Evans Public Library in Vandalia will reopen to the public next Monday.
The library has been closed since March 18 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Hours of operation will be: 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday through Thursday; and 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday and Saturday.
Masks will be required for all staff and patrons, including children, ages 3 and above, and computer users.
For those who can’t wear a mask, there will be curbside pickup.
Online resources for books and audio books are available at www.evanspubliclibrary.org, and free Wi-Fi is available out front of the library.
Furniture has been removed and there will be no newspapers or new magazines for reading on-site. Only six of 15 public computers will be operational.
The microfilm machines will be available.
One of the biggest changes families will see is in the children’s area. All games, puzzles and toys have been removed. All seating has been removed as well.
The meeting room is closed, and there are no immediate plans for in-person programs.
During the shutdown, patrons have been able to check out digital materials, including books and audiobooks.
Evans Public Library has also been offering curbside pickup service since June 1.
Know Before You Go Guidelines
• Curbside is still available by appointment only.
• Use the outdoor book return.
• Leave your bags in the car
• Sanitize your hands upon entering the building and sanitize your hands often.
• Masks or face-coverings will be required for everyone 2 years of age and older. Bandannas, non-medical masks, scarves and cloth may be used.
The library will have masks available for free for anyone who does not have one.
• Children under age 14 must be accompanied by an adult and must stay with adult at all times.
• Keep a safe distance.
One person per aisle in the stacks while looking for books.
Maintain a distance of 6 feet at all times.
• There is a 30-minute limit per patron per day for browsing, checkout and other services.
• All toys, games, and puzzles have been put away.
• Computer use limited to one 60-minute session per patron per day. Only six computers will be available for use.
• One person per computer. No doubling up or sitting together at the computers, as this will not allow safe distancing from other patrons.
• There will be no personal assistance at the public computers.
Printing, copying and faxing services will be available.
If you have questions, you may call the library at 283-2824: Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., and Friday-Saturday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; or send an email to [email protected]