COVID-19

   

      The Findlay-Hancock County Public Library reopened to the public on Monday, June 15, 2020 at 11 a.m., following guidance from the Ohio and Hancock County Departments of Health.
    Hours for the Main Library are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.  The library is closed on Sunday.  Curbside pickup will still be available by calling the library at 419-422-1712 to schedule an appointment.  The Arlington Branch Library is open Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The library is closed on Sunday.  Curbside appointments at the Arlington Branch can be scheduled by calling 419-365-5755.  We ask patrons at both locations to reserve the first hour of the day for at risk community members, including individuals 65 years and older and those with underlying medical conditions.
     Meeting room spaces are currently unavailable.  Reservations for those spaces are not being accepted at this time.  However, the library will continue to offer virtual programs, book clubs and book recommendations on our Facebook page.

The library asks patrons visiting us to observe the following:

- Patrons are asked to observe social distancing and keep at least six feet away from other people.

-Hand sanitizer will be available for patron use, and the library asks that upon entry to the building, patrons use it before handling any library materials.

-Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

-Patrons are required to wear a face covering per the Governor's Order.  

-If you or someone you live with is sick, please take advantage of curbside pickup service in lieu of coming into the library.

-Limited public computers will be available for patrons to use with a 60-minute time limit.  Patrons are encouraged to make a reservation for computer use to ensure there is a computer available upon arrival. 

-There will be a limited number of patrons allowed in the library at one time in order to comply with social distancing guidelines. Visitors are asked to limit their time in the library to 30 minutes, unless using a public computer.

Library Staff will be observing the following protocols for the safety of our community:

- Library employees will wear face coverings.

-Employee temperatures will be checked daily as part of daily health assessments allowing employees to self-evaluate if they are well.

-Employees will sanitize and wash their hands frequently.

-Employees will clean and sanitize workplaces and frequently touched surfaces throughout the day.  The building will be sanitized nightly.

-Materials returned to the library will be quarantined for 96 hours.  Please allow extra time for items to be checked in and removed from your account.

   Please contact the library at 419-422-1712 for any questions. 
 


 

list of rules with photos of thermometers and facemasks


 


                                                                                   CURBSIDE SERVICE WILL REMAIN AVAILABLE

     The Findlay-Hancock County Public Library will continue to offer curbside service during business hours at the Main Branch and at the Arlington Branch.   See the diagram below on how to take advantage of this great service.  

     The library is following the latest guidelines available regarding safe handling of library material. Those currently includes a 96-hour quarantine on returned material, based on recommendations from the CDC and Hancock Public Health. Please expect a short delay on these returned items being cleared from your library account. The library continues to be fine free for overdue materials.

 


curbside instructions with card driving to library

   


                                                                                          FAQ'S ON RE-OPENING

1. What is happening to my holds? You can now call 419-422-1712 to make a curbside reservation to pick up your holds that you've been advised are ready for pick up, or visit us in person to pick up your holds.  Holds are no longer on the shelves beside the checkout desk.  The Magazine Room has been converted to house your holds, but is for staff only.  Go to the doorway of the room, and a staff member will be happy to retrieve your holds.  Please remember that you may be waiting much longer than normal for your holds, as the statewide delivery system is just getting back up and running.  

2. Can I still borrow online materials? Yes! We encourage patrons to check out our eMedia, and online Reference collection, as well as our physical collection.

3. I don't have a library card...can I borrow online materials without one? You cannot borrow materials without a card, but we'd be happy to issue you one when you visit us or click HERE for a digital card.  

4. I received a text or e-mail about my items. Does that mean they're ready for pickup?  Not always, so please read any texts or emails carefully, as some are asking if you wish to continue to leave items on hold, or want the hold lifted.  

5. Why is the book a returned days ago still on my account?  Material is kept in quarantine for 96 hours, so it will take several days for it to be reflected on your account that it was returned.  No worries though, we are fine free!  

6. Are you accepting donations?   Beginning Thursday, July 23, we will resume accepting book and DVD/CD donations, however, we will not be accepting magazine donations quite yet.  If you have donations, please go to the parking garage located at the rear of the library, and place your items in the cart provided.  Please do not place any magazines on this cart.  If you have a large donation and need help, please call 419-422-1712 for assistance.  Thank you for your generosity! 

7. Can I reserve a room for a meeting?  Sorry, not yet.  We are using those areas to quarantine library material at this time.  This is anticipated to last at least the rest of this year.  

8. What if I have other questions? Please call us at 419-422-1712
 


STATE OF OHIO INFORMATION

COVID-19 OHIO DASHBOARD


GUIDE TO CHILDREN'S RESOURCES

Click here for resources related to the Coronavirus for kids
Click here for some family-friendly virtual exhibits for Online learning and fun
Click here for Educational resources for at-home learning
Click here for Virtual Storytime



GUIDE TO ONLINE RESOURCES

New to the library's online collection?

Click here for instructions using Lynda.com
Click here for some of the library's Educational Resources


LOCAL/COMMUNITY RESOURCES

Findlay/Hancock County Food Resources

Hancock Public Health

Hancock Helps

Hancock County Chamber of Commerce 

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