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Reopening

Reopening

The Main Library and Midway Branch will be reopening Monday, June 15

Main Library Hours: Monday-Friday 9am-6pm, Saturday 1-5pm

Midway Branch Hours: Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays 9am-1pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays 2-6pm, Saturday 1-5pm

The Main Library and Midway Branch are reopening for limited hours starting Monday, June 15. We are encouraging grab and go browsing of materials, and curbside pickup will continue to be offered. For everyone’s health, we are limiting some services and implementing new safety measures.

What is available?
• Books, DVDs, magazines, and more
• Copy, scan, or fax
• Public computers - 1 hour limit
• All late fines are waived

FAQs

Updated FAQs June 2020
 
Is the Library open?
As of Monday, June 15, the Main Library and Midway Branch will be open. Hours have been modified to:

Main Library
Monday - Friday, 9am to 6pm
Saturday 1 to 5pm

Midway Branch
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 9am to 1pm
Tuesday and Thursday 2 to 6pm
Saturday 1 to 5p m

The Library will also be closed on Sunday.

The first hour of each weekday is reserved for seniors age 60+ and those higher risk individuals.

Curbside pickup will still be available. Please place items on hold prior to pick-up at www.woodfordcountylibrary.org or by calling (859) 873-5191. Book drops are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
 
Do I have to wear a mask when I visit?
Per the Governor and health officials, they are recommended to be worn by the public but are not required for use of the Library.  We have made masks available for visitors if they choose to wear one.
All staff are required to wear a mask while working. The Library is following Kentucky’s Healthy at Work guidelines (https://govstatus.egov.com/ky-healthy-at-work).
 
What can I expect when I visit?
While we are glad that the Library is open to the public again, service will look a bit different.
Per government guidelines, we are limited in the number of people who can be in the Library at any one time. In order to allow as many visitors access to the building as possible, we are providing quick services such as:
Grab and go browsing of items
One hour of computer use
Quick reference assistance
Copy, scan and fax
Depending on the number of people visiting at any one time, there may be a wait to get into the building. Additionally, you may notice the furniture has been moved. Due to occupancy limits per governmental guidelines, during this phase of the Library’s reopening, our focus is on allowing patrons to quickly come in and complete their business. However, if you need the assistance of a chair, please ask a staff member.
 
Why are there limits on computers?
There are limited times on computers to provide access to as many people as possible given the fact that we have fewer computer terminals available due to social distancing guidelines.
 
Why can’t I stay as long as I want?
While we’d love people to stay, right now we are trying to get as many people in the building as possible. To ensure fair and reasonable access to as many Library users as possible, we’ve had to enact building occupancy limits.  This also allows the Library to best comply with social distancing guidelines put in place by the Governor.
 
How are you keeping items and the buildings clean?
Since the Library closed in early March, staff have been cleaning and modifying procedures to ensure a safe environment. The Library is following Kentucky’s Healthy at Work guidelines (https://govstatus.egov.com/ky-healthy-at-work). Additionally, all items that are returned are placed in a 72-hour quarantine and cleaned and sanitized before being returned to the shelves.  
 
I turned in my items one, two or three days ago. Why are they still showing up on my account?
Once items are returned, they go into immediate quarantine for 72 hours before being checked in. After 72 hours they are checked in and made available on the shelves or for people to place on hold online. Fines are not being charged for overdue items. If you think you returned your items and they are showing up on your account four days or longer after you returned them, please contact us, (859) 873-5191.
 
Are there going to be Library programs again?
Yes! Due to current social distancing guidelines and space limitations regarding the number of people allowed in the building, we are unable to offer in-person programs.. We are continuing to monitor state and health official guidelines and will expand in-person programming when permitted. Currently we offer many programs online through Facebook, Google Meet, and Zoom. Visit www.woodfordcountylibrary.org for a calendar of events.
 
Can I use the meeting and study rooms?
We are unable to provide meeting room use at this time. We will continue to modify Library use as the governmental guidelines are updated
 
Can I donate books?
The Library is not accepting donations at this time.
 
When do I need to return items I have?
Items checked out prior to closing are all due June 30.  
 
Will I be fined for overdue items?
No. Overdue fees for returned items will not be charged through the end of the year.