PWPL Ahead: The Library’s Phased Reopening Plan
As Long Island re-opens, the Port Washington Public Library (PWPL) is also moving forward with our re-opening plans. In order to facilitate this, the Library has created PWPL Ahead, a comprehensive plan to begin re-opening while best addressing the safety and health concerns of PWPL staff and patrons.
(Updated May 10, 2021)
Phase 1 – Began June 1, 2020
Services, materials, programs, and events will continue to be offered remotely. Maintenance staff return on-site; the building was cleaned and sanitized, HVAC adjustments were made and new MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) 13 and 15 air filters were installed. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for staff was inventoried and ordered as necessary.
Phase 2 – Began June 15, 2020
Services, materials, programs, and events continued to be offered remotely. A percentage of staff returned to work on-site. Return bins in the Library’s parking lot re-opened for materials currently checked out. Checked-out materials can be returned anytime in our outdoor return bins. All returned materials will be quarantined separately from the rest of the collection for a period of 48 hours to ensure safety.
Phase 3 – Began June 25, 2020
Curbside grab and go pick-up for Library materials began in the Library’s parking lot. Click here to learn more about Curbside Service. All loanable materials are available for curbside pickup. Paper printouts, tax forms, and 3D printed objects became available for pickup. Home delivery of materials resumed for those unable to leave their home. All programs and events continued to be offered remotely.
Phase 4 – Began July 27, 2020
Members of the public were allowed to return to the Library building exclusively for browsing, in-person borrowing, and public computing. Masks are required for anyone wishing to enter the Library, with the exception of children under the age of 2. Hours and building capacity will be limited. Curbside service will continue. Meeting rooms will remain closed and all programs and events will continue to be offered remotely or outdoors.
Phase 4+ – Further details to be announced
Beyond PWPL Ahead – Phase 4+
The Library plans to return to normal operations when it is deemed safe. We ask for your cooperation while these phases are implemented and appreciate your continued understanding and support.