Highland Community Library’s staff and board are developing plans to move beyond the digital services we have been offering since we closed in March. To best serve you, we are taking a thoughtful and measured approach toward an eventual reopening of the library that considers both the services our community needs the most and the health and well-being of our staff and patrons.
The Office of Commonwealth Libraries has issued guidelines for libraries to follow to ensure we are all taking the important steps necessary to keep our communities and our library personnel safe. These steps include preparing our building and staff for a return to library services; offering curbside pickup for the safe delivery of library materials to our patrons; and eventually providing in-person services with safety precautions in place. We do not yet have a definitive timeline for these steps, but we are planning to offer curbside pickup services in June, and we will provide more details about our plan in the next week or two.
We are living in unprecedented times, and we know firsthand the extraordinary sacrifices you and your families, friends, and neighbors have made in the service of public health. Preserving the trust you have placed in the library as an vital community institution is critically important to our decision-making process, and we want you to know that community health is paramount in everything that we do.
ICYMI: Our director Ashlee Kiel was interviewed by WJAC-TV News about our reopening plans and the importance of public libraries to the communities they serve. You can learn more about our planning process here.
(This is going to change before the site goes live, but this can serve as a placeholder for now. Future headings listed below.)
Curbside Pickup Services
Library Cleaning Protocol
Plans for Reopening