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A Message from our Director about COVID-19 and the Library

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Update 3/21:

Henrico County has created an online resource with information about the coronavirus, including the number for the Virginia Department of Health call center, and other helpful links.  You can access that resource here.  It will be updated regularly.  We are following the County’s lead in its response to the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.  

Beginning Monday, March 16, Henrico County Public Library buildings have been closed and will be until further notice.  Don't worry about things like overdue books or returning items - any physical materials currently checked out will have their due dates extended until we reopen. Book returns are currently closed. Any holds that were placed will be waiting for you to pick up when we reopen.  Our All Henrico Reads author event on April 2 will be postponed, and we plan to reschedule for a later date.  Programs and meetings are being canceled during this time.

During this closure, we encourage you to visit the library remotely through henricolibrary.org. You can borrow materials online from the library through OverDrive, for books and audiobooks, and Hoopla, for books, audiobooks, music, and movies. Hoopla has no waiting period for borrowing.  You can get digital access to magazines online with your library card through RB Digital, and newspapers through our Online Research page.  Students of all ages can receive free online tutoring and homework help with Tutor.com, and additional study resources are available through Learning Express Library.  If you have a question for a librarian, you can use our online Ask A Librarian service by clicking the green tab from any page of our website. Our My Next Read service can help you get book recommendations via email directly from library staff.  Follow our blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for recommended reading lists and other resources to support your learning, work, and curiosity during this time.  We are launching virtual storytimes via Facebook Live. 

Thank you for your support of the Henrico County Public Library, our County, and community.  Henrico County and HCPL will continue to update you through our website and social media channels. 

Sincerely,

Barbara F. Weedman

Director


We understand and take very seriously concerns about the COVID-19 coronavirus and are prioritizing community health and safety while continuing to provide for your public library service needs. We are following the County’s lead in its response to the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. Henrico County has created an online resource with information about the coronavirus, including the number for the Virginia Department of Health call center, and other helpful links. You can access that resource here. It will be updated regularly.



At this time, HCPL libraries are following best practices for cleaning our facilities, which includes increased daily cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces and workspaces, as well as placing additional hand sanitizer and sanitizer wipes in public areas of our libraries. We have placed signs about proper handwashing hygiene and COVID-19 in public areas and restrooms, and we have removed non-essential items like toys and puzzles, which are more difficult to clean, from our children’s areas. Our All Henrico Reads author event on April 2 will be postponed, and we plan to reschedule for a later date. Other library programs may be canceled or postponed.



If you are concerned about or if you are at high-risk for complications due to coronavirus, or if you are experiencing illness or symptoms related to coronavirus, we encourage you to stay home and access library resources remotely. You can borrow materials online from the library through OverDrive, for books and audiobooks, and Hoopla, for books, audiobooks, music, and movies. Hoopla has no waiting period for borrowing. You can get digital access to magazines online with your library card through RB Digital, and newspapers through our Online Research page. If you have a question for a librarian, you can use our online Ask A Librarian service on our website, or call your library to get assistance over the phone. Our My Next Read service can help you get book recommendations via email directly from library staff.



Thank you for your support of the Henrico County Public Library, our County, and community. Henrico County and HCPL will continue to communicate with you through our website and social media channels.



Sincerely,

Barbara F. Weedman

Director
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Guest - Mary Lloyd Parks on Friday, 13 March 2020 16:02

Do you have a way to disinfect books upon return?

Do you have a way to disinfect books upon return?
Henrico County Public Library on Friday, 13 March 2020 16:27

Thank you for writing us. The CDC has not issued cleaning recommendations for items like books with regard to the novel coronavirus. We do not disinfect books when they are returned or used in-house. If you are concerned about exposure, you can access library resources remotely. You can call your local library for help getting started with online access.

Thank you for writing us. The CDC has not issued cleaning recommendations for items like books with regard to the novel coronavirus. We do not disinfect books when they are returned or used in-house. If you are concerned about exposure, you can access library resources remotely. You can call your local library for help getting started with online access.
Guest - Scott P. on Sunday, 15 March 2020 01:52

If all of the articles out there are correct and the virus has an ~3 day lifespan on surfaces, perhaps taking returned books out of circulation past that lifespan might work. Maybe you could put the returned books for the day into boxes (to help prevent cross-contamination) and once enough time has passed put them back into circulation. It won't do anything if someone infected comes into the library and handles books but puts them back on the shelf, but you could theoretically prevent this scenario by only allowing the staff to retrieve books, allowing our citizens access to a drive thru or the lobby. Just a thought for these strange times.

If all of the articles out there are correct and the virus has an ~3 day lifespan on surfaces, perhaps taking returned books out of circulation past that lifespan might work. Maybe you could put the returned books for the day into boxes (to help prevent cross-contamination) and once enough time has passed put them back into circulation. It won't do anything if someone infected comes into the library and handles books but puts them back on the shelf, but you could theoretically prevent this scenario by only allowing the staff to retrieve books, allowing our citizens access to a drive thru or the lobby. Just a thought for these strange times.
Guest - Ralph on Friday, 13 March 2020 16:27

They do not Mary Parks

They do not Mary Parks
Guest - Laura on Friday, 13 March 2020 17:40

I think you need to close the libraries

I think you need to close the libraries
Guest - Bob Smith on Saturday, 14 March 2020 15:20

You can't close everything.

You can't close everything.
Guest - concerned on Sunday, 15 March 2020 10:55

They literally did in multiple countries. Yes, you can close everything. Especially the libraries, a non-essential service, when Richmond has already done so.

They literally did in multiple countries. Yes, you can close everything. Especially the libraries, a non-essential service, when Richmond has already done so.
Guest - Melanie Maggy on Saturday, 14 March 2020 08:26

Will storytime programs still be held?

Will storytime programs still be held?
Henrico County Public Library on Saturday, 14 March 2020 14:16

At this time, most storytimes are still happening. Sensory Storytime has been canceled. Please check our website and events calendar as there may be additional cancelations. Thank you for writing to us.

At this time, most storytimes are still happening. Sensory Storytime has been canceled. Please check our website and events calendar as there may be additional cancelations. Thank you for writing to us.
Guest - Mary H on Saturday, 14 March 2020 20:12

This is not a reasonable policy.

This is not a reasonable policy.
Guest - Mary H on Saturday, 14 March 2020 21:04

If the County has determined that it is unsafe for teachers and students to be together, then why hasn't the County also determined that it is unsafe for librarians and preschoolers to be together? Where is the logic in this?

If the County has determined that it is unsafe for teachers and students to be together, then why hasn't the County also determined that it is unsafe for librarians and preschoolers to be together? Where is the logic in this?
Guest - Guest on Saturday, 14 March 2020 10:18

Please do not close the library. At least keep the drive-thru's open. Our family is really relying on the library while our kids are out of school!

Please do not close the library. At least keep the drive-thru's open. Our family is really relying on the library while our kids are out of school!
Guest - Guest on Saturday, 14 March 2020 16:36

Pretty sure the health safety of the public and the libraries employees are a little bit more important than bored kids....

Pretty sure the health safety of the public and the libraries employees are a little bit more important than bored kids....
Guest - Mary H on Saturday, 14 March 2020 20:14

Drive through COVID-19 testing is reasonable. Spreading germs with books through a drive-through is irresponsible for staff and users alike.

Drive through COVID-19 testing is reasonable. Spreading germs with books through a drive-through is irresponsible for staff and users alike.
Guest - Sam on Saturday, 14 March 2020 11:38

Please don't close the library! At least, leave the drive-thru's open. My family really relies on the library, and will especially now that schools are out for 2 weeks.

Please don't close the library! At least, leave the drive-thru's open. My family really relies on the library, and will especially now that schools are out for 2 weeks.
Guest - JOhn on Saturday, 14 March 2020 16:13

Will the Library still be opened?

Will the Library still be opened?
Henrico County Public Library on Saturday, 14 March 2020 17:27

At this time, HCPL is open. We are making every effort to stay open for the community, under the guidance of the county's coronavirus response team.

At this time, HCPL is open. We are making every effort to stay open for the community, under the guidance of the county's coronavirus response team.
Guest - Laura on Sunday, 15 March 2020 15:21

You are being negligent. And should be ashamed of this decision. Sorry to people who use the library. Too many parents use the library as a day care center. Now that schools are closed students will go there instead. This is not flattening the curve. You should ashamed.

You are being negligent. And should be ashamed of this decision. Sorry to people who use the library. Too many parents use the library as a day care center. Now that schools are closed students will go there instead. This is not flattening the curve. You should ashamed.
Guest - britt on Saturday, 14 March 2020 16:33

You need to close the library. It's not fair to put your workers in harms way.

You need to close the library. It's not fair to put your workers in harms way.
Guest - Guest on Saturday, 14 March 2020 17:02

I honestly think the Libraries need to close. I think the public health safety and it's employees are a bit more important than people being bored at home....

I honestly think the Libraries need to close. I think the public health safety and it's employees are a bit more important than people being bored at home....
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