Southwest Public Libraries returns to no-contact service

Southwest Public Libraries (SPL) returned to no-contact service only on Nov. 23 in light of surging COVID-19 cases and the newest health advisories from both county and state. These advisories identify severe virus exposure and spread and urge residents to stay home except for work, school, or essential services.

There will again be no public entry into SPL buildings except entryways for no-contact pickup and limited document services (print, copy, scan, fax). Patrons will still be able to borrow items but through placing hold requests for no-contact holds pickup only, a process now easier than ever.

Unlike in the past, patrons no longer need to schedule an appointment time to pick up held items once notified they are in. They should simply call 15 to 20 minutes before planned arrival to allow staff time to get items checked out, bagged, and placed on no-contact pickup tables in the entryway.

The library will continue to accept returns only during service hours. Hours remain:
• Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Wednesday and Thursday from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.

“We continue to take the health and safety of our patrons and staff very seriously,” said SPL Director Mark Shaw. “When we reopened for limited access last month, we foresaw the possibility of needing to return to no-contact service for the safety of the community and have worked to make it as smooth yet safe as possible.”

The library will continue to offer plenty of Grab and Go options available during no-contact service hours, including book bundles available for borrowing plus various take-home craft and activity kits. Virtual programming such as storytimes, STEM Challenges, craft tutorials, and more, will continue to be presented via the library’s Facebook and YouTube pages.
View upcoming programs and kits, find updates, or access SPL’s digital library —available 24/7 and offering eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, music, movies, and more — at

Southwest Public Libraries serves southwest Franklin county and surrounding areas through its two branches, Grove City Library and Westland Area Library.



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