COVID-19 Information Jasper-Dubois County Public Library Reopening Safeguards and Current Status

We are happy to see you all back at the library! Here are our guidelines put in place by the staff and board.  All rules are in effect until rescinded or modified.

All staff and patrons will be required to wear masks that cover nose and mouth. 

This includes children ages 2 and over. The libraries will be following the protocol recommended from the State and County Health Officials and requiring masks in any public spaces.  If you do not have one, one will be provided.

If you are unable to wear a mask, we can provide accommodations such as to-go service and document delivery while you wait outside.  

Operating with limited capacity. Patrons are asked to limit the time spent on your visits to allow others to enter.

Using those CDC guidelines, our building capacity numbers, including staff, have been determined as follows:

  • Jasper = 50
  • Ferdinand = 65
  • Dubois = 28
  • Birdseye = 10

Hours:

Jasper and Ferdinand

Mon-Thurs: 9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
Friday: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

Dubois

Mon-Thurs: 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
Friday: 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

Birdseye

Tuesday: 2:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Thursday: 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Saturday: Closed

Children will be required to stay with their guardian during the entirety of the visit. Those under the age of 13 will not be permitted to enter without a guardian.

To-Go Service

Library-to-go services are available for those uncomfortable coming into buildings or unable to wear masks.  If you would like to continue to use this service please call the library once you receive an email or text notification that you have available holds and schedule a pick up time. We will then place items on a table for you to pick up.  For all others, the holds process will go back to the way is was done before the COVID shutdown. 

Guidelines and Restrictions

  • We ask that visits be limited to 60 minutes per day. Information about afterschool visits and tutoring can be found in our news section or at the front desk.
  • Computer sessions will be limited to 60 minutes and may need to be by appointment only depending on demand.
  • Genealogy visits should be made by appointment only and will also be limited to 60 minutes per day.
  • Study rooms area available during library operating hours.  
  • Meeting rooms are available during library operating hours, but not after hours.
  • Plexiglass dividers will be up at the checkout counters and information desks.
  • Patrons encouraged to use self-checkout machines.
  • Social distancing guidelines continue. Seating will be spaced out to follow social distancing guidelines.
  • Hand sanitation stations will be located throughout the building. We have plenty, so please use it liberally!
  • Staff will be sanitizing on a regular basis.
  • Virtual programming will continue.  Please check our calendar for more information.
  • Library not accepting book donations at this time.
  • Those experiencing COVID symptoms, waiting for test results, or in isolation are  to stay home. We are happy to renew any items you may have checked out.

COVID Safeguards

As of October 9, 2020

The health and safety of our staff and patrons are our top priority at Jasper-Dubois County Public Libraries. Due to this concern, we are following guidelines set by state and local health departments and the CDC to keep our staff and patrons safe during the COVID-19 health emergency.

Here are the steps we are taking:

  • Employees will conduct self-assessments on their physical health and not enter the building if they are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms not attributed to allergies or other high-touch services.
  • All returned materials from patrons will be quarantined in rooms separate from the rest of the collection for 24 hours based upon current best practices. Instead of quarantining, items on hold will be sanitized properly before the next patron is notified it is available for them to pick up.
  • We are employing enhanced sanitation protocols for the library, including regular cleaning of high-touch surfaces.
  • Encouraging and enhancing the ability of staff and patrons to wash their hands or take hygiene measures such as the use of hand sanitizer, placed at public work desks.
  • Complying with social distancing requirements as outlined by the CDC, including maintaining a six-foot distance from other staff and patrons when possible, and employing the use of face masks.
  • Those experiencing COVID symptoms, waiting for test results, or in isolation are  to stay home. We are happy to renew any items you may have checked out.

Thank you for your cooperation!