We are excited to announce that the O’Fallon Public Library is reopening on Monday, June 8.  For everyone’s safety, we are limiting some services and requiring certain protocols.  More information is found below.

  1. Returns
    1. You may begin returning items via our outside book drop on Monday, June 1 at 9 am
    2. No late fees will be assessed on items as we previously extended your due dates
    3. If you have concerns about being able to return your items, please email us at [email protected], or call 618-206-4341
       
  2. Library Hours
    1. The first hour of each day is reserved for seniors (65 and older) and vulnerable populations
      • 9 am to 10 am, Mondays through Saturdays
      • 1 pm to 2 pm, Sundays
    2. The library is open to the general public from 10 am to 8 pm, Mondays through Thursdays; from 10 am to 5 pm. Fridays; 10 am to 4 pm, Saturdays; 2 pm to 5 pm, Sundays
       
  3. Visiting the Library
    1. All patrons over the age of 2 must wear a mask (accommodations may be made for individuals with medical conditions or disabilities that prevent them from safely wearing a mask)
    2. Families are strongly urged to limit the number of members entering the building so that we can allow more households to access the library at once
    3. Children 12 and under must be with an adult 18 or over
    4. Separation of six feet from non-household members must be maintained
    5. Occupancy counts will be monitored.  Wait times for entering the building may be necessary depending on occupancy
    6. Restrooms will be open
    7. Water fountains and the vending machine will not be accessible
    8. The Book Sale area will be available, but book donations cannot be accepted until a later date (the next big book sale will take place in 2021)
       
  4. Pop-in/Pick-up/Pop-out
    1. Until at least July 1, we are asking patrons to plan for visits 15 minutes or less
    2. We will not be enforcing time limits right now, but if we have visitors waiting to enter, we may ask users who have been in the library longer to complete their visit
    3. Computer users who are job seeking, completing government or educational paperwork, and finding health or finance information will be given one-hour sessions
    4. All lounging type furniture and children’s toys and games have been removed from the library temporarily
    5. Study Rooms, the Quiet Room, outdoor areas, and the Teen Room are closed
    6. No in-person programming or special events will take place until a later date
       
  5. Safety and Cleanliness
    1. Staff will be masked at all times when outside of their offices
    2. Increased cleaning by staff is in effect; such as wiping down computers between uses, frequent hand washing, etc.
    3. Ten wall-mounted hand sanitizer stations have been installed throughout the building to encourage frequent use by patrons and staff
    4. All returned items will be quarantined for three days before checking-in (fines do not accrue during quarantine)
       
  6. Special Services
    1. Summer Reading Program is happening (details at ofpl.info/summer)
    2. Delivery from other libraries is on hold until a later date
    3. Passport applications are on hold until a later date
    4. Notary service is available
    5. AARP Tax-Aide will not resume this year
    6. Copying, faxing, and printing is available


Restoring access to library services and materials is key in helping our community move forward from the damage dealt by the pandemic.  Thank you in advance for your cooperation in protecting the safety of our staff and patrons by following the protocols above.  

We look forward to having you back.

Sincerely,
 

Ryan Johnson
Library Director

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