Reopening Plans

While library services continued virtually throughout the pandemic, the 14 libraries in Washington County have been given permission to begin providing limited in person services following the release of the Framework for Reopening Libraries by the Office of Commonwealth Libraries.  Each of the libraries is committed to providing excellent service while safely operating in our communities by following these guidelines released by the Department of Education and the Department of Health.

 

Many libraries have or will be shortly be beginning services with curbside service.  Each library is currently making preparations to help ensure patron and staff safety, so some may be able to provide services before others.  The most current information for each library’s status can be found on their Facebook page.  While this will look slightly different at each library, the basics are the same.  You will contact the library or place holds on materials that your library owns in the catalog.  The library will then contact you about setting up an appointment when you can go to the library and pick up your items.  The library will provide more information at that time. At this time, you will only be able to check out materials that are owned by your local library.  A link has been added to the website to help you find those materials,

 

All materials currently out are not due back until June 30!  Many of the libraries have begun to accept returns of materials, but we have enhanced cleaning and quarantining for a minimum of three days so that materials will not be available for checkout immediately upon return, and patrons will continue to see items remaining on their account for a period of days following their return.  No fines will be charged because of this. 

 

As long as gatherings are limited, libraries will be continuing to provide programming virtually.  To see your library’s programs, please check their social media pages for more information, especially their Facebook pages.  Past programs have included story times for kids, informational programs for adults and book talks and digital escape rooms for teens.  In addition, you will have continued access to free online classes through Gale Courses, other electronic resources through POWER Library that include auto repair manuals as well as animated books that read to you while you watch, are geared toward helping early readers learn to read.

Reopening plans as of June 5:

Avella                       Starting June 1 Returns only.  M 10-2/ W 12-4; Th 11-2

Bentleyville             Mon /Tues 10-4, W/Thur 12-6, Fri and Sat 10-3

Burgettstown         Curbside by appointment starting June 1

California                Reg. hours June 20.  Library door will be locked, ring doorbell.

Chartiers-Houston In-person, limited. Sept. 8:  M,T, Th 12-7; F 12-5; S 12-4.  Closed W and Sunday. 

Citizens                   Sept. 14:  12-4 M-W; Th 3-7; F 12-4.  2 computers. No  weekends.

Donora                    Mon-Fri 11-6, social distancing/masks required.

Frank Sarris            June 5 re-opened to the public. August 10: M-Th 10-7; F/S 10-2.  Curbside by                                  appointment. 

Fredericktown       June 5 re-opened to the public. August 10: M-Th 10-7; F/S 10-2.  Curbside by                                         appointment. 

Heritage                  Curbside June 3 & 4; Hours:  Tu. 10-3; W/Th 2-7; Sat. 9-2

Marianna               June 10 weekly SRC kit; public re-opening June 15 M-Th 9-3; Sat 9-4

Monongahela        Sept. 8: open M/W 11-7; T, Th, F, S 11-3.

Peters                     Curbside by appointment M 10-3; W 1-6; F 10-3

Charleroi Area      MTWF: 10:30 – 4:30; Th 2:30 – 6:30; F 10:30- 4:30.  Computer usage by appt only.  Closed   1-2 for lunch/cleaning.