If you are a San Bruno resident, you will be happy to know that select libraries in San Bruno and San Mateo County reopened on April 22, 2021, for limited in-person services. Select libraries, such as the Foster City Library, opened their doors for limited in-person services, like browsing and checking out books, surfing the internet, printing, and asking the reference desk for help in finding information or materials.
You probably know that the San Bruno libraries were closed for more than a year due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, now San Bruno residents will be allowed to browse, study, use their libraries’ printers and computers and access Wi-Fi. It is worth noting that as health conditions in the county continue to improve, local libraries announced plans to reopen services to the public.
Observing Safety Guidelines
You should know that, like other businesses, social distancing and masks will be enforced at all the libraries. Also, keep in mind that signs will help direct foot traffic. And furniture, such as chairs, and bookshelves have been carefully reorganized in order to open up nooks.
Some libraries will also provide disposable keyboard covers at computer stations, which is convenient. Some libraries have installed Plexiglass in some areas, and hand sanitizer will also be readily available.
Keep in mind that during the limited hours, all library visitors have to follow county COVID-19 guidelines, including maintaining social distance. You should know that eating won’t be permitted inside these libraries, and visitors will be given hand sanitizer when entering. It is worth noting that those feeling sick are requested to stay home.
And occupancy will also be limited, and some of the libraries will be closed daily for a mid-day cleaning. Note that any items visitors borrow will be left out in order to sit for at least 24 hours before they are recirculated into the system.
Curbside and Express Services
Did you know that modified in-library, also known as Express Service, is the next crucial step in a careful, safe, and phased approach to reinstituting several library offerings and access? You will be happy to know that the decision to provide Express Service follows several months of planning as well as San Mateo County’s important move to the “orange tier” of the coronavirus tier system in California.
County librarians said that they could not serve everybody online. That is why they are so happy and proud to be able to offer in-person services again.
Although the spaces and services might look a bit different, they are committed and dedicated to providing the communities with the excellent service they know and like, while prioritizing the health and safety of all.
Keep in mind that Express Service will now be available at most locations between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. It will include Wi-Fi access, in-library browsing, and computer and printer access.
There is no doubt that Express Service has been carefully planned with thoughtful care as well as safety precautions. While using in-library services, visitors will have to wear masks and also abide by social distancing guidelines.
You should know that building capacity and seating will be considerably limited. Also, libraries will close midday, especially for high-touch surface cleaning.
Officials in San Bruno and San Mateo County said their goal is for all county libraries to continue offering flexible services for individuals who may not be comfortable visiting in person or for people who prefer curbside options because of convenience.
While not a prerequisite for library opening, most library staff is now also eligible for COVID-19 vaccines because of their roles as educators. You will be glad to know that library members in the county can continue to place holds for reference materials for a convenient no-contact pickup, usually by appointment.
And some in-person services, like computer services, will usually be limited to one hour, while study rooms in many libraries will be limited to just one person or one family. While laptops are available for patrons, you must return them to staff for sanitizing.
You may know that in order to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, San Mateo County Libraries had to make the difficult decision to close libraries to the public last year on March 16. As a result, staff soon pivoted to offering virtual programs, online resources, and robust curbside services in order to serve the needs of the communities during these unprecedented and challenging times.
The county’s decision to suspend public services was made after careful consideration and concern for the health, safety, and well-being of library staff, library customers, and the communities. Note that libraries in San Bruno and San Mateo County will continue to provide an expanding array of online resources, digital materials, and an exciting lineup of virtual events and programs for all ages.