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The past few surreal months have been defined by dedication, the foundation upon which the Library staff has sought to serve our community.  It drives Library leadership and staff to try to provide a bit of normalcy in far from normal times, to get way out of our comfort zone and deliver services virtually, to create an overwhelmingly successful curbside service, and to deal with a much diminished budget.  

The Abington Township Public Libraries are working to reconnect with our patrons.  Our goal, when we reopen the building, will be to reconnect you with our resources and services, while ensuring the health and safety of the public and the Library staff.  Because we still don’t see a firm reopening date, the following might change on a dime (as it seems everything does these days), but I want to share our plans as they stand today.  Thank you for your continued understanding:  we cannot wait to see you in person! 

In order to comply with Commonwealth and Township orders and guidelines, changes have been made to our operating policies and procedures that will be in effect when we reopen and they will stay in effect as long as needed.  As a visiting guest, you will agree to the following new rules: 

  • You will not visit the Library if you are displaying symptoms of illness, such as cough, shortness of breath, fever, new loss of taste or smell, runny nose, diarrhea, or nausea.
  • You will wear a face covering or mask over your nose and mouth.  The only exception is children under two years of age.  Every day, scientific evidence demonstrates the effectiveness of masks in the fight against the coronavirus.  There will be no exceptions.
  • You will employ social distancing, staying at least six feet apart, and heed directional markers placed throughout the building.
  • Building capacity will be limited to 35 visitors, and you will stay no longer than one hour.
  • The lower level, including the Children’s Department, will be closed to the public.  New Children’s materials will be available on the first floor, and staff will be happy to arrange to retrieve any other materials you may want.
  • No children age 16 and under will visit the library unless accompanied by a caregiver who is 21 years or older to provide direct, constant supervision.
  • All meeting rooms, including the Community Rooms, the small study rooms, and the Shorday Silent Study Room will be closed to the public.
  • The public bathrooms will be available to one person at a time, so please knock before entering.  

The Library may require you to leave the premises if you do not comply with all the above rules, and may also restrict or curtail your borrowing privileges. 

We plan to continue to offer some degree of curbside pickup even after we reopen the building.  Because more than half of our staff has been laid off or furloughed, the number of hours we will be open is yet to be determined, but will certainly include one evening and one weekend day. 

We all need to continue to be flexible and resilient.  We all need to be grateful and patient.  Let’s dedicate ourselves to working together, as our Library has always been a constant, wonderful part of our lives, and we all need a little stability right now. 



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