Wood County District Public Library Reopening. Phase 1: July 7, 2020, Express Service & Hours
When will the library reopen?
During the pandemic, WCDPL embraced a “Slow and Steady Wins the Race” strategy for keeping library users and employees safe and healthy. For longer than anyone initially anticipated, the buildings have been closed to library patrons.
Now, with protocols defined in consultation with the Wood County Health Department, WCDPL is ready—and very happy—to welcome you back into our buildings.
We remain guided by the “Slow and Steady Wins the Race” mindset. WCDPL’s reopening will be phased-in. We will continue to proceed with caution and with concern for the safety and health of library visitors and staff foremost in our minds.
Hours, occupancy, and visit durations will be limited and all visitors will be required to wear masks.
WCDPL’s reopening to the public begins Tuesday, July 7. The library reopens with Express Services and hours which have been designed for convenience, safety, and efficiency during your library visit.
What are WCDPL’s hours?
- Bowling Green and Walbridge building hours
- Sundays, Mondays, & Thursdays: buildings closed.
- Tuesdays: 11 am – 3 pm.
- Wednesdays: 3 – 7 pm.
- Fridays: 1 - 5 pm.
- Saturdays: 10 am – 1 pm.
- NOTE: The first hour of each open day is reserved strictly for those aged 60 and older, and for anyone who is immunocompromised.
- Curbside Pick-up
- Bowling Green: Monday – Friday, 9 am – 6 pm.
- Walbridge: Monday – Thursday, 10 am – 6 pm.
When will the Bookmobile resume operation?
- The Bookmobile is off the road for the foreseeable future, since there is no way to observe safe social distancing, to wash hands, or maintain effective cleaning and sanitizing of its interior.
- Bookmobile patrons are asked to return any library materials borrowed to the nearest, convenient Wood County library.
- If you are unable to return your items to a library book drop, call the Bookmobile Office at 419-352-5104, ext. 221; or email: Bookmobile@wcdpl.org
- Homebound and home delivery services are possible on a case by case basis at this time. Call the bookmobile office for more information.
What can I expect when visiting the library?
- Face coverings or masks requirement in place
- Properly fitted face coverings or masks must be worn at all times by visitors (age 3 and older) while inside the buildings.
- Occupancy and time restrictions.
- Occupancy limits are set at 25 percent of fire code capacity.
- Bowling Green, 63 people, including staff.
- Walbridge, 19 people, including staff.
- Patrons are currently limited to one visit per day for 30 minutes.
- The library’s Express Services have been put in place to help maximize your time and safety while visiting WCDPL.
- Please respect the safety shields at our service desks; speak through the shields, and not around them.
- Occupancy limits are set at 25 percent of fire code capacity.
- Temporary Code of Conduct. The following procedures for library patrons were defined in a Temporary Code of Conduct that was approved by the Board of Trustees:
- Those who cannot, or will not, wear a mask can still receive WCDPL’s core services, i.e., borrowing materials and reference assistance. Materials may be borrowed through the library’s no-contact curbside pick-up. Reference assistance is available via telephone, email, webpage chat, or fax.
- Groups or family units may not exceed more than 4 people
- All minors 14 and under must be under the direct supervision of an adult, 18 or older, at all times.
- Social distancing (maintaining a distance of 6 feet from others) is required.
- Loitering on library property will not be allowed at any time.
This Temporary Code of Conduct, which supplements WCDPL's Code of Conduct, follows as a downloadable pdf in the attachment at the bottom of this webpage.
Will we be able to play in the castle and Children’s Place?
- Families are welcome to visit the library to browse the book stacks to find books to check out.
- However, the best thing we can do right now for the safety of library staff, library patrons, our family, and your friends is to not congregate together for any significant period of time. The usual practice of the children’s area serving as a play and activity space is not possible at this time.
- The castle is too small to allow for safe social distancing, and so the castle will remain closed.
- All toys have been removed for the foreseeable future, and Children’s Place play areas are closed.
Are computers, printers, and WiFi use available?
- There are a limited number of computers for public use.
- Usage is limited to 30 minutes per individual per day.
- Reservations for computer sessions must be made in advance by calling 419-352-5050 in BG or 419-666-9900 in Walbridge.
- To maintain social distancing, the ability of staff to provide technical assistance is extremely limited for the foreseeable future, and is limited to basic questions through remote desktop assistance.
- Hardware will be cleaned after each use.
- Print and copy services are available on a self-serve basis.
- Staff may not be available to help due social distancing measures.
- Staff cannot make change; please plan on bringing coins and small bills (1s or 5s) for use in library printers.
The library’s free wifi is still available inside its buildings, and extends to a large portion of the parking lots
Will the library resume in-person programs?
- At this time, due to occupancy limits and to observe social distancing protocols, WCDPL will continue to offer only virtual programming through August. In regard to any programs later in the year, we are using a “wait and see” approach.
- For up-to-date information on programs, check out:
- Summer Reading Program, Imagine Your Story, continues with online activities, prize raffles, virtual story times, and virtual Volunteen opportunities.
Where can I return books, movies, and anything else I have checked-out?
- All returned materials must go through a 4-day quarantine. Thus, all returned items must be returned using the 24/7 exterior book returns at each building.
Why are the items I returned still showing as checked out to me?
- WCDPL is still practicing safe materials handling and quarantine practices, and your returned items will remain in quarantine for 4 days
- You will continue to see your items as checked-out while they are in quarantine
May I reserve a meeting room or the Carter House?
Neither the Carter House nor library meeting rooms are available for public use for the foreseeable future. No reservations are being accepted at this time.
Are you accepting book donations?
Unfortunately, WCDPL is unable to accept any donations of books, DVDs, CDs, or other physical materials at this time due to both lack of storage and lack of staff to handle the additional quarantine workload.
Who can I contact with other questions?
- Call us at 419-352-5104 in Bowling Green and 419-666-9900 in Walbridge.
- eMail us at email@example.com
- Submit a question via the library website, wcdpl.org, using either the Contact Us webform, wcdpl.org/contact, or online Chat feature, which may be started from any wcdpl.org webpage
- You may also DM the library from our FaceBook page, facebook.com/wcdpl.org.
Dear WCDPL Library Patrons,
I am amazed that we are in June. It feels like the library just hosted a visit by astronaut Dr. Mae Jemison. However, that happened on March 9 – right before everything closed. Since that time, the library has been re-inventing itself in order to provide library services in the time of a global pandemic.
Our online content has expanded across several platforms such as Libby and Hoopla. We are seeing growing usage of e-books, e-audiobooks, and digital music and movies. We are working to meet local demand by acquiring additional online resources and platforms.
Library programs and story times have moved into the digital realm. Just go to the library webpage or Facebook page to see all of the amazing Fun-Size story times and other videos created by library staff. The team has created a suite of online opportunities for individuals and families to learn and explore.
Our Summer Reading Program, “Imagine Your Story,” has also gone online. Please submit a short video recommending a favorite children’s book. More information is available on the webpage.
On May 18, curbside service began at both the Bowling Green and Walbridge libraries. In the first two weeks of the service, over 700 patrons have borrowed close to 4,000 physical items. We hope the statewide delivery service that shuttles items from library to library will resume delivery in late June.
On June 8, both buildings will begin offering contact-free home delivery of books and other items. This experimental service will run from 1:00pm to 4:00pm weekdays.
The team continues working to prepare the buildings to welcome visitors. We hope to be able to do so at some point in early July. Until then, we will continue to acquire PPE and proper cleaning materials, moving furniture to ensure social distancing, maintaining and expanding digital resources and services, performing enhanced cleaning of facilities, etc.
We thank you for your patience. We also thank you for the many kind words of encouragement shared over the past months via cards, posts, email, and phone. Your support and understanding really help!
Michael Penrod, June 4, 2020