The Minneapolis Public Library is taking a step back in its Covid-19 policy. Per Ottawa County Resolution 20-25, passed by the Ottawa County Commission; face masks will now be required to enter the Library. To help in offsetting this mandate, the Library will offer curb service, however, patrons will need to call in their requests ahead of time. Phone number for the Library is 785-392-3205.
Other restrictions will remain in place. Social distancing will still be required. 6 feet between patrons and/or staff members. A higher level of disinfection will still be maintained. Stacks will remain open for patron use unless infections rise significantly. Only the current issues of newspapers and magazines will be available to the public. However, after each use, they are subject to a mandatory 96-hour quarantine, as are returned books.
Computers will remain open subject to current restrictions. Only every other computer will be available, a strict 1-hour time limit per person per day will remain. A signup sheet will be maintained by staff, and patrons may not approach the computers until they are disinfected. Only infants or young children may accompany their parents or caregivers at the computers.
Seating areas also will remain open at present. Seating may only be utilized at the predetermined distances. Seating and tables will be disinfected after every use and as necessary in between. As in the computer area, seating will only be1 person per seat, with the exception of infants or young children.
Finally, the Meeting Room will remain open. However, patrons using the Meeting Room must sign a waiver before its use. Those using the room, must wear a mask and disinfect the tables and chairs with provided disinfectant before leaving. While these restrictions may sound extreme, the Library Board and Staff are looking out for the best interest and health of all library users.
New Hours of Operation:
- Monday: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
- Tuesday: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
- Wednesday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
- Thursday: 10 a.m.- 7 p.m.
- Friday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- Saturday: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
- Sunday: Closed
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The mission of the Minneapolis Public Library is to provide people of all ages with access to a balanced collection of books and other resources to enhance their educational, cultural, and recreational needs.