On Monday, March 14, we will begin a 3 month pilot project in which we will open the main part of the library from 8AM – 9AM, Monday – Friday. During this extra hour of time customers will be required to wear a mask.
This extra hour of service time was created for two main reasons. The first reason is to provide some time during the week in which we require masks for everyone in the public space. We have had requests from members of the public for such a time. Opening early Monday – Friday allows us to do this at consistent times and without adding this restriction into our regular hours.
We have also had many requests over the years to have earlier hours for customers who wish to pick something up on their way to work, or who just want to use the library before 9AM. This time will be available for anyone to come into the main part of the library, provided they wear a mask. If someone is here before 9AM but doesn’t want to wear a mask, they can wait in the rotunda or any other area south of the Circulation Plaza.
During the extra hour we’re open, we will have a security staff member in the Circulation Plaza letting customers know that they need to wear a mask until at least 9AM. We’ll also have two Public Services staff members in the main section of the library to help oversee everything and answer questions.
This time will be considered a self-service time. Staff will be available to help people get started and answer basic questions, but more in-depth questions or extended one-on-one help with computers will need to wait until 9AM. The Gallery, the Topeka Room, and the cafe passthrough will not open until 9AM.
We will evaluate this after 90 days and determine whether to continue or end this service. A big thanks to the staff in Public Services and Security who will be working the floor at this time and making it possible.