Yonkers Public Library (YPL) is pleased to reopen its doors to the public after the longest closure in its history. In order to maintain health and safety standards so that it can remain open, it is implementing the following plan for public service until a vaccine or more reliable treatments are available.
Expectations for staff and patron health and hygiene:
- All library staff and patrons are expected to wear face masks (covering nose and mouth) while in public areas. When possible, the library will try to provide patrons with a disposable mask.
- All library patrons are encouraged to wear gloves while using public computers once computer access is restored. Gloves will be provided.
- Patrons are expected to practice social distancing with each other. Groups of patrons congregating closely with each other will be asked to spread out or leave.
- No eating or drinking is permitted inside the library.
- For everyone’s health and safety, we ask that if you have a fever or are not feeling well you do not visit the library. Patrons displaying flu-like symptoms or excessive coughing or sneezing may be asked to leave.
- Despite our commitment to keeping our spaces clean and conducting operations safely, the library can not ensure an entirely virus-free environment. Patrons visit the library and any other space at their own risk.
Using the library:
- The library is enforcing reduced occupancy limits for its buildings. If the libraries have reached their limit, patrons will be asked to wait outside until visitors leave the building. The in-library occupancy limits upon reopening will be as follows:
- Crestwood Library: 10 patrons
- Riverfront Library: 60 patrons (not including babies or toddlers)
- Will Library: 50 patrons (not including babies or toddlers)
- Patrons are asked to make their visits to the library as quick as possible.
- Computer access will be limited to one 45 minute session per day.
- Patrons that are not using a computer, reading or browsing books may be asked to leave so that other patrons can use the building. Policies against sleeping and loitering will be strictly enforced.
- Patrons are asked to maintain social distancing in all areas of the library. Chairs and computers will be temporarily removed to help facilitate this practice. Patrons are not allowed to move chairs to be closer together. Only families should sit together at reading tables in youth areas.
- We welcome patrons that visit to charge devices or utilize Wi-Fi, but if the library reaches occupancy you may be asked to leave. Patrons are welcome to access our wireless network outdoors where connectivity permits it.
- Study rooms and smaller areas will be closed to the public.
- Youth under the age of 13 must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or caregiver. Teens must abide by all other library policies.
- Groups of 5 or more will only be admitted if occupancy limits permit them. Camps, group daycare, and adult day services should check ahead before visiting the library. All group visitors must abide by all other library policies.
Borrowing and returning materials:
- To limit the books and library cards our staff handle, we ask that patrons try to scan library card barcodes and books themselves using scanners at staffed service points. If patrons are unable to scan these items, the staff will assist.
- When checking out materials, please wait in line six feet apart (as indicated by carpet tape) and wait to be called.
- Please return materials into bins. The library will quarantine materials for up to 72 hours. We will automatically waive any fines incurred within 7 days of due dates. Account issues are best resolved over the phone.
Programming and space use:
- Due to social distancing precautions, in-library public programs will be suspended until further notice. Priority will be on economic development focused programs. We will continue to offer virtual programming at www.ypl.org.
- All book donations and book sales are canceled until further notice.
This code of conduct is temporary, and may be revised based on changing health and safety guidelines. Unless they are specifically modified or revoked above, all other policies from the permanent Library Code of Conduct are still in effect.
Ratified by the Board of Trustees on June 18, 2020, updated on July 16, 2020.