COVID-19 Access Policy

Updates/Additions to Collingswood Public Library Policies
June 2021

This update will supersede policies and procedures approved prior to June 2021.  The COVID-19 Pandemic requires that additional safeguards be instituted to protect the staff and patrons of the library.  These updates will address matters such as social distancing, remote working conditions, and patron behaviors, based on the guidance of federal, state, and local health departments.

These policies can be changed at any time depending on the New Jersey State, Collingswood Borough, and local health guidance.

Meeting Room

During a public health crisis, all meeting rooms are closed until further notice.  These rooms may be used by the staff for the storage and quarantine of materials.

Computer Use

During the public health crisis, computer seating will be available to the public to allow for social distancing.  All seats will be at least six feet apart.  Patrons will be limited to one-hour sessions.  This applies to patrons with a library card and with a guest pass. Library WiFi is available(with a password) outside of the building for public use as long as social distancing measures are followed, and as long as illegal downloads do not occur.  

Employee Dress and Leave

Employees may be required to wear personal protective masks while performing duties for the library as part of their uniform.  Library staff will have access to gloves, hand sanitizer, sanitizing wipes, and other necessary gear. 

 Limiting the Number of Individuals in the Library at Any One Time

The Library will abide by New Jersey Executive Orders and work with County Health Officials to determine the maximum number of individuals that safely can be in the library at any given time and if additional precautions are mandatory. That figure will include staff as well as the public.

 Patron Behavior

 Masks are not required for entry, but masks are recommended if you are not fully vaccinated.

Resources:
New Jersey State Library: COVID-19 Pandemic Resources and Plans for Library Reopening

https://www.njstatelib.org/covid-19-pandemic-resources-and-plans-for-library-reopening/

Best Practices for Reopening NJ Libraries https://docs.google.com/document/d/1kR5nSW4XuCdljSt3rGmrdkwV4PxhJkTfvmhPIFoOmvk/edit