Cass County Public Library Phased Reopening

The question we have received the most is when will the library reopen? The short answer is we do not have a date yet. All library branches and bookdrops remain closed until further notice. When the Cass County Public Library does reopen, it will occur in phases. We will continue to monitor important updates related to COVID-19 and follow recommendations from our trusted health care professionals as we progress through the reopening phases. The library will not re-open until there is a downward trajectory or influenza-like illnesses reported in a 14-day period, according to the Opening Up America Again guidelines.

The beginning phase will include allowing only staff members back into the buildings for reopening preparation such as moving/removing furniture, sanitizing workspaces, pulling patron holds, and providing all staff members with personal protective equipment and training. Cass County Public Library is waiting to receive protective gear and equipment for staff, such as face masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer.

The second phase includes reopening bookdrops as well as exploring contactless library services. All returned items will have to be quarantined, since the virus can remain alive on surfaces for 72 hours. The library will not enter this phase until personal protective equipment and other safety equipment are in place. Contactless curbside pickup for available holds will start on Monday, May 18th. Items can be returned in outside bookdrops starting on May 18th as well. Find out more about curbside here.

The third phase will involve branches reopening on a limited basis. We will follow regulations set by the state and county regarding social distance and building occupancy limits. In-person events and large gatherings will not be possible. The Genealogy branch and Bookmobile will not be open to the public.

The final phase will be reopening to pre-pandemic conditions, or as close as we can. That will include lifting the social distancing requirements and returning to all regular library operations with few to no restrictions.

We want to provide the best service we can while still keeping those in our communities safe. Until we reopen, you can access our more popular resources here. Thank you for your patience. Be safe, and we can’t wait to see you all again!

If you have any questions, please contact us at asklib@casscolibrary.org.