Baldwin Public Library Reopens July 6 for Grab & Go Service
(BIRMINGHAM – June 30, 2020) The Baldwin Public Library will reopen to the public on Monday, July 6 for Grab & Go service. This reopening to the public moves the Library into Phase Three of its six-phase Reopening Plan, which was developed with input from staff members, health departments, and other local libraries.
After three weeks of offering curbside pickup, the Library’s normal operating hours will resume on July 6. Visitors to the Library will be able to browse and check out materials, but should expect the following changes and guidelines when they enter the Library:
- Visitors experiencing any COVID-19 related symptoms should not enter the Library.
- Occupancy is limited to 55 visitors at one time.
- Visitors are required to wear a face mask covering the nose and mouth when in the Library and interacting with others. Disposable face masks will be available at the Library entrance for those who do not have one. Visitors who cannot wear a face mask for medical reasons are encouraged to use the Library’s curbside pickup services.
- Visitors from different households must maintain physical distancing of six feet or more.
- Library items returned to the curbside dropbox and lobby book drop will be quarantined for 72 hours before being available for checkout.
- Hand sanitizing stations are available throughout the Library.
- Plexiglass screens have been installed at all service desks to help prevent the spread of germs.
- Public computers will be available for 30-minutes per user, per day.
- Seating is limited and study tables are not available.
- All study and meeting rooms are closed. Room rentals are unavailable.
- The Computer Lab and Idea Lab are closed.
- Toys, puzzles, water fountains, and vending machines are not available.
- Baldwin staff members are regularly disinfecting high-touch surface areas and the Library has enhanced its cleaning protocols.
Visitors are encouraged to use the contactless self-checkout stations, curbside pickup, automated return, and the Library’s many online resources.
Curbside pickup is available Mondays through Thursdays from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Sundays from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. To place items on hold for curbside pickup along Bates Street, visit baldwinlib.org/curbsidepickup.
Read more about Baldwin’s phased reopening plan
Level 5: Staff Only BPL (June 8-14, 2020)
On Monday, June 8, the Baldwin Public Library will begin its phased reopening plan by accepting the return of checked-out materials. As we process and quarantine a large volume of items, please allow up to seven days for items to show as returned on your library account. Fines are not accruing on items at this time. All items checked out before March 15 are due August 1, 2020. Both the curbside drop box and the entry-level return box will be open for returns.
Level 4: Curbside BPL (June 15-July 3, 2020)
Beginning Monday, June 15, curbside pickup will be available to patrons at the following times:
- Monday to Thursday: 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
- Friday & Saturday: 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
You can request items online or on the phone, and then call or text when you arrive at the Library. Staff will deliver your items to the sidewalk. Telephone and e-mail reference service will be available.
Level 3: Grab and Go BPL (July 6, 2020 – TBD)
Starting on Monday, July 6, the public will be allowed into the building for short periods of time, with masks and social distancing required. Aisles between the stacks will be one-way. Regular Library hours will resume. There will be a 30-minute time limit at public computers. Curbside delivery will continue.
Level 2: Six-Foot BPL
The start date is still to be determined. There will be a 60-minute time limit at public computers. The photocopier, fax, and scanner will be available, as will study rooms. Proctoring will become available again, and the book sale table in the lobby will be open for business.
Level 1: An Even Better BPL
The start date is still to be determined. All library services will resume, including in-person programs. Room rentals will be available, and donations to the Friends of the Library book sale will be accepted.
- View a full list of online resources accessible from home.
- If you’d like to register for a Baldwin Library card, sign up online now.
- Read the June issue of our Learn.Connect.Discover newsletter
Frequently Asked Questions
When will the Library reopen?
The Library will reopen in phases beginning on Monday, June 8. The current Executive Orders in effect from the State of Michigan allow libraries and museums to reopen on June 8, 2020 (Executive Order 2020-110), subject to the rules governing retail stores described in Executive Order 2020-97 or any order that may follow from it.
What does “reopen in phases” mean?
The Library has developed a reopening plan which entails bringing back different aspects of our services in phases, in order to ensure the safety of our staff members and patrons. The first phase will begin on Monday, June 8, when staff members are allowed to report to the building again, at which time we will begin accepting returns and providing telephone and email reference services.
The second phase will begin on Monday, June 15 when we remain closed to the public, but will add curbside pickup service.
On Monday, July 6, we will reopen to the public with our ‘grab and go’ stage, where people will be able to enter the building for short periods of time, provided they adhere to physical distancing and other related public health guidance.
View the full Pandemic Response Plan.
Why won’t the building just open normally?
The Library will adhere to all local, state and federal health and safety guidance in order to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus and maintain a safe working environment for our staff members and our patrons. Unfortunately, this means that we cannot provide services in the same way that we did before the pandemic. The safety of our community is our top priority.
Who developed this plan?
The Library Director, Associate Director, and Management Team developed the reopening plan with feedback and input from the Library staff members and the Library Board. It is in line with the way other area libraries are handling their reopening as well.
Will returned materials be quarantined/sanitized before recirculation?
All returned materials will be quarantined for a period of 72 hours before being recirculated to subsequent patrons. We will not individually sanitize every time that is returned to the Library. The Institute of Library and Museum Services is conducting a study on the length of time COVID-19 remains on surfaces. When the results of this study are released in mid-June, we will adjust our guidelines to meet best practices, where required. (IMLS COVID-19 Research Announcement)
When will MeL or interlibrary loan be available?
MeLCat lending and borrowing will be restored when 75-80% of participating libraries are open.
ILL will be available to patrons when MeLCat lending and borrowing is restored.
The earliest date MelCat lending and borrowing might be restored is July 13.
I have questions, concerns, or comments about this plan. With whom can I speak further about it?
Are you accepting donations for Used Book Sales?
The Friends would love to receive your donations in the future, but it may be a matter of many months before they can begin accepting donations again.
All items donated items left outside the Library entrance will be discarded.
What precautions will the Library take to protect patrons (and staff members) who are inside the building?
- Staff members will respond to a health checklist when reporting to work each day, and ill staff members will not be allowed to enter the building
- Patrons who are experiencing symptoms of coronavirus will be asked not to visit the Library
- All staff members will wear masks and/or face shields when interacting with the public. Patrons will also be asked to wear masks when inside the building and wash or sanitize hands upon entering the building
- All staff members and patrons will observe 6 feet of physical distance from other people while inside the building
- High-touch surfaces, including door handles, handrails, elevator buttons, etc., will be cleaned with increased frequency
- Aisles and entries will be made one-way, using stanchions and signage to direct traffic as necessary
- Plexiglass sneeze guards have been installed at all public services desks
- Some seating will be removed or moved to ensure 6 feet of space between patrons
- All programming will be conducted virtually until further notice