Library Updates: Using the Library in the Covid-19 Pandemic

With the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the library is adjusting many of its procedures to make sure that both library workers and library users are safe. Read over the changes listed below.


Summary of New Rules and Procedures


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  • In the library, wear a mask at all times.

  • Sanitize your hands upon entering.

  • Select a space marked with the "clean" sign.

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  • Chairs and tables are spread out for social distancing; do not move chairs to create groups.

  • When done using your space, flip the sign to the "dirty" side and a worker will sanitize the area.

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  • The study rooms have reduced capacity.

  • The two large study rooms L1 and L2 will accommodate up to 3 people. L2 will accommodate 2. All other study rooms will be for individual use only.

  • Wear your mask in the study rooms.

  • Reservations can still be made online or at the service desk.

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  • Follow the arrows and dots on the library’s floor when navigating the space.

  • Keep 6 feet of space between you and other library users especially at the printer and service desk.

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  • When a book is returned to the library, it will be quarantined for 1 day before being removed from your account

  • you may receive an overdue notice email but you can disregard it if you have returned your item.

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  • Reserve books can be checked out for use on campus. The item will need to quarantine for 1 day before the next student can use it.

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  • Library hours have been reduced and the Librarian will be working from home some days, but many virtual services are available.

  • Library student workers are also available to help during all open library hours.

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Following these measures will create a safer environment for us all. Thank you.

If Peoria County or our Illinois region re-enters phase 3 (or lower), the physical library will close and only offer virtual services.