Answered By: Missy Williams
Last Updated: May 18, 2020     Views: 179

Thank you to those who have written in to Ask a Librarian Delaware with suggestions on how to open libraries with limited hours and access, or regarding curbside pickup, or other various methods for us to provide our valuable services to our patrons.  We are carefully and thoughtfully reviewing many different options, with safety of our library employees and patrons as our top priority. 

We value and miss our patrons and are looking forward to the day when we can safely reopen library doors.  The Delaware Division of Libraries is closely monitoring and adhering to Governor Carney's directives, local governance, and also continuously reviewing guidance from the American Library Association.

In an effort to maintain the health and safety of our library employees and the communities in which they serve, libraries will reopen only when they are able to do so without causing any risk once the Governor lifts the restrictions in place.  Thank you for understanding.


Take care and stay healthy.  Please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns anytime through our Ask a Librarian Delaware service.

Comments (2)

  1. seems simple to me: supply each library with surgical masks & gloves, allow the staff the option of returning to work now or waiting until the coronavirus is eradicated, with no penalties if they choose to wait. but give the ones who do come back now a bonus or a temporary increase in pay (hazard pay). post signs on the doors stating that nobody without proper PPE will be allowed in. problem solved.
    by Sara Foehner on May 17, 2020.
  2. Hi Sara-thank you for the feedback. We are following Gov. Carney's directives. Please see the website for guidelines for Phase I reopening.
    by Missy Williams on May 18, 2020.

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