Update (June 23, 2020): The Way Public Library will open to the public beginning July 1 with modified services and hours.

On Wednesday, July 1, Way Library will begin reopening to the public with some modifications to hours and services.  Please read this FAQ and article carefully so you are prepared for the temporary changes your library has prepared.

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

Welcome back!
On Wednesday, July 1, 2020, Way Public Library will reopen with some modifications to hours and services. We are very excited to welcome you back to your library during this next phase!

What are the temporary new hours?
Monday-Thursday 9am-7pm
Friday 9am-5pm
Saturday 11am-3pm
Closed on Sunday
Please note that on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays the time from 9am-10:30 am is reserved strictly for those age 60 and over and anyone who is immunocompromised.

Will visiting the library be safe for my health?
Way Library prioritizes the health and safety of our patrons and staff. Careful planning and much work has gone into creating an environment which meets stringent safety standards. For everyone’s safety and in consistence with recommendations from the Ohio Department of Health and the CDC, appropriate face coverings must be worn by all staff and all patrons age 3 and older at all times inside the building. The library’s Rules of Conduct have been amended by the Board of Directors to include the face covering requirement until further notice. According to the CDC, an appropriate face covering should fit snugly against the side of the face, covering nose and mouth with no gaps, and be secured with ties or ear loops. For those unable to or unwilling to wear a face covering, reasonable accommodations will include delivery of CORE library services (checkout of materials and reference service) via digital services and curbside pickup.

Though we can’t eliminate all risk, we have carefully followed recommendations from the OH Department of Health and the CDC to put rigorous safety protocols into place. They include the installation of plexiglass shields at service desks, frequent cleaning and sanitizing of high-touch surfaces, visual social distancing reminders, easily accessible hand-sanitizer stations, removal of some furniture to reduce congestion, modification of interior traffic patterns, and extra training for staff members.

What else can I expect?
Occupancy of the building will be limited to sixty guests at a time. The Quiet Study Room is closed to the public as it is being used to quarantine returned library materials. The lower level of the library is off limits for the time being.

Will I be able to use a public computer?
A limited number of public computers will be available and will be sanitized regularly. Staff members will be able to assist with logging in to a computer, however, assistance with specific tasks or websites may not be available due to social distancing measures.
Computer usage is limited to an initial 90 minutes per individual per day. An extension of up to 90 minutes of additional time may be available if no other patron is waiting for a computer. Free wifi remains available throughout the building and in an area covering a large portion of the parking lot.

Can I use the printers?
Yes. Print, copy, and fax services will be available.

When can I return books, movies, and everything else I have checked out?
Now is a good time to start returning your items! Exterior book drops have been open since May 5. Beginning July 1, when returning items to the library, please deposit them in one of the exterior book or DVD/CD drops or in the new, special book drops located just inside the library’s vestibule. The book drops at the Circulation Desk will not be available until further notice. There will be a designated table in the Circulation lobby for the return of Beyond Books items.

What happens to returned books?
Returned items are currently being quarantined for four days (96 hours) before they are checked in and returned to our shelves.

Are you accepting book donations?
Unfortunately, the library is currently unable to accept any donations of books, DVDs, CDs, or other physical materials.

I miss the Summer Reading program!
Summer Reading Club is alive and well! It has gone online this year and you can still sign up. This summer we have reading activities and prize raffles for all ages, birth through adult. Register at https://waypl.readsquared.com.

What about storytimes and community events?
All library programming will continue to be virtual rather than in-person for the time being. Public meeting spaces in the building remain closed, but community members are encouraged to sign up for a free virtual Zoom meeting room on the library’s website. Way Library’s Zoom Rooms can accommodate up to 100 participants for up to two hours.

Will you still offer Curbside Pickup Service?
Yes! Our contactless Curbside Service is available by appointment and will continue after we reopen.

What if I don’t feel comfortable about coming in to the library yet?
We understand, and we can help! You can contact us by phone at 419-874-3135 to get any answers you need. You can use our Curbside Pickup service to check out fresh reading materials. You may use our Ask-A-Librarian feature on our website 24/7. And you are also welcome to call for a technology help consultation with one of our tech experts.

Press Release:

Careful planning and work has gone into creating a safe environment for both staff and community members when the building reopens. Visitors to the library can expect highly visible safety measures including new traffic patterns inside the building, frequent cleaning and sanitizing of high-touch surfaces, plexi-glass shields at service desks, visual social distancing reminders, limited seating, and easily accessible hand-sanitizer stations throughout the main level. Face coverings will be required for staff and patrons at all times inside the library.

Library hours have been modified. New hours are Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am until 7:00 pm; Fridays from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm, and Saturdays from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm. The library will be closed on Sundays during this phase of reopening. In addition, the hours of 9:00-10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays are reserved strictly for those who are age sixty and over and those who are immunocompromised.

For everyone’s safety and in consistence with recommendations from the Ohio Department of Health and the CDC, appropriate face coverings must be worn by staff and patrons age 3 and older at all times inside the building. The library’s Code of Conduct has been amended by the Board of Directors to include the face covering requirement until further notice. According to the CDC, an appropriate face covering should fit snugly against the side of the face, covering nose and mouth with no gaps, and be secured with ties or ear loops. Face coverings will be provided by a greeter upon entry for those who do not have one. For those unable to or unwilling to wear a face covering, reasonable accommodations will include delivery of CORE library services (checkout of materials and reference service) via digital services and curbside pickup.

Occupancy of the building will be limited to sixty guests. To facilitate stringent sanitization practices, the library’s lower level will be off limits at this time. The interior of the main level has been modified to encourage 6-foot physical distancing and reduce congestion points. Some seating has been removed or rearranged. The Quiet Study Room is closed at present due to its use as a quarantine area for used and returned library materials.

When using the library, patrons are asked to place books they have handled but don’t wish to check out on designated carts located throughout the collection.
A limited number of public computers will be available and will be sanitized regularly. An Interim Internet and Computer Use Policy has been adopted and will be in effect until further notice. Staff members will be able to assist a patron in logging in to a computer, however, assistance with specific tasks or websites may not be available due to social distancing measures. Under the interim policy, computer usage is limited to an initial 90 minutes per individual per day. An extension of up to 90 minutes of additional time may be available if no other patron is waiting to use a computer.

Free wifi remains available throughout the library and in an area covering a large portion of the parking lot.

Print, copy, and fax services will be available.

One-on-one services will not be available during this phase of reopening. All library programming will be virtual rather than in-person. Meeting spaces are closed until further notice, but community members are encouraged to sign up for a free virtual Zoom meeting room on the library’s website. Way Library’s Zoom Rooms can accommodate up to 100 participants.

Exterior book drops have been open since May 5. When returning items to the library, patrons are asked to deposit them in one of the exterior book or DVD/CD drops or in the new, special book drops located just inside the library’s outer vestibule. The book drops at the Circulation Desk are not available at this time. There will be a designated table in the Circulation lobby for the return of Beyond Books items.

Unfortunately, the library is unable to accept donations of books, DVDs, CDs, and other physical materials for the time being.

Library patrons are encouraged to continue to take advantage of Curbside Pickup for contactless delivery of library materials. Items currently on Way Library’s shelves can be pulled and made available for pickup upon request. Instructions for using this easy and efficient service are available on the library’s website. Statewide delivery service for items requested from other libraries has not yet resumed, and when it does, full operations will be a gradual process.

The community is invited to sign up for the annual Summer Reading Club. With categories for ages birth-adult, the Summer Reading Club is a fun way to keep reading and win prizes during the summer months. Registration is underway at waypl.readsquared.com for the online program which continues through July 31.

In preparation for a responsible return to in-person services, Way Library has focused on the safety protocols, best practices, and training which will ensure the health and well-being of staff and patrons alike. Though challenges with Coronavirus persist worldwide, visitors to Way may return with the confidence that everything possible has been done to minimize risk.

For those who are not quite ready to return to public spaces, Way Library continues to provide a wealth of online resources for all ages, available 24/hours a day at waylibrary.info.

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