CORONAVIRUS: Emporia Public Library holding off on reopening plans as cases continue to spike Featured

CORONAVIRUS: Emporia Public Library holding off on reopening plans as cases continue to spike KVOE News File Photo

The Emporia Public Library is postponing plans for granting additional access to its building due to the ongoing rise in COVID-19 cases over the past month.

The library announced the decision via a news release Thursday following the Library Board of Directors' most recent meeting. Originally, the library was planning to reopen its facilities for public browsing at the end of the month in 30-minute time slots.

Library Director Robin Newell says after further review and the massive spike in cases since the last week of October, the board and herself felt this was no longer a responsible decision. Thankfully the postponement will not be indefinite as Newell says the library will be utilizing a specific metric to determine when it will move forward with reopening the building.

 

While public browsing will not be permitted, residents will still be able to utilize the library's services. According to Newell, the library is expanding its contact-free pickup hours from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday and from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Additionally, the library is planning to increase the number of computer appointments available beginning November 30.

Mobile printing will continue to be available for those who would like to pick up their prints during contact-free pickup. For more information contact Emporia Public Library by calling 620-340-6462 or by visiting Emporialibrary.org.

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