(6-24-20) All four locations of the Mercer County District Libraries will reopen to the public with normal hours of operation on Wednesday, July 1, 2020, following guidance from the Ohio and Mercer County Departments of Health.

Patrons are asked to reserve the first hour of the day for at risk community members, including individuals 65 years and older and those with underlying medical conditions. Curbside pickup will still be available through the online curbside pickup form or by calling your library to schedule an appointment.

Meeting room spaces are currently unavailable reservations for those spaces are not being accepted at this time. However, the library will continue to offer virtual programs, book clubs and book recommendations on our Facebook page.

The library asks patrons visiting us to observe the following:

📚Patrons are asked to observe social distancing and keep at least six feet away from other people.

📚Hand sanitizer will be available for patron use, and the library asks that upon entry to the building, patrons use it before handling any library materials.

📚Patrons are strongly encouraged to wear a face covering.

📚If you or someone you live with is sick, please take advantage of curbside pickup service in lieu of coming into the library.

📚Limited public computers will be available for patrons to use with a 60-minute time limit.

📚There will be a limited number of patrons allowed in the library at one time in order to comply with social distancing guidelines. Visitors are asked to limit their time in the library to 30 minutes, unless using a public computer.

Library Staff will be observing the following protocols for the safety of our community:

📚Library employees will wear face coverings when interacting with the public.

📚Employee temperatures will be checked daily as part of daily health assessments allowing employees to self-evaluate if they are well.

📚Employees will sanitize and wash their hands frequently.

📚Employees will clean and sanitize workplaces and frequently touched surfaces throughout the day.

📚Materials returned to the library will be quarantined for 72 hours. Please allow extra time for items to be checked in and removed from your account.