Library officials have been closely following recommendations from the CDC, state and county government. While recommendations are that returned materials be quarantined for 72 hours, the Cumberland County Library will be quarantining returned materials for a week, before returning them to the collection. The library will be taking all precautionary measures to ensure not only the proper sanitization of materials; but, more importantly, the health and safety of both the public and library staff.
The contactless curbside service is available by appointment only. It will be available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Appointments and material requests should be made in advance by calling the library at 453-2210, ext. 26100. Patrons will only be able to receive items that are currently available in the library’s collection; the library will not be filling interlibrary loan requests for materials at other libraries.
The service is expected to run similarly to that of other retail establishments that offer curbside service. Staff members will locate the requested items in the collection. When the patron’s appointment time arrives, staff members will keep an eye out for the car described by the patron. A library staff member will confirm the patron’s identity and then place the items in a cart at the bottom of the ramp, to the left side of the library. Patrons should stay in their car until the staff member waves for them to pick-up their items. This method will ensure that the service remains contactless.
Library staff are available to take calls from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
To avoid potential damage to DVDs and other multimedia items, the library is asking that these items be returned on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and that books be returned on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Due-dates for all materials are currently extended through the end of June and are anticipated to be further extended through July 31. Fines will continue to be waived during the library’s closure.