Globe Public Library introduces phased reopening plan


Globe Librarian Adrea Ricke outlined the Globe Public Library’s phased plan for reopening at the Globe Council meeting on Tuesday, July 14. The library is currently in phase one of their plan.

Phase one includes staff working inside the building while the building is not open to the public. All returned items continue to be quarantined for 72 hours per the reopening archives, libraries, and museums (REALM) Information Hub Covid-19 Research Project. Staff members are also busy packing and distributing 100 plus lunches Monday through Friday for area youth.

The next phase includes a curbside reopening where the library will offer materials to patrons without patrons coming into the building. All returned items continue to be quarantined for 72 hours.

Phase three would allow for library by appointment. Patrons will be given one hour time slots, limited to four patrons per slot. Appointments include: Computer use, faxing, self-service copies, browsing the stacks, and assistance from a distance. Again all returned items will continue to be quarantined for 72 hours and the library will undergo frequent cleaning. Masks and social distancing will be required.

Phase four offers a walkthrough reopening. The library will limit the number of people that come in (increasing the number to eight patrons at a time with no appointment necessary). Time limits will remain limited to one hour per patron with frequent cleaning of the library and allowing for the continuation of social distancing. All returned items will continue to be quarantined for 72 hours. Masks are required.

Phase five is a full reopening when gatherings are acceptable. In person programming can begin at this time. Phase five looks to resume normal activities pre-Covid-19.

“The Globe Library will continue to work with the City of Globe on timelines for these phases,” said Ricke. “We work hard to continue to serve the people of Globe.”

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