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pandemic Preparedness Plan

SDL Pandemic Preparedness Plan

During this national health emergency, the priority of the SDL Board is to adopt policies which protect the health of employees and patrons while providing library service in the safest possible manner to our community. Decisions are based on recommendations and/or requirements of an alphabet soup of sources: ALA (American Library Association), CDC (Centers For Disease Control), Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO), MLA (Michigan Library Association), Michigan Department of Health & Human Services (MDHHS), MiOSHA (Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration), OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and other agencies. The Library Board also considered spacing constraints within areas of the facility and the vulnerability of our patrons who are most at risk.

Phase 3: Curb or Inside Service By Appointment

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Masks Are Required During Phase 3

A mask, face shield or face covering that provides a barrier from the top of the bridge of the nose to the chin is required to be worn by anyone inside the library facility. Persons  without a face covering will not be allowed to enter the building.  Children under the age of 3 are exempt from  wearing a mask.  No contact Curb Service is available for patrons without a mask and those who are unable to wear a mask for medical reasons.  Patrons who do not comply will be considered in violation of SDL Policy. 

Thank you for your cooperation and helping to protect the health of our staff and patrons!

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Phase 3: Safety Measures 

SDL is asking our patrons to please cooperate with the safety measures adopted by the Library Board. These procedures are either required by government agencies or recommended by the CDC. 

SDL’s first priority is employee safety. Library services cannot be offered if library staff are sick and cannot report to work. The safety of our patrons is equally important. Every effort will be made to mitigate contamination between staff, staff to patron, patron to staff and patron to patron.  However, as a public space, SDL is not a sterile environment and cannot guarantee germ-free physical materials.

  • Please do not visit SDL if you or someone in your household is ill or has been exposed to anyone with COVID-19.

  • SDL encourages anyone with an underlying health condition to use SDL’s no contact Curb Service.

  • Masks are required to be worn during your library visit. If you are unable or unwilling to wear a mask, please use Curb Service. 

  • Patrons must distance themselves from other people by 6 feet. Aisles are limited to 1 person at a time.

  • Public seating is not available during Phase 3.

  • The facility may be closed at any time without notice to allow for cleaning between users.

  • Shared supplies such as staplers and pens are not available. 

Treatment of Returned Library Materials

Libraries are different from stores or restaurants because library items are borrowed and returned, over and over again. These procedures were developed in the event that library materials were returned by a patron who tested positive for the virus. SDL is isolating all returning library materials for one week. The virus should no longer live on the surface of materials but as an extra precaution, books with Mylar covers, audio book and DVD discs & cases are cleaned using disinfectants after the quarantine period and before items are re-shelved or checked-out again. SDL’s complete Reopening After A Pandemic Plan may be viewed on SDL’s website.