Coronavirus Information

At the Library​​

  • The library has reopened and you may notice that we have made some changes to protect the public and our staff. We have developed protocols and limitations regarding service with everyone's safety as the ultimate goal. Our hours of operation are:
    • Mondays: 11am to 7pm​
    • Tuesdays (High Risk and Seniors Only): 11am to 7pm
    • Wednesdays - Thursdays: 11am to 7pm
    • Fridays: Closed
    • Saturdays: 12pm - 4pm
    • Sundays: Closed
       
  • The following rules are in effect at the library until further notice:
    • Patrons are required to wear masks to enter the building.

    • Patrons must practice social distancing while inside the library.

    • All entry will be through the Swartley Street entrance by the book return and ramp.

    • Place ALL returns in the book return outside the building.  No returns will be accepted at the circulation desk.

    • Limit your visit to a maximum of 30 minutes.  Only 20 people will be allowed in the library at any one time.  Your cooperation will ensure that others will be able to visit the library.
       

  • The following changes are in effect at the library until further notice:

    • No events, programs, or meetings will be held at the library.
    • No toys are currently available at the children's area.

    • The public computer system is currently being upgraded and is not available for use.

    • There will be no food distributed or for sale. The cafe coffee machine will not be available for use.

Contactless Pick-up

Even after we reopen to the public for in person services, we will continue to offer contactless pick-up service on Tuesdays.
 

  • Pickup will be BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.

    • How to request materials. 

      • To make a request, you can:

        • place a hold online via our catalog (https://northwales.sparkpa.org/eg/opac/home)

        • email HoldsRequest@northwaleslibrary.org, subject line HOLD REQUEST. In the body of the email, please list:

          • Account holder’s name and phone number

          • Your library card #, if you have it

          • Title and author of book

  • How to return materials.

    • Please place ALL materials (with the exception of Children’s Book Bags; see below) in the big red returns bin by the Swartley St. entrance. 

    • DO NOT leave materials on the lobby table or try and give them to staff. This is for everyone’s safety.

  • How to pick up materials.

    • When you receive a Hold Available email notification, please call or email HoldsRequest@northwaleslibrary.org to request an appointment.

    • For holds that are available, please allow a two business day processing period. After two days, you will receive a call or an email about scheduling an appointment.

    • The Swartley St. lobby will serve as a contact-less pick-up location. Inside there is a large table sectioned alphabetically. Find the bag labeled with your LAST name; your checkout slip is inside. Double check your items; if there’s a problem, please give us a call. Please check the slip to make sure it’s yours. Please touch and take ONLY what belongs to you.

  • We will be waiving the usual fee for DVDs; however, any donations are welcome.

  • How we are handling materials.

    • All returned materials are checked in and immediately placed in quarantine for two days.

    •  You can help by refraining from returning materials if you’re feeling sick.

  • How we are handling fines.

    • Please return items at your earliest convenience.

    • We will waive fines on any items that were checked out as of 3/13/2020 (when we closed). Any fines accrued before 3/13 will stand.

  • Please wear a mask when picking up.

  • Please practice social distancing: if someone is already in the lobby, wait until they exit.

  • ALL of these guidelines are subject to change! Be kind to us and each other. Enjoy your books!
     

  • CHILDREN’S BOOK BAGS

    • There are currently 12 bags containing 10 mixed, staff-chosen books available for checkout AS A KIT (no exchanges-- please remember, we have limited staffing). There is also one board book bag and one higher level storybook bag (chosen from the Green spine label section). 

    • One bag per family at a time. You can email your request to HoldsRequest@northwaleslibrary.org or call during open hours (see above). You will receive a reply with which numbered bag is yours; it will be placed on the lobby cart with a checkout slip on it. A note will be put on your account as to which number bag you’ve already had, so when you request another, you won’t get a duplicate.

    • You may also request a bag of 10 staff-chosen books with some guidelines (Fancy Nancy! Curious George! Mo Willems!). However, if you do so, please give us two days to put it together.

    • Please return the bag to the LOBBY CART (there will be a labeled sign) NOT in the book return.

Coronavirus Information

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) says the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. Even if you feel healthy it is important to take these precautions to protect portions of the population that are more at risk. The CDC recommends the following steps to protect yourself:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you have been in public or around anyone coughing or sneezing. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds (about the amount of times it takes you to sing the "Happy Birthday" song twice).

    • If soap and water aren't accessible, use a hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol. Cover all areas of your hand.

    • Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.

  • Avoid close contact with sick people. ​

  • Stay at home if you are sick.

  • When you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth a tissue or cough or sneeze into the inside of your elbow. Wash or sanitize your hands afterwards.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily (such as ​tables, doorknobs, light switches, phones, keyboards, sinks, and more).

  • Practice social distancing.

    • Stay at least 6 feet (2 meters) away from other people.

    • Do not gather in groups. Stay out of crowded places and avoid large gatherings.

    • You can learn more about social distancing and why it can help combat the spread of the coronavirus here.

  • Wear a mask or other cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, such as grocery stores, pharmacies, and gas stations.
     

For more information about the coronavirus, check out the following sources:

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North Wales Area Library

233 S. Swartley Street

North Wales, PA 19454

215-699-5410

Our hours have temporarily changed. 

Sunday: Closed

 

Monday: 11am - 7pm

Tuesday: 11am - 7pm

Tuesdays are High Risk & Seniors Only
 

Wednesday: 11am - 7pm

Thursday: 11am - 7pm
 

Friday: Closed

Saturday: 12pm - 4pm
 

Digital resources available 24/7

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