COVID-19

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the HPL has made changes to its mode of operations.  We thank you for your understanding during these very unusual times.  If you have any questions whatsoever, please don’t hesitate to first call us at 515-332-1925.  We’re here to help you and keep you safe!  Here is a list of the current changes:

CODE BLUE

Code blue represents a partial level of service.  The library is offering quick 15-minute browsing sessions and 30-minute computer sessions; the Library is open to patrons on stated days and times with a limited number of patrons in the building at a time.  Masks are recommended.  Curbside service remains active during all hours, too.

FACILITIES

Library is open to patrons for 15-minute browsing and copying/faxing/printing services along with 30-minute computer sessions; curbside pickup remains active during all regular hours:

  • Monday – Friday:  10:00 – 5:30   Open for 15-minute browsing and copying/faxing/printing services and 30-minute computer use.  Masks are recommended.
  • Curbside Only:  Monday:  5:30 – 7:30
  • Curbside Only:  Saturday:  9:00 – 2:30
  • Curbside is also available during all open hours, too.

Limited time in library:  15-minute browsing and 30-minute computer use.  Masks are recommended.

Computer use: A limited number of computers are open due to social distancing; computer use is limited to 30-minute sessions and once per day.  Time limit may be increased at staff’s discretion if patron is working on a time sensitive website.  Staff is offering no computer assistance.

The library is not a gathering place.  This is noted with signage on doors and stairwells.

There may be guidelines in place for the number of people allowed in the library as set forth by government officials.

Fines are waived during this time.

Restrooms are closed to the public.

COLLECTIONS

All materials are available for check-out and will be held 24 – 72 hours for cleaning upon return before check-in.

Number of items checked out will be determined by staff.

ILL is available but may take longer.

Fines continue to be waived.

Newspapers and magazines are unavailable for reading in the library due to browsing only.

PROGRAMS/MEETING ROOM

Springvale Room is unavailable.

SERVICES

Library is open on designated days/time.

Browsing only – 15-minute walking library; computers are limited to 30-minute sessions.  Masks are recommended.

Patrons may need to wait outside library if library is at capacity.

Faxing, printing and copying is completed by staff.  This service may be limited during open hours.  If done during curbside-only hours, the service may be limited to staff’s availability and patrons will be asked to remain outside of library while staff completes service.  Turn around time for these services may take 24 business hours.  Patrons may be given a time when they can pick up their copies, etc.  Payment is arranged and submitted during drop-off.

A limited number of computers will be available during stated stated open hours.  Computer use will be limited to 30-minute sessions, once per day.  Staff will not be available for computer assistance.  Mouse and keyboard will be wiped down after each session by staff.

Curbside pick-up may take longer during open hours as staff is covering circulation.

The elevator has established guidelines:  only those from the same family unit/group can use the elevator at the same times as it is not large enough for distancing guidelines.

Restrooms are not open to the public.

Looking forward:

This plan covers a variety of levels of service based on anticipated changes to the regulatory environment.  Although, like all plans, this one may likely require modifications due to unpredictable circumstances.  Once local public health, City Officials, the Library Board, Iowa Government and/or the State Library have provided more guidance, we will be eager to lift the remaining restrictions and resume normal service.

Effective 03/29/2021

We thank you for your understanding during these very unusual times.  If you have any questions whatsoever, please don’t hesitate to first call us at 515-332-1925.  We’re here to help you and keep you safe!

 

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