East Lansing Public Library eases into reopening Oct. 12

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On Monday, East Lansing book lovers will be able to visit a place few have seen in the past four months as the library begins a Phase 4 reopening.

There will be restrictions:

  • 40 patrons at a time
  • Time will be limited to 30 minutes for grab-and-go
  • Computer time limited to 30 minutes once per day
  • Patrons 5 and older must wear masks or face coverings unless unable to for medical reasons.
  • Children 9 and younger must be accompanied by a caregiver 15 or older.
  • Some restrooms and all drinking fountains will be closed.

There will also be limited h0urs:

11:00 am – 6:00 pm
11:00 am – 6:00 pm
11:00 am – 6:00 pm
2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Brice Bush, head of customer experiences and assistant director, said, “We developed a Pandemic Reopening Plan. We modified some rules and created a new patron code of conduct.”

She said that while the library was closed, it still allowed patrons to pick up resources curbside.

“We began offering library cards completely online, so we’ve maintained a  regular stream of new members throughout our closed period,” said Bush.

Bush said interest in the library’s digital collections has increased dramatically during the pandemic.

Friends hold Tailgate Sale noon to 3 p.m. Oct. 11.

The day before the reopening, The Friends of the Library will raise funds by selling used books from the trunks and backs of cars and trucks and on tables in the parking lot of the library at 950 Abbot Road.

Masks and social distancing will be required.

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