"Our re-opening plan prioritizes the safety and well-being of both library users and staff," says Leslie Polott, Executive Director and Curator of Hudson Library and Historical Society. "The plan was coordinated with other Summit County libraries to ensure it is carried out in a thoughtful, cautious manner and adheres to all the health directives from the Governors’ office, the Ohio Department of Health, Summit County Department of Health, and the CDC."

Polott cautions that the June 23 re-opening doesn’t mean a return to business as usual.

"We fully intend to return to offering full services at some point, but we’re not there yet. For the time being, our goal is to allow people into the building to browse our books, DVDs, and other materials while maintaining safe social distancing."

Under the terms of the re-opening plan:

- The library will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays; and 10 a.m. to 22 p.m.on Saturdays.

The library will be closed on Sunday. Dedicated hours for vulnerable community members will be announced.

- Strict occupancy restrictions will be in place to limit the total number of people in the library at one time to 60 to facilitate social distancing. A metered people-counter device has been installed to keep track. Customer visits will be limited to one hour to allow the maximum number of people to access the building each day.

- Only the first floor Lobby, Rotunda, and Children’s Room will be open to the public. Requests for materials from the second floor and other areas not open to the public will be fulfilled by library staff.

- Based on recommendations from the Ohio Department of Health and the CDC, all staff and customers over the age of two are required to wear a face covering while in the building. Face masks will be available for visitors who do not have one. Those who cannot wear a face covering can be served through our telephone reference, curbside service, and drive-up window services. Everyone entering the building will have their temperature taken.

- Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

- Study and meeting rooms will not be available, and in-house programming will not be offered for the time being. In the interim please check out the library’s extensive array of virtual programs and services.

- Limited computer services will be offered. Computer and internet use will be available in the Rotunda but limited to 30 minutes sessions per day. Appointments are highly recommended to ensure computer availability.

Library patrons who are not comfortable coming into the building can continue to order materials for contactless curbside pick up and return materials at the book drop. Pick ups can be scheduled by calling 330-653-6658. The library’s drive-up window will also be open for service.

Behind the scenes, the library has instituted strict measures to create a safe environment. All returned materials are quarantined for four days before being re-shelved. Surfaces are cleaned every two hours, and a team of professional cleaners sanitizes the entire building regularly.

"By taking a more measured approach to our re-opening, we will be able to get it right and keep everyone safe," Polott says. "As circumstances change, we will begin offering increased services and programming — as long as we can do so safely."