GENESEO - Wadsworth Library, 24 Center St., will begin serving patrons again and launch a new takeout service next week, while Livonia Public Library, 2 Washington St., Livonia, is planning to allow in-person appointments.

The libraries have been in the midst of a gradual reopening process that began June 15 with the return of a book drop that allows patrons to return materials any time, seven days a week.

At Wadsworth Library, staff said book returns will need to come in through the book drop. Returned items will be quarantined for 72 hours before being put back on the shelves.

Starting June 29, patrons will be able to pick up items that were already waiting for them at the library. The library also has a new takeout service that will launch June 30. For details on this new service, patrons can visit the library’s website, Wadslib.com/.

The library building will not yet be open to the public, but patrons will be able to place items on hold. Library staff will package up the requested items, call the patron to schedule a pickup time and bring the items out to the patron when they arrive at the library. Staff said the process is similar to ordering takeout from a restaurant – except library materials are available for free.

Staff say the library’s summer reading program has gone virtual this year. Participants of all ages will complete bingo cards and earn books and gift cards from local merchants as prizes. Sign up information will be available on the library’s website and Facebook page.

The library expansion project is also back in full swing. As a result, library operations are confined to a limited space for the duration of the project and it will not be “business as usual” for several months.

Staff said they are finalizing procedures for popular in-person services such as public computer use, printing, scanning and faxing. These services are expected to resume in mid-July. Appropriate health and safety precautions will require use of masks, limiting the number of users and the amount of time spent in the building and quarantining of returned materials.

At the Livonia Public Library, staff said they are also excited start the reopening process.

One of the most important things they are doing – and the first step of the reopening plan – was to open the library’s book drop on June 15 and bring library items back to the facility. Livonia staff said all items must be returned to the book drop outside the library at the southeast corner of the parking lot. To ensure the health and safety of the library staff and patrons, no library items will be allowed to enter the library facility unless they have been returned via the book drop. As at Wadsworth Library in Geneseo, all returned items will be quarantined for 72 hours in compliance with recommendations from the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Staff will handle items while wearing personal protective equipment.

On June 22, the Livonia library began offering curbside service. Starting the first week of curbside service, patrons will need to call the library to request specific items. Curbside request items will then be placed in a bag and set on a pickup table at the main doors. Patrons will be able to retrieve their items by driving into the parking lot at the designated time and picking up the bag with their last name on it. Time slots will be provided to patrons when library staff calls to inform the patron that their items have been collected and are ready for pickup. Patrons are being asked to park along the lot in a route laid out with cone markers.

Following the success of the first two phases, certain in-library services will be available beginning June 29 to patrons by appointment. Services will start with public computers, copying, printing, scanning and faxing, and reserving the tutor room (single patron capacity at this time). To request the use of any of the services listed, patrons will need to call the library and reserve a time.

With the coronavirus pandemic, library staff said they have been busy developing new resource content for the library’s website and social media pages, creating fun and engaging virtual programs, and learning new skills to help them better assist their patrons. For more information, check out the library’s website at livonialibrary@owwl.org or call (585) 346-3450.

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