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COVID-19: Information for Oregon Libraries: Reopening Guidance

Resources about the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) epidemic for those working in Oregon libraries

Reopening Guidance For Libraries

Building a Safe & Strong Oregon: A Science-Driven Framework for Reopening Oregon

The Oregon Governor has issued this general guidance for reopening under Phase 1-2.

Statewide Reopening Guidance: Specific Guidance for Libraries

In consultation with the Governor's Office and the Oregon library community, the State Library of Oregon has created this additional guidance for libraries.

Use these recommendations and the resources listed below to assist with reopening planning. School libraries will also want to consult the Oregon Department of Education’s, Ready Schools, Safe Learner: Guidance for the 2020-21 School Year. Academic libraries will also want to consult the Higher Education Education Commission's, Guidance for the Conduct of In-Person Instructional, Residential, and Research Activities at Oregon Colleges and Universities.

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Questions to Consider

How are public spaces being changed to allow for current public health guidelines to be met? Have you consulted with local public health and other officials to determine any local rules or practices?

How are you communicating your safety guidelines to patrons? How will you monitor compliance or address non-compliant behavior?

How do your patrons know what library services they can access during this time?

Have library web pages, brochures, social media, Google been updated to reflect new service hours?

Are library systems updated to reflect new loan periods, holds, or other new/revised policies?

Will virtual programming started when library building was closed continue at the same level when staff return to building?

Cleaning and Supplies
Public Spaces


Questions to Consider

What materials handling strategies have been implemented to minimize potential transmission?

Does the library have a sufficient inventory of cleaning and safety supplies to maintain services?

What supplies are needed to maintain quarantined materials (bins, book trucks, etc.)?

What check in/check out procedures will be used when moving materials in and out of quarantine?




Questions to Consider

How will staff work schedules be altered to adjust to changes to public hours?

Do library workers who interact with other staff and the public have the equipment, space, and training needed to safely interact with others?

Are you providing training for your staff on your safety guidelines?

Have library policies been reviewed or updated to reflect changed services?

To whom should questions about safety be referred?

Is there a process for adjusting policies and procedures as issues arise?

Have you met with other departments or agencies that share space (meeting rooms, staff break rooms, etc.) with the library to review guidelines and use policies?



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