Lower Merion Libraries Reopen, Services Limited

LOWER MERION, PA—Lower Merion libraries have begun in-person service this week. Due to health concerns for both staff and the public, library officials said services will be limited and hours will be restricted. A full schedule is below: Library officials have stressed that this will not be business as usual. […]

LOWER MERION, PA—Lower Merion libraries have begun in-person service this week. Due to health concerns for both staff and the public, library officials said services will be limited and hours will be restricted.

A full schedule is below:

Library officials have stressed that this will not be business as usual. To make libraries as safe as possible, the following limits will be in place:

  • Libraries will be open for browsing with a limit of 30 minutes per person.

  • Fewer people will be allowed in the building. This will allow for proper social distancing.

  • Requests for books may be placed from the library catalog.

  • The number of computers will be reduced to comply with social distancing rules.

  • Computer use will be limited to 30-minute sessions by appointment only.

  • To help maintain social distancing, not all sections of the library will be open. A large portion of the Ludington Library is closed for construction.

  • All visitors must wear a mask while in the library, and temperatures will be checked before users are allowed in the building.

  • Lounging and studying in the libraries will not be allowed; most seating has been removed.

  • All programs will continue online only.

  • No meetings will take place in libraries.

  • No tutoring will be allowed.

  • While library employees say they are making significant efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19, if you don’t feel comfortable entering the library, contactless delivery will continue.

Library Hours for Limited Browsing & Computer Use Effective July 13:

  • Ardmore – Monday & Tuesday 2 – 5:30; Wednesday & Thursday 10 – 12 (at risk patrons) and 2 – 5:30; Saturday 10 – 1

  • Bala Cynwyd – Monday & Tuesday 12:30 – 6:30; Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 2 – 5:30

  • Belmont Hills – Monday, Wednesday & Friday 2 – 5:30; Saturday 10 – 1

  • Gladwyne – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 2 – 5:30; Friday 10 – 2; Saturday 10 – 1

  • Ludington – Monday & Tuesday 2 – 6:30; Wednesday & Thursday 2 – 5:30; Friday 10 – 2; Saturday 10 – 1 (browsing only)

  • Penn Wynne – Tuesday 10 – 2; Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 2 – 5:30; Saturday 10 – 1

This article originally appeared on the Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch

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