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Posted on: April 23, 2021

WCPLS Facilities Operations Updates as of April 23

Yes we're open and safer than ever. Masks are required in all County Facilities.

The Williamson County Public Library System is OPEN with preventive measures in place due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  Please read on to learn about these changes...

 Our College Grove Branch will not reopen and only offers Holds-2-Go.  

Holds-2-Go curbside service is available at all Library Branches. 

  • Main Library in Franklin in the morning, Monday to Saturday, from 8:30-10.   
  • Fairview and Nolensville offer curbside services, Monday to Saturday, from 9-10
  • Bethesda and Leiper’s Fork Branches offer curbside service Tuesday to Friday, from 10-11 and on Saturdays from 9-10.   

Patrons may enter the Main Library in Franklin: Monday-Thursday from 10 to 7, Fridays and Saturdays from 10-5:30, and Sundays 1-5:30.  All other Branches except College Grove are open pre-pandemic hours of operation.

Face masks are required in all County facilities per the most recent guidance from the County Mayor's Office. Face masks are to cover from the nose to the chin and are not to be removed during your Library visit for the protection of staff and other visitors.  Exemptions to this requirement will be in accordance with the previous public health declarations.

Some Library Branches and areas of the Main Library have a smaller occupancy level due to the size of their Branch and Departments.  Everyone should continue to social distance up to a minimum of 6 feet from persons that one does not live with in all areas.

Library patrons have access to all public areas of the facility excluding the Meeting Room, Activity Room, and Learning Center.  These areas are in use by the Library for quarantining materials and furniture storage. Visitors should look online at the Library website for their materials so they can quickly locate and borrow them. 

Other changes include:

*It is recommended that visits be limited to one (1) hour. This time limit may be enforced in smaller spaces at the Main Library and at our Branch Libraries to mitigate the risk of Covid-19 spread and to enable usage by a greater number of our community members.

*Meeting rooms are currently being used by the Library and not available for bookings.

*Directional signage for moving about the Library is posted on shelves and other areas.

*Library personnel are wearing face masks and/or face shields.   Library personnel are  working behind plexiglass shields while working at service desks. The public is not allowed on the staff side of the service desk and plexiglass.

* 6-foot distance markers are on the floor at the service desks.

*Staff will look up materials and provide call numbers for the public. Patrons may look for the books themselves or stay at the desk while a staffer retrieves the materials.

*6-8 computers are available on the second floor of the Main Library.  

*Cleaning of the high-touch areas occurs throughout the day.

*Seating is reduced to allow for social distancing.

*Suspension of face-to-face services such as story times, exam proctoring, notary service, and one-on-one assistance at the computers.  Please visit the website to find services that have moved online at http://wcpltn.org. 

*The train table in the Children’s Department and other interactive activities are stored away.

*AWE stations in the Children’s Department are unavailable. 

*Food and drink are not allowed in Library facilities.

*Water fountains are unavailable.

All materials are available on Library shelves after a 3-day quarantine. Patrons should take appropriate precautions in handling items.  After consideration of the new CDC study and guidelines regarding surface transmission of the virus, http://ow.ly/iHqT50Evygh,  Sunday, April 25, will be the last day Library materials go into quarantine. Quarantined materials  will be added back into collection as their 3 day quarantine ends.

Patrons should use caution in handling magazines and newspapers as we cannot guarantee that there has been no prior use due to the open shelving. The Library does not have gloves to provide.  These items are not quarantined.  Online magazines are available via the free Flipster app and the Tennessee READS apps, Overdrive or Libby, plus they can be accessed via computer in the eLibrary.

The Williamson County Public Library System continues to expand digital offerings such as virtual Facetime Live Story Times, online programming, and virtual Reference appointments.  Updates are also available by subscribing to your Branch’s online newsletter, https://www.wcpltn.org/277/Newsletter-Sign-Up, and by following WCPLtn on Twitter and Facebook.  Further announcements regarding changes of hours and in services will be made via these channels.

UPDATES:

04.23.2021 added italicized statement regarding the end of quarantining Library materials. Changed 'restrictions' in first statement to 'preventative measures are in place".

04.19.2021 removed references to screening room, internal book drop unavailability, facility patronage limit, and how to enter the Main Library.  Added information about social distancing.

03.01.2021 updated to reflect end of County mask mandate and to inform about current practices.

02.01.2021 updated to reflect current practices.

12.01.2020 changed 'with limitations' to 'with restrictions'.

11.02.2020 to reflect the new hours of operation.

10.26.2020 to reflect the new Declaration of Public Health Emergency and stress how to wear a mask plus keeping a mask on while in the Library.

10.13.2020 to reflect changes to Saturday hours and add information regarding masks in County facilities. Slight edits that did not change the main message such as "will be" to "is".

10.08.2020 to reflect changes to Saturday hours, and information about the meeting room. Slight edits that did not change the main message such as "will be" to "is".

09.19.2020 changed patronage from 50 to 75. Took out reference to Williamson County Executive Order 54. Replaced with county facility mask requirement. Branch hours updated. Upcoming change to Main Library hours on Saturdays noted.

07.13.2020 to include information and a link to the Williamson County Executive order requiring face masks.

06.26.2020 to include  Saturday hours and Bethesda and Leiper’s Fork hours changes.

06.17.2020 to reflect changes regarding public computer access and quarantining of newspapers and magazines.

06.15.2020 to reflect changing of hours, Library2Go status, and face mask changes.


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