Pickerington Public Library facilities reopening Monday, July 6

As we eagerly move into the next phase of reopening to welcome the community back into our buildings, we want to assure you that we are following recommendations from local and state health officials to provide a healthy environment for our staff and community. We are all in this together!

Library Service reminders:

Mobile app is available for our customers: Download and set up your account now so your library card is always with you. This will help with managing your library account and provides low-touch check out when visiting the library. To access, search for “Pickerington Public Library” in your device’s app store and download. Enter your library card and PIN to access materials and library resources.

Material pickup: No-touch curbside pickup is still available at both locations. Log in to your library account to manage your holds. Wait for your notification letting you know which items are ready. Pull up to the curbside signs and follow the instructions. Not quite sure what you want? Our staff is prepared to make selections for you. Inside holds are no longer self-serve; please see staff for assistance.

Lockers: Locker hold pickups will return to three days.

Returning items: Outside and inside returns are open and available for items. Items returned will be quarantined for 72 hours before being checked in and removed from library accounts. Special item return is located inside the library for the following: hotspots, launchpads, teacher kits, book kits, and nature backpacks.

Summer Reading: Imagine Your Story!  Our in-person classes and events have transformed into virtual events for the time being. These can be found through our social media sites and website’s calendar of events. Track reading, get book recommendations, complete missions, and play mini-games on READsquared, our virtual reading platform, available via both app and web browser. Pick up prizes and grab bags through curbside or in the library after July 6. There is still plenty of time to sign up and participate! Summer reading runs through August 8.

What to expect when you get here:

There are a number of changes inside the physical buildings. Limited seating is available and is set up for social distancing. A maximum of two people is permitted per table. Some areas in the buildings are closed, blocked or restricted, as indicated by signs in the area. Meeting rooms are closed and no date has yet been set to reopen them. Drinking fountains and vending are not available. At Pickerington Main, the family restroom located in the Youth Services department will be open for use; as well as one restroom at Sycamore Plaza. Please ask staff for assistance to access restrooms.

Business Services: Protocols have been put in place for staff to safely assist customers in the business center. Copy/Fax/Print stations will be open. Computers are limited and set up with social distancing in mind. Laptops will be available at Sycamore Plaza; staff will assist with setup. Notary and Proctor services will resume at both locations with appointments.

Youth Services: All toys and computers have been removed to reduce the risk of infection.

What will be asked of our customers when they arrive:

  • Please wear a mask.
  • Maintain social distancing.
  • Use hand sanitizer as needed.
  • If you are unwell, please stay home.
  • Place unwanted items on specially marked carts.

You are welcome to browse and borrow from our collection of books, magazines, games, DVDs and other items. Please remember as you browse, do not re-shelve items; specially marked carts will be available to place unwanted items.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we navigate to open safely and welcome our community back into our buildings.

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Pickerington Public Library facilities reopening Monday, July 6

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  COVID-19 UPDATE:  All Pickerington Public Library locations are following the color levels approved by the Library Board of Trustees. Orange level: Library is open to browse and borrow all materials. Curbside service available. By appointment or reservation: Computers, study tables and business center. Conference rooms. In-person notary and proctoring. Virtual technology trainer appointments. Virtual events and classes. What to know when you arrive: Limited restroom access. *Safety protocols in place; masks required, no food or drink allowed.
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