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Cornelius News

Library returns with precautions, limited services

May 29. Dave Vieser. The Cornelius branch of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library system will reopen at 9 am Monday morning June 1, but will be offering very limited services under the first phase of their reopening, according to county officials.

Under the plan, holds, pickups and returns will be available at Cornelius and at each other branch location, but with only one customer being served at a time.

Other customers will be asked to wait six feet apart in a line outside. Staff will encourage customers to socially distance and will inform customers of services that are available.

“The Library is taking extra precautions to ensure a safe space for our customers and staff. We’re moving from virtual-only services to in-person services in a responsible way that focuses on safety,” said Caitlin Moen, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library chief customer officer/library director.

During the Library’s Phase 1 re-opening in Cornelius:
• Staff will wear face masks/coverings and protective equipment. Masks are optional for customers but encouraged.
• Only one customer will be allowed inside at a time.
• All checkouts are self-checkouts. Customers can scan their card (physical or on the app) and
the materials. No need to enter the pin.
• All material/book drops remain closed. Return materials and books to the designated receptacles located at branch locations only during open hours. Signs will direct customers to
the proper bin where returned materials will begin the quarantine process.
• Fines and fees are suspended during Phase 1.
• Restrooms will not be open to the public.

Materials and books will be quarantined for 72 hours before they are checked in. There is no need for customers to ‘clean’ or disinfect Library materials. Materials that were on the holds shelf at the time of the Library’s closure will expire during the week of June 15.

During Phase 1, computer rooms, community/meeting rooms and restrooms will not be available.

Outreach programming will continue online or virtual and is coordinated between the Library Outreach team and the organization. All programming and events for children, teens, adults and the Job Help Center have moved to online or virtual formats and can be found through www.cmlibrary.org/calendar.