Local Libraries re-open in July, with modifications

CMRLS recently announced the reopening of the libraries included in its' jurisdiction, including the Pearl, Richland and Florence libraries. In that regard they have also announced special modifications to their standard operating procedures in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

There will be new limited hours. Hours may vary between branches, so CMRLS recommends contacting libraries directly by phone or email to discuss the specifics.

Patrons of library facilities, by order of the State of Mississippi and the CMRLS Board of Trustees, must: answer a series of health-related questions; wear a mask; wash and sanitize hands prior to or immediately upon entry to a library; stay a minimum of six feet away from other patrons and employees and move any items touched to the “designated area.”

Regarding returning library items, the book drop is now open. All due dates were extended to September 30, and therefore no overdue fines will accrue. Returned items will remain on a patrons account in quarantine for a one week period (without counting toward overdue penalties) before being made available to library members to check out.

There will be a limit to the number of patrons who can occupy the library at one time to maintain social distancing guidelines. It is critical that, upon entry to any CMRLS facility, all signs and designated floor markings be adhered to. Curbside services will continue to be an option.

Computer use will be available in a limited capacity, to maintain a space of six feet between each and will be sanitized between users. Patrons are asked to reserve thirty minute sessions, one person per computer.

CMRLS will continue virtual programming via CMRLS.Libraries on Facebook. For a schedule of programs and events, visit www.cmrls.lib.ms.us . To contact a local branch call 601-932-2562 for the Pearl Library, 601-932-1846 for the Richland Library and 601-845-6032 for the Florence Library. To contact via email, the CMRLS customer service email is custsvc@cmrls.lib.ms.us.

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