Library begins “Grab and Go” Service; Shifts to 48-hour Quarantine for Returned Material

Beginning Monday, November 16, all five library branches will trial “Grab and Go” service. Appointments to browse the library collection will be available from 1 – 4 pm Monday – Friday and 10 – 12 noon on Saturdays. Call your library branch to make a reservation. All visitors will be asked to wear a mask, sign a screening form, and use hand sanitizer upon entry. The library is also asking visitors to refrain from reshelving items. Due to physical distancing requirements, library staff will only be able to assist visitors from a safe distance. Appointments to access a computer, use the copy machine, or register for a library card are still available. The risk of entering a public facility is your own. The library cannot guarantee the cleanliness of materials or equipment as public libraries are high touch facilities.  Depending on the number of cases in Worcester County, we may be forced to return to previous restrictions, and we apologize in advance should this become necessary.  Library-to-go service also continues and materials, program kits, and print/copy jobs can be picked up in a contactless manner.

Worcester County Library has been observing a 7 day quarantine period based on the Battelle REALM study. REALM (REopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums) is a collaboration among organizations OCLC (a global library cooperative), the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and Battelle Memorial Institute (a global science and technology research and development nonprofit organization). Battelle has been conducting research since April 22 on how long the COVID-19 virus survives on materials common to libraries, archives, and museums.Recently, Maryland Department of Health was asked to review the REALM study results to make a recommendation to Maryland libraries.

Worcester County Library is moving to a 48-hour quarantine period based on the recommendation from the MD Department of Health. This will enable materials to move faster and help keep everyone safe. Library staff and visitors should continue to wear masks and wash hands frequently.