Rolling Meadows Library has reopened to the public as of today, June 1st.
Below please read a letter from our Director, Dave Ruff, as to the current situation.
The Rolling Meadows Library will re-open on Monday, June 1 with the following hours:
Monday 9am – 3pm
Tuesday 2pm – 8pm
Wednesday 9am – 3pm
Thursday 2pm – 8pm
Friday 9am – 3pm
Saturday 9am – 3pm
This gives our patrons some morning, some evening, and some weekend hours. For the time being, we will be running the Library like a grocery store in that there will be no in-house programming, no in-house meetings, no vending machines, no water fountains, and no seating. Using the grocery store model, the collection will be available to patrons to come in, get what they need, but not linger – for now. We do hope to get back to lingering very soon!
There will be very limited computer availability (six in Reference and four in Youth Services) and time-limits will be in place so everyone can share.
All circulation materials will be quarantined for three days as per CDC guidelines before being re-shelved. Circulation has a really nifty “almost no-touch check-out procedure” – you’ll love it! Because they are consumed in the Library and often passed directly to the next patron, print magazines and newspapers will not be available. Instead, we will supply magazines and newspapers in e-format only. We will expand our hours and re-integrate the seating and other services as health and safety restrictions are eased by the State.
Staff and patrons will be wearing masks as per the Governor’s proclamation; therefore, we won’t see each other’s smiles, but know that they are there – we’ve missed you! What you will see are lots of sneeze guards at the desks, and aisle markers & floor decals to remind us to maintain the six-foot social distancing. You’ll also see staff continuously moving through the building to clean surfaces, doorknobs, keyboards, etc.
We have added a significant number of e-materials in all categories and made our West Parking Lot into a Wi-Fi hotspot for patron use. We have also signed contracts to begin streaming some our concerts and other programming. We are implementing a new service to provide e-summer reading programs for children and adults.
We’ll provide more updates as circumstances change. For now, just know that we are eager open our doors to our patrons. WE’RE BACK & WE’VE MISSED YOU!
Rolling Meadows Library