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Temporary hours for building beginning Monday, June 1:

9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday
9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday

Please Wear a Mask While Using the Library

7/8/20: In our ongoing efforts to protect our patrons and staff, we ask that everyone who comes to the library please wear a mask when in the building.

Early Literacy Area Remains Closed

7/8/20: The Early Literacy Area will remain closed for for the foreseeable future. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Library Building to open June 1

5/22/20 update: The library is scheduled to reopen for patrons beginning Monday, June 1. Patrons are encouraged to wear masks, practice safe social distancing, avoid gathering in groups, and keep visits to the library as brief as possible.

Participants in summer reading will track progress on the Beanstack website or app rather than using paper logs this year. Although the building will be open to patrons, library programs will continue to be virtual. Summer reading performances, story times, yoga and other programs will continue on Facebook Live.

Transfers of items between KanShare libraries will continue and interlibrary loan services are expected to resume June 1. However, please expect some delays in receiving items from other locations.

Library community services including passport application processing, notary, fax, copy and printing will also resume when the library building opens.

Computer use will be limited to one hour per patron per day, and fewer computers will be available for patron use to ensure proper social distancing.

A rigorous cleaning schedule is in place for all high-touch areas of the library. Self-checkout stations have been relocated, and protective shielding has been placed at the circulation and youth services desks.

The Early Literacy area will be closed until further notice. In addition, seating areas have been limited throughout the library. Use of study rooms, the Frank Fanning Conference Room and the Community Room will be guided by state or local limitations on mass gatherings.

The library will continue to operate on reduced hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. Any changes in operating hours will be posted on the library’s website, www.DerbyLibrary.com, and social media.

If you are uncomfortable coming to the library, remember that our digital services are always available. Find e-books, audiobooks, music, movies and more using Libby and Sunflower eLibrary, Hoopla and RB Digital.

Once we are able to resume this level of service to the public, please help us by not coming to the library if you are ill, washing your hands before and after handling materials, and practicing safe social distancing. Thank you for your understanding and helping keep our community safe.

Library to re-open Monday, May 4, with limited drive-thru service only

5/1/20—As the community looks forward to a gradual re-opening of businesses and services, we at the library look forward to welcoming patrons. The library will implement Phase One of the plan for re-opening, offering limited service at the drive-thru window only, on Monday, May 4.

The following outlines the proposed phases of opening that the library hopes to implement. Additional or fewer steps may be taken as deemed appropriate.

As a reminder, we ask that if you are sick or experiencing any symptoms of illness to please stay home. Also, once we are able to open the building to the public, we ask that you maintain social distancing whenever possible.

Phase One — Drive-thru service only:

  • Reduced hours of operation: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday
  • Library checkouts will be available at drive-thru only (please place items on hold in advance, either online or by calling the library at 316-788-0760)
  • Limited or no interlibrary loans or transfers
  • Passport, fax and notary services temporarily suspended
  • Interior of the building remains closed to the public
  • Staff in the building will be working in appropriate social distancing configuration
  • This phase will likely be triggered by the suspension of the stay-at-home order

Phase Two — limited building use:
Library open to public with some services limited

  • Hours of operation to be determined based on recommendations from local and state governments and health officials
  • Passport, fax and notary services will resume
  • Interior of library will be set up for social distancing: limited number of computers available in computer lab, Early Literacy Area closed, furniture will be spaced or removed to allow social distancing, study room use limited, no large meetings in Frank Fanning or Community rooms
  • Limited access to teen and elementary computers
  • Shorter time limits for patron use of computers
  • Library programming will be primarily virtual
    • Summer reading will be tracked using Beanstack (app or website)
    • Summer reading performances will be streamed online
    • Other library prgramming will continue via Facebook Live and other online sources
  • Interlibrary loan services may resume
  • Transfers between KanShare libraries may resume, so items from other libraries will be available to pick up
  • Self-checkout and circulation stations will be spaced and marked for appropriate social distancing
  • We encourage patrons to be in and out of the library as quickly as possible and avoid congregating in groups
  • Additional regular cleaning/sanitizing of door handles, counters and other shared surfaces will be implemented
  • This phase will likely be triggered by a relaxing in size limitations of gatherings or a formula of how many people can be in the building

Phase Three — building returns to full use and access:

  • We will continue to monitor the situation and plan to closely follow guidelines recommended by local and state governments, as well as county and state health officials. Once we feel we can safely resume all normal operations, we will move to this stage.

Please watch our website and our social media channels (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter) for updates.

Again, once we are able to resume some level of service to the public, please help us by not coming to the library if you are ill, washing your hands before and after handling materials, and practicing safe social distancing. Thank you for your understanding and helping keep our community safe. If you have any questions, please call the library at 316-788-0760.
 

Derby Public Library public safety response plan to COVID-19 pandemic

UPDATE (3/24/20): The Derby Public Library is moving to Phase Three of its public safety response plan. Services at the drive-thru will be unavailable as of 8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 26.

Phase Three details are as follows:

  • All physical services at the library are temporarily suspended, including drive-thru service
  • Library staff will be available 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m.-noon Saturday to answer phone calls and email messages to assist patrons with their accounts and for technical assistance
  • All due dates on items currently checked out will be delayed until the library is open, so there is no need to return items while the library is closed
  • All library digital services remain available while the library is closed
  • Online live streaming of yoga, kids’ yoga and story times will continue (be sure to catch it on our Facebook page)
  • Library staff will update the public regularly through the library website at www.derbylibrary.com and Facebook, Instagram and Twitter
  • Patrons may contact the library by phone at 316-788-0760 or by email at publicsupport@derbylibrary.com

In addition to the scheduled live stream events, watch our social media for other interactive opportunities with the library.

If you have a teen who is interested in volunteering for summer reading at the library, please be sure to complete the online application on the website here: https://derbylibrary.com/kids-and-teens/teen-volunteers . Physical applications are not available this year.

 

UPDATE (3/17/20): Interlibrary loan requests are temporarily suspended due to a disruption in statewide library courier service.

 

(3/16/20) In response to the rapidly changing situation surrounding COVID-19, the Derby Public Library has developed the following plan to ensure the health and safety of patrons and staff.

In the interest of the health and safety of our patrons and staff, Derby Public Library is implementing Phase Two of its public safety plan in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. This takes effect at 8:30 p.m. March 16 and will continue until further notice.

This phase of the safety plan allows for limited access to library materials. The interior of library is closed to public. However, physical materials are still available to be picked up at the drive-thru.

The library’s digital services and online learning are always available, either through the library website (www.derbylibrary.com) or through the appropriate apps for your smart device. Access e-books, audiobooks and more through Libby, RB Digital and Hoopla.

Here is more information about service availability:

  • Passport services will be suspended
  • Library checkouts will be available at drive-thru only (please place items on hold in advance, either online or by calling the library at 316-788-0760)
  • Library programming is canceled until further notice
  • Room reservations, including Community Room reservations, in place during Phase Two period are automatically canceled—paid reservations will be refunded or rescheduled—and room reservations are suspended
  • Notary services will be suspended
  • Fax service will continue to be available
  • Staff will be available to answer phones and pull holds during regular library hours
  • Transfers between KanShare libraries will still take place, so items from other libraries will be available to pick up at the drive-thru
  • Overdue fines will be suspended
  • Room reservations are suspended until further notice
  • Situation will continue to be monitored, in preparation to implement Phase Three if necessary or to return to regular operating hours and services

Phase Three:
All physical library services are unavailable

  • The library will close access to all physical services, including the drive-thru
  • Digital library services will remain available to patrons
  • Public will be updated regularly via website and social media channels about closure, available digital services and measures being taken, including the resumption of normal operating procedure and hours

Please help us by not coming to the library if you are ill, washing your hands before and after handling library materials, and remaining in your vehicle at the drive-thru. Thank you for your understanding and helping keep our community safe. We will continue to monitor the situation and make any necessary changes. If you have any questions, please call the library at 316-788-0760.

For up-to-date information from the CDC about the coronavirus, including prevention tips and how to identify symptoms, please visit the CDC website here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

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