[Libs-Or] FW: Public Library response to COVID-19 (at this moment....)

Mark Watson mrwatson at uoregon.edu
Mon Mar 16 10:58:45 PDT 2020

Library Colleagues:

The University of Oregon Libraries will begin restricting access to its facilities to members of the campus community very shortly.   The restricted access is necessary to ensure that we are able to maintain as safe an environment as possible for the students that must remain on campus.  Thanks for your understanding.



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From: Libs-Or <libs-or-bounces at listsmart.osl.state.or.us> On Behalf Of Nathaniel Elder
Sent: Monday, March 16, 2020 8:20 AM
To: Su Liudahl <opalsu at gmail.com>
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Subject: Re: [Libs-Or] Public Library response to COVID-19 (at this moment....)

Here's a partial list of university libraries that are still open.


On Sat, Mar 14, 2020 at 2:59 PM Su Liudahl <opalsu at gmail.com<mailto:opalsu at gmail.com>> wrote:
For this to help flatten the curve we *must* close all gathering places--especially now that kids will be out of school. I think we should have done this over a week ago--but because of the lack of testing and "hoax mentality," we had no way to justify making that kind of decision.

We were open yesterday for people to stock up on materials and closed as of today through as long as schools are closed (far more than two weeks, I imagine). We will probably allow some pickup of materials (call us when outside, we open the door and set the bag of materials on the ground) and will deliver to others who are house-bound (knock on the door, leave on the porch). All with careful procedures to make sure materials aren't spreading the virus, of course!


Su Liudahl
Library Director
Creswell Library / Lane Library District
64 West Oregon Avenue
PO Box 366
Creswell, Oregon  97426
(541) 895-3053

On Fri, Mar 13, 2020 at 5:36 PM Jane Corry <jcorryola at gmail.com<mailto:jcorryola at gmail.com>> wrote:
My brother sent me this picture of his neighborhood library in Seattle today, on the last day it’s open.[cid:170db0996374211b0811]

On Mar 13, 2020, at 10:41 AM, John Hunter <John.Hunter at ci.woodburn.or.us<mailto:John.Hunter at ci.woodburn.or.us>> wrote:

In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus, and following along with the Governor’s statewide containment efforts, the City of Woodburn is closing the Aquatic Center and Public Library.  These closures will be effective Saturday, March 14 and will last until April 1. The decision to reopen these facilities on April 1 will be re-evaluated during the closure.

Library users: While the building will be closed, you can still access e-books and digital audiobooks through our Overdrive collection at Library2Go, and access the online catalog to view your account. Library users are encouraged to suspend their existing requests for materials (i.e. “holds”) or modify the pick-up location to neighboring CCRLS libraries. This can be done online or by calling 503-982-5262.

Library2Go link: https://library2go.overdrive.com/<https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/library2go.overdrive.com/__;!!C5qS4YX3!QjVNES0piBxlCHAE0FJcRiBnuJdWonNskCQb_g7gQ3binENzLC_B6tG4-OShNf9Jgg$>
Online catalog link: https://catalog.ccrls.org/<https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/catalog.ccrls.org/__;!!C5qS4YX3!QjVNES0piBxlCHAE0FJcRiBnuJdWonNskCQb_g7gQ3binENzLC_B6tG4-OQvfNrQEw$>

The City prioritizes the health of our community with the utmost importance and appreciates your understanding during this time.

John Hunter, MLIS
Woodburn Public Library Manager
503-982-5259 w | 503-982-5258 f

From: Libs-Or <libs-or-bounces at listsmart.osl.state.or.us<mailto:libs-or-bounces at listsmart.osl.state.or.us>> On Behalf Of KRIST OBRIST
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Subject: [Libs-Or] Public Library response to COVID-19 (at this moment....)

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Good Day,

This is such a fluid, rapidly changing environment we find ourselves in. While we want to be here and available for our patrons we need to consider all angles of this complex global event. What are your plans regarding programming and your open hours for a 2 week and/or 4 week period?

In light of the Governor's closing schools as of Monday it seems prudent to cancel library programming.

What are your plans in regards to keeping your doors open?

Considerations -

  *   kids out of school may equal more kids visiting the library (usually a good thing).
  *   Often people come to the library when they're sick (and/or bring their sick children).
  *   Vulnerable populations - eldery, immune compromised, etc. - regularly visit the library.
  *   We have so many touch points - doors, computers, books, dvds, magazines, newspapers, furniture, etc.
  *   Staff handles a lot of material and directly handles items patrons hand them.
Our City, as I am certain all other city's and governing boards, are brainstorming and planning. This conversation may help in those planning activities.


Oh, and as of this moment in time we have not yet 'officially' cancelled programs, but I am fairly certain that will happen shortly. We are looking at how we address our open hours to the public to best help slow down the growth of this virus There has been one Officially tested positive case in our county (Polk) which to me indicates there are many more positive cases that have not been tested since they are not testing everyone

Thanks again...Krist

Krist Obrist, Library Director
Monmouth Public Library
168 Ecols St. S., Monmouth, OR 97361
503-751-0193 || Facebook: MonmouthPublicLibrary
kobrist at ci.monmouth.or.us<mailto:kobrist at ci.monmouth.or.us>

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