Please note: Due to the COVID Pandemic, our operating hours and procedures have changed. Please see the letter below.
June 13, 2021
Dear FCGSC Member,
We are pleased to announce that our library will reopen for patron use on Wednesdays from 1-5 PM, beginning June 23rd. Reopening will take place in gradual stages, starting with one day a week and increasing to normal library operating hours as the pandemic situation improves.
To ensure the safety of library volunteers and patrons, many of whom fall into at-risk groups because of age or health conditions, some temporary changes will be instituted. Both patrons and library staff will be required to wear a mask, provide proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and make an appointment by phone or email before coming to the library. We want to keep everyone as safe as it is possible to be. We are in the process of purchasing a hospital grade air purifier for the main research room and hope to have it installed by opening day. For those members who are unable to be vaccinated or who do not wish to be, we will offer distance accommodations including regularly scheduled phone and Zoom consultations, library material lookups, and responses to questions via email.
New and revised library rules and procedures include the following:
Library use will be by appointment only; blocks of two hours must be reserved in advance by phone or requested and confirmed by email. If a patron has reserved a two-hour block and the next block is empty when their reserved hours end, they may request to stay longer.
No more than two (2) patrons will be admitted to the library at one time. With advance notice, two persons who arrive together and wish to work together may be counted as filling one reserved seat. Only one two-person team will be permitted per time slot.
With the above exception, patrons will be seated at least 6 feet apart and a minimum of 6 feet from the librarian’s desk.
Each of the two patron spaces will have a computer. The existing fiche reader will continue to be accessible.
The break room may not be used except for access to the restroom or for use of the city directories.
Self-service copying will temporarily be suspended. Patrons may complete a copy slip and place items to be copied by the librarian in a designated area.