The McHenry Public Library will reopen to the public on July 13, but will have limited hours, services and capacity in order to comply with COVID-19 public safety guidelines.
According to a news release from public relations manager Kathy Lambert, local residents will once again be able to enter the library building to check out books and use the public computers.
All children must be accompanied by an adult and social distancing is required at all times. According to a service update posted on the library’s website, there will be signs posted inside to safely guide guests through the facility.
All guests ages 2 and older will be required to wear a face covering, but the library will continue to offer curbside service for anyone who is unable to wear a mask or is otherwise uncomfortable entering the building, according to the release.
The library’s hours will look very different for the foreseeable future in order to provide a safe environment for all patrons, according to the service update.
On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, the building will be open for indoor services from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and for curbside pick-up from 3 to 5 p.m. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, the library will offer curbside pick-up from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. and will be open for guests from 3 to 7 p.m.
On Saturdays, curbside pick-up will be offered from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the building will be open to the public from 2 to 5 p.m. The library will be closed for public entry as well as curbside pickup on Sundays.
Because of the capacity limits placed on establishments in Phase 4 of Gov. JB Pritzker’s Restore Illinois plan, the library will encourage its guests not to spend too much time browsing and will limit the use of computers to one hour per day.
If the library hits its capacity limit, some guests may be asked to wait outside or in their cars until others have left the building. All rentals should be returned via the bins in the North parking lot as the library is not allowing inside returns, according to their website.
The McHenry Library has removed much of its seating to discourage gathering and will not be able to allow the use of its meeting and study rooms at this time. The library also has eliminated the use of shopping baskets as a way to further minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19.
The library’s programs, storytimes and book discussions will continue to be held virtually and program kits for youth and adult services will be available for pick-up, according to the service update. Book donations will not be accepted at this time.
The library will continue its free summer meals program for anyone 18 years and younger. Free summer meals can be picked up between noon and 1 p.m. Monday through Friday at Entrance A of the library building.