PWPL is Open for Express Walk-in Sept 28
At PWPL, we have worked hard to create a community living room for our patrons — a place to come when you need quiet companionship. Though we have to put that mission on hold, we are excited about the opportunities we can offer the community now. Our express walk-in service will mean patrons can come inside the library to browse the shelves for books, movies, and other materials, while also getting the library services they have come to expect. Here are the hours we will be available for visiting in person. Please limit your time inside the library to one hour.
Monday – Wednesday: 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Thursday – Saturday: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
We have hand sanitation stations around the open areas of the building for you to use. Please clean your hands upon arrival and then after you leave for best practices.
Please Adhere to Safety Guidelines
While we would love to see your beautiful smiles, we know we have to wait a bit longer to do so. When you visit the library, please adhere to the 6 feet social distancing rules, wear a mask over your mouth and nose, and stay home when you feel unwell. Masks are required at all times. If you forget yours, we will provide one with you for the duration of your visit. Please limit your time to one hour; this ensures everyone has access during the allotted open time.
What to Expect When Visiting PWPL
You now have the option to pick up your holds inside. This includes family packs, school packs, Library in a Bag, and individual holds. Youth materials can be found downstairs, and adult materials will be on the main floor near the checkout desk.
We at the library will promise to do as much as we can to keep patrons and staff safe and healthy, so our doors can remain open during these times. When approaching the circulation desk, check the floor to see designated spots where you can stand safely six feet away from another person. When you see us, we will all be wearing masks. The circulation department will be behind plexiglass to keep everyone as safe as possible during material checkouts and other in-person needs.
The building may also look a little different, and certain spaces will be closed to visitors. The Huron Mountain Gallery, the Periodical Reading Room and Sister Cities Room, vending area, Youth Services Play area, and all our meeting rooms, except the Community Room, will be closed. The East Library Doors are also closed at this time.
How to Handle and Return Materials
When browsing, use your eyes rather than your hands. If you touch an item that you aren’t going to take home, don’t replace it on the shelf. Instead, put it on a browse cart for quarantine. Because this process takes those materials out of circulation for others, it’s best to touch only items you expect to bring home. Remember to use the six feet rule in the stacks to give everyone plenty of room.
Please do not bring materials to the drop slots at the circulation desk. As we have done with our curbside service, we will continue to quarantine returned materials. Because of this, we are asking that you return materials to the PWPL parking lot book drop or the one located just inside the entryway on the right side. Other drop boxes available to deposit materials include Sands Park, the Westwood Mall (Near main entrance), Chocolay Township Hall, and outside the Skandia Township Hall.
You Can Still Use Curbside Services
If you aren’t ready to come inside, that’s no problem. We will still offer curbside pickup. As always, please ask if there are services you need, and we will find a way to help you. From our designated legal computer kiosk to printing and faxing, we will work with you to ensure you can access the materials and services you need.
Thank You — and Thanks for Your Patience as We Move Forward
As we continue to learn more about the virus that has upset our life, we will continue to evolve our policies. Thanks in advance for your patience. We look forward to seeing you soon.