COVID Reopening Plan

Note: We are currently in Phase 4 as of May 20, 2021

Updated August 13, 2020

Addendum 1

Per City of Paola Ordinance Number 3161, no patrons 6 years of age and older will be admitted inside the library without a properly-fitting face covering. If a patron does not have a face covering, staff will crack the door and hand them one. If a patron removes a face covering or is wearing a face covering improperly inside the library, they will be asked once to correct the situation before they are asked to leave the library.

Addendum 2

At any point during Paola Free Library's reopening process, the progress of phases may be halted or stepped back if the Board of Trustees and the Library Director determine that there is a change in the current health situation in Miami County that warrants increased caution, an insufficient amount of cleaning materials or Personal Protection Equipment available to patrons and staff, or an insufficient amount of staff available to run the library. If any of these situations occur, the Library Director will contact the Board Chairperson first and they will determine how the library should proceed.

  1. Phase 1
  2. Phase 2
  3. Phase 3
  4. Phase 4
  • The building will be closed to the public, but curbside services will be offered.
  • Home delivery will be available to high-risk patrons only and by appointment.
  • Call-in and curbside pickup hours will be:
    • Mondays: 9 to 11 am
    • Tuesday through Friday: 10 am to 7 pm
    • Saturdays: 10 am to 4 pm
    • Patrons will be instructed to return items in the book drop only.
  • Returned items will be quarantined for 3 days.
  • Late fines under $10 will not prevent a patron from checking out materials. This allows for easier curbside transactions.
  • Donations will not be accepted.
  • The statewide library courier may not be running, so patrons may only be able to reserve items owned by Paola Free Library.