When the Library Re-Opens Its Doors, Will It Be the Same as Before?
Although our buildings may not be open, the Law Library certainly is! As we have reported here, never before have we been more accessible to more people, more engaged in direct communication with our customers, and more valuable to the people of this county.
Still, we know people want to come back to the physical law library setting they know and love. We do too. But, unfortunately, it will not be the same as before.
As the only free public resource in the county to provide access to legal resources, we have to make sure that everyone who wants to access onsite materials has their turn. That means we will have to limit each person to spending only 45 minutes in the library at a time. To guarantee access, we will have an appointment system that ensures your entry at the time you choose so you will not be turned away at the door. It will be a very different experience.
Due to social distancing rules, we won’t be holding classes and programs in the libraries. The book stacks will be closed to non-staff to help prevent contagion and transmission of the virus. Just as your local Trader Joe’s limits the number of people who may enter at one time, so will we. To maintain a safe distance from other patrons, only one or two people may safely sit at a reading room table, which cuts down on available research space. A limited number of computers will be available. Patrons and staff must wear masks and gloves and Law Library services will be conducted behind plexiglass barriers.
But remember, although our building may not be open or are restricted, your friendly neighborhood reference librarians are just a phone call, email, or statewide chat away! We have waived document delivery fees so we can provide any documents your can’t access online. And, if you would like even more updates from us, please follow us on Facebook and Twitter!