/patron contact,” the release said. “We have marked the floors to encourage social distancing while you are growing for items when you are ready to check out.”
The library will have self-check-out machines available for patrons to use and patrons are asked to return books via library book drops, instead of bringing them to the desk. Returned books will be sanitized before being returned to the library shelves, the release said.
“Staff will either be disinfecting individual books as they are checked in, or ‘quarantining’ the items for three days before putting them back into circulation,” the release said.
Library staff will have their temperatures taken daily when they arrive to work. Staff will also be required to wear masks, and patrons will be encouraged to do the same. If a patron needs individual help away from the desk with its Plexiglass barrier, a mask will be required.
Hand sanitizer will be available around the library building, and staff will be cleaning the building and rest rooms before and after open hours. Computers will be available with restrictions, while meeting rooms and book sales will remain closed, according to the release.
“Half of the computers have been taken out of service to allow for proper safe distancing,” the release said. “The meeting rooms will be unavailable for library programming or for outside use and book sales will not be open.”
Despite the precautions, the library system is still planning to listen to directions by officials as the reopening date approaches.
“Please note that while we will make every effort to launch the opening on June 15 and to maintain the current plan of action, we will continue to rely on state and local officials for direction should the current situation change,” the release said. “We have missed you and hope to welcome you back, along with those of you who don’t yet have a library card!”