Fayetteville Public Library to reopen Monday with restrictions

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — The Fayetteville Public Library is set to reopen on Monday, May 18.

Executive Director David Johnson said hours will be limited in order to thoroughly clean.

The hours of operation will be:

Monday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Tuesday and Friday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The Fayetteville Public Library will also be closed on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays for additional deep cleaning.

The one-way entrance starts in the garage and enters the lobby. The exit follows from the lobby out the front doors onto the front terrace. The isles are one way with tape marking directions.

Johnson said this similarity with the grocery store’s markings will help visitors adapt to guidelines more easily.

There will be a maximum capacity of 50 people at a time. Staff will be at the front entrance keeping total and making sure everyone is wearing a mask. Once the maximum capacity has been reached, visitors must wait outside.

The isles are free to roam, but check-out will be restricted to a self-serve kiosks which are cleaned hourly.

Once an item is returned, it goes into a three day quarantine. Johnson said is a long enough time for the virus to not be infectious on books. Items that are encased in plastic are wiped with an alcohol cloth after the three days.

Johnson said the extra steps are worth it, and staff has been working hard in order to get the library back open.

“Librarians are built to serve, that’s what we do. And we’re not allowed to do  that, we feel like a fish out of water.” Johnson said.

The sitting areas, study rooms, computers and cafe will remain closed. But could re-open at a later phase in accordance with the governors guidelines.

Johnson said their current curbside option will also remain available for the future do to demand.

For more information on the library reopening, visit their website.

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