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Staunton and Augusta Libraries Announce Limited Reopening

Limited public access will resume for all library facilities in Staunton and Augusta County on April 26

Staunton and Augusta Libraries Announce Limited Reopening

What: Limited public access will resume for all library facilities in Staunton and Augusta County

When: Monday, April 26

More Info:

APRIL 12, 2021 — Public libraries in Staunton and Augusta County will reopen for Grab & Go services starting Monday, April 26, allowing limited in-person services to resume while following safety precautions consistent with guidance issued by the federal and state governments.  Curbside pick-up service will still be available, and the public is encouraged to continue to use this service in addition to the libraries’ digital collections as the safest methods to access library services and resources.

Staunton Public Library will be open Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Full operating details are available at StauntonLibrary.org.

Augusta County’s Main Library in Fishersville will be open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The full schedule for outlying branch libraries and location-specific services is available here: www.augustacountylibrary.org/locations-and-hours.

For the protection of the public and employees, the following safety protocols will be implemented:

  • No one with a fever or symptoms of COVID-19, or known exposure to a COVID-19 case in the prior 14 days, is permitted to enter.
  • Visitors are expected to comply with Virginia’s Executive Order 72, which requires that all patrons aged 5 and over must wear a mask that covers their mouth and nose when inside a local government building.
  • Visitors are expected to maintain physical distancing of at least six feet from others at all times.

The libraries are asking patrons to make their visits brief and limit time spent in the facilities. Visitors can “Grab & Go” by using the library catalog in advance and placing holds to have materials pulled and waiting. Library staff will continue to offer personalized reading suggestions and displays to help patrons select materials quickly. The online library catalog can be accessed at www.ValleyLibraries.org.

A limited number of public computers will be available and sessions will be limited in length. Printing, copying, and faxing will be available. When possible, visitors are encouraged to use a library’s wi-fi network from the parking lot in the safety of a vehicle.

To encourage proper safety protocols, visitors will see some adjustments to the facility including:

  • Sneeze guards at public service desks
  • Floor markings to help visitors maintain six-foot physical distance from others
  • Limited seating options
  • Reduction in the number of internet computers available
  • Closure of meeting space and other rooms as deemed necessary

 About Staunton Public Library

The mission of the Staunton Public Library is to acquire, organize, and provide access and guidance to a wide variety of information and materials which help to fulfill the intellectual, educational, social and recreational needs of all the people in the city.

About Augusta County Library

The Augusta County Library provides a welcoming gathering place with convenient access to information, experiences, and materials for the benefit of all members of the community. It serves residents at seven locations around the county: Churchville, Craigsville, Deerfield, Fishersville, Middlebrook, Stuarts Draft, and Weyers Cave.

Media Contacts:

Staunton Public Library

1 Churchville Ave.

Staunton, VA 24401

 

Sarah Skrobis

skrobissa@ci.staunton.va.us

540.332.3902

 

Augusta County Library

1759 Jefferson Hwy.

Fishersville, VA 22939

 

Dr. Jennifer Brown

jbrown@augustacountylibrary.org

540.885.3961