Lititz Public Library reopens with Limited Services June 15th

Lititz Public Library Reopening with Limited Services

• As Lancaster County moves to Yellow, Lititz Public Library will reopen with limited services on Monday, June 15th.
• The outdoor book return will be open on Wednesday, June 10th (However, no items are due before JULY 16th so there is no need to rush to return materials).
• No book donations until further notice.
• The health and safety of patrons and staff are of the highest importance, therefore not all services will be available. Each library will open at a time and in a fashion suitable for their community. Please contact each library directly to ask questions regarding the services they will be offering.

Public libraries in Lancaster County will reopen with limited services as the County moves from Red to Yellow. The health and safety of patrons and staff are of highest importance, therefore not all services will be immediately available when libraries reopen, consistent with recommendations from the PA Office of Commonwealth Libraries. For example, the difficult decision has been made to cancel all holds requests for all library patrons of Lancaster County’s public libraries. Due to the limitations of the library database software, there was no easy way to fulfill patron holds while allowing for the safe and timely handling of library materials. Other services, like public use computers and in-person programming, will be available again once they can be provided safely and within CDC guidelines.
Strict procedures for the safe handling and quarantining of returned library items will be in place before print materials, CDs, and DVDs can be checked out to the public again. Many libraries will use a curbside delivery or pickup system to convey items to their patrons while maintaining recommended social distancing. The public is encouraged to contact their local library to find out what services will be available in their area.

Our libraries have remained open for business online throughout the stay-at-home order by expanding access to library cards, bolstering digital content, and offering virtual programming, but we are eager to get back to lending paper books and providing other in-person services. “We are anxious to return to full services here at Lititz Public Library, but we must follow the guidelines and regulations in place in order to achieve that. The sooner we can establish and maintain a safe environment, the easier it will be to continue to transition into increased and full in-person services,” says Ryan McCrory, Lititz Public Library Director. “We greatly appreciate the patience and understanding of our patrons thus far. It has been a tremendous feeling knowing we have the full support of our community as we’ve navigated uncharted territory and look to establish new guideposts for providing services in the near future.”

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