COVID-19 Phased Re-Opening Plan


COVID-19 has pushed our library buildings to close temporarily. As we move towards our “new normal,” we are thinking carefully about how to return to full services in a safe and healthy manner for staff and patrons. However, there are many elements of our environment that we cannot predict. Therefore, this document will continue to be developed as we learn more and is subject to change.


This document outlines proposed stages to re-open our facilities and to reintroduce people to our physical spaces, our materials, and building- bound services with new health and safety protocols in place. Additional assumptions include the potential for reversion to earlier phases if new infections occur and government mandates to shelter in place are reinstated.


PHASE ONE: MAY 5, 2020

  • No public access to buildings.
  • Curbside pick-up available to patrons Tuesday- Friday 10am-4pm. Gloves and masks to staff provided. Verify identification with Photo ID.
  • Enable holds for items within Lincoln County Library system.
  • Three-day quarantine on incoming materials. Materials will be checked in after being quarantined.


PHASE TWO: MAY 19, 2020

  • Limited public access to building with no more than 10 patrons in the building at a time. Appointments are preferred.
  • Special hours: 10-11am reserved for high-risk patrons.
  • Patrons are encouraged to wear masks, and some will be made available. Hand sanitizing or gloves are required.
  • Curbside services suspended at all branches.
  • Frequent cleaning of high touch areas.
  • No services that promote lingering or gathering.
  • Computer services and programming suspended.



  • Reinstate public access to building with masks and hand sanitizing recommended by all patrons as long as social distancing can be maintained.
  • Curbside and/or appointment services suspended.
  • Enable courier services to move items currently in-transit.
  • No services that promote lingering or gathering.
  • Computer services are limited to 30 minutes.
  • Keep shortened hours of operations to ensure safe handling of materials.




  • Resume full operation levels as recommended by CDC, MACo, Governor, Public Health, etc.


Updated 6/2/2020