Library Services During Covid-19
The Putnam County Public Library has unveiled new protocols for library services during Covid-19. These protocols will more closely tie the library’s procedures to the Indiana State Health Department and Putnam County Health Department testing data for Covid-19.
Beginning on Monday, February 1, the library will tie its Covid-19 procedures to the advisory level of Putnam County. Each Monday, the library will change its service offerings to match the advisory level of the county.
The statuses that correspond to the color-coded advisory level are as follows:
BLUE. Masks & Social Distancing Required
YELLOW. Limited Public Seating
ORANGE. Grab & Go Service
RED. Lobby Only Service
Featured Library Services
Library Reopening Guide
by Library Admin
The Putnam County Public Library will enter Phase Two of the library’s reopening plan on Monday, June 15. On that date, the library’s staff will return to regular work, the library will resume normal business hours, and limited services will be offered and expanded.
Return To Normal Business Hours
The library will reopen and return to normal business hours on Monday, June 15. Library business hours are:
Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
Friday & Saturday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Open Areas: Library Lobby & Computer Lab
The library will reopen two areas of the building: the library lobby and the library’s computer lab. The library computer lab is available by appointment. The library lobby is open for materials pick-up, OPAC use, and print/copy/fax services. Please use the Carnegie entrance for computer lab use and the front entrance for library lobby use.
The library’s bookshelves, the Imagination Portal, and library meeting rooms will remain closed to the public.
Please wear a mask when inside the library building. If you are unable to wear a mask, please consider our Curbside Service.
Library Computer Access
The library is excited to announce the reopening of the library’s computer lab! Library computers will be available by appointment during normal business hours. There is a limit of six patrons at a time in the computer lab and an hour limit for computer use.
If you’d like to know more, or if you’d like to make an appointment, please click here.
Archives Research Appointments
The library’s Archives Department is available for research appointments. Please email [email protected] to schedule an appointment.
Excited to pick-up books from the library, but don’t know what you want to read? Never fear! The library’s Youth Services department understands how difficult it can be to choose books for your little ones and are now offering Book Bundles!
Book Bundles can be collected by subject and by age. A youth librarian will choose materials for your bundle, based on your request, and have them ready for pick-up at the circulation desk or for Curbside Service.
To add a Book Bundle to your order, please email [email protected] or call 765-653-2755 ext. 7173.
Make & Take Crafts
Each week, the Youth Services staff will prepare a NEW Make & Take Craft kit. These kits can be requested with your Curbside/Pickup order. Visit us each week for a new craft!
Summer Reading Club
The library’s Summer Reading Club is on! Beginning June 15, the library will host its annual Summer Reading Club.
Reading programs are available for all ages, and there will be prizes awarded to everyone who finishes their challenge!
Learn more about the reading challenges here.
As the library moves through our planned stages of reopening, we will continue to add and expand to our services. Make sure to check back often for updates and announcements. If you have any questions or need help using our services, please call the library at 765-653-2755.
Library Coronavirus Updates
by Library Admin
As many of you have learned by now, Putnam County has now moved to level “Red” on the state’s COVID dashboard. This is especially troubling considering that numbers are predicted to increase in the coming weeks due to a post holiday surge. In order to respond to this trend, we are going to make the following changes to our operations.
-All meeting rooms will be closed to outside groups, persons, or organizations.
-The number of public computers will be reduced to two with time limits strictly enforced. Use of these computers will be scheduled by appointment with walk-ins considered when times are available.
-We will be strictly limiting direct staff help to patrons in instances where six feet of social distance cannot be maintained.
As is the case each time we reduce our level of access or service, it is regrettable. I also expect the constant reevaluation to continue in the days and weeks ahead. I can only say that each of these changes is made with the goal of keeping our staff and our patrons as safe as possible while still providing service to our community.
Matt McClelland, Library Director
Putnam County Community,
Hopefully this will be my last COVID related update for some time. Our library will soon (by 7/4/2020) be shifting to Phase 3 of our reopening plan. I think all us will be excited to talk less about phases and stages and more about the services that we offer the community in coming weeks. However, that optimism does not mean that we can afford to completely let our guard down. As we have seen in other states, the threat of COVID is only controlled by our response to it. Thus far Indiana has done an admirable job in flattening the curve of the pandemic, but in order to maintain that progress we must remain vigilant. While the library will soon more closely resemble what we are all used to, certain protocols will need to remain in place for the foreseeable future. Protocols that may impact the public are the following:
-We will still be strongly recommending that you join every staff member and wear a mask or face shield in the public areas. Staff members have also been instructed to maintain proper social distancing from our patrons. Study after study shows that these are the most effective things each of us can do to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
–Curbside and remote services will still be offered for those who prefer it. I encourage you to do so.
-We will still be quarantining items and requiring you to place returns in the book drops instead of giving them to staff. The quarantine period on most items will be 72 hours while magazines and newspapers will be 24 hours. This represents the best practices from the research we have seen.
-The Kiwanis meeting room will be limited to smaller groups. All other confined meeting spaces (i.e. Rotary room and study rooms) will remain closed or be used to quarantine items.
-Certain areas of the library may have capacity restrictions or limited access.
-Indoor programs will be limited in size.
-The library will close for a period of at least 72 hours in the event of a positive COVID-19 test. This would be to prevent further spread in both patrons and staff (many of whom are in at-risk categories). Until research proves otherwise, we will rely on the passage of time as the most reliable way to sanitize items and the building.
While all of us would like to put the COVID outbreak behind us, we are not quite there yet. Until we are, I ask that each of you do your part and help us do our part in meeting these challenging times. Judging by the patience you have shown through all of this, I have no doubt you will.
Matt McClelland, Library Director
Putnam County Community,
By now many of you have seen or are familiar with the
details of the Governor’s plan to get Indiana back on track. While this does
not mean that things are going to be back to normal any time soon, it does mean
that myself, the library board, and our great staff are excited to increase the
services that the library can offer. At our last meeting, the board voted to
implement a phased plan of library services once changes to the stay at home
order were announced by the Governor.
Pending any change in circumstances on the ground, the
library staff will be permitted back in the building on Monday, May 11th.
During that week we will be making sure the staff has adequate PPE, technology
to work remotely if they can, processing returns and mail, and putting the
finishing touches on a plan to offer curbside and remote services.
My hope is that we can offer contact-free curbside pickup on
a limited number of books and DVDs, emergency computer use for essential
business, and remote/phone access to the other library departments by Monday,