Library COVID-19 Safeguards

We are committed to a safe, realistic, and community-oriented approach to serving you. The first hour of each day is reserved for high-risk patrons. For the safety of all, if you are feeling ill, please do not visit.


Face Coverings and Social Distancing

  • Patrons and staff are required to wear a face covering while on the premises. Children age 2 and younger are exempt. Ventilator masks are not allowed. Disposable masks are available at all locations for patrons who do not have one, and free reusable masks from the Bloomington Mask Drive are available at the Main Library.
  • Social distancing of six feet is enforced.
  • Services are limited to assist with social distancing.
  • Signage and barriers are in place to enforce social distancing.


Employee Health Screening

  • Employees are aware of potential COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Employees take their temperature before reporting to work each day.
  • If employees are feeling ill, they do not report to work.


Enhanced Cleaning

  • All hard surfaces and high-touch areas are cleaned frequently throughout the day.
  • High-touch surfaces are disinfected with recommended cleaners.
  • Our materials are quarantined for four days after being returned by a patron. See related research.


Handwashing and Sanitizing

  • Patrons and staff have access to restrooms. Handwashing procedures and guidelines are posted at sinks.
  • Hand sanitizer is widely available throughout the building.