Harbor Springs Library

Open to the Public Since 1894

206 S. Spring St.
Harbor Springs, MI 49740


The Harbor Springs Library will be reopening for curbside service beginning June 15th. The building will remain closed to the public to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our community. The following is our reopening strategy:


The Stay Home, Stay Safe order closes all places of public accomodation in Michigan including libraries in order to protect both employees and the public from the spread of the COVID-19 virus. When the order lifts, at the discretion of the director, the Harbor Springs Library will begin a slow and deliberate reopening process in two flexible phases. 


Phase 1- Contactless Curbside Pickup with a table outside to reduce face to face interaction. Staff only inside the library and only one at a time. Limited hours at the director's discretion. Note: this begins only after restrictions are lifted and when our staff is comfortable returning to the building and may last months before moving to Phase 2. Continue inventory, side projects. Regular handwashing to be required by staff, and hand sanitizer made available. Masks given to staff for outdoor segment. Gloves given to staff for return processing (see below).


Phase 2- Limited hours, limited number of people inside the library. Strict social distancing measures and cleaning mandates detailed below.  Public hours may be phased in over a few weeks. Note: May not be the case until well into summer if not later. To remain flexible- may need to move back to Phase 1 if it proves too difficult.

*According to CDC guidelines, there may be 8 or fewer people inside the library given our square footage in order to maintain social distancing. Sign on door stating this and strict adherence by staff. Include staff in that number. 


1.  Staff Responsibilities once we open (Phase 2 and may apply to Phase 1)

    1. Checking/logging temperature before each shift on daily health department questionaire. If staff member has temperature over 99 or is displaying symptoms, they must go home as per CDC guidelines. (Phase 1 and 2)
    2. Following health department guidelines, staff must wear masks if patrons or other staff members are in the building- this is to protect patrons or other staff. We will post on the door that we would prefer patrons to also wear masks. (Phase 2)
    3. Staff that can work from home should be encouraged to do so. No staff overlap between shifts. Any communication should be done electronically or by phone. (Phase 1 and 2)
    4. Enforcing social distancing and group limits within library (see below). (Phase 2)
    5. Daily cleaning throughout the day and after each shift of any high traffic areas with designated sanitation solution (see below). (Phase 1 and 2)

2. Cleaning the Library (Phase 2)

    1. Disinfecting tables and chairs throughout the day with - after each patron leaves desk.
    2. Disinfecting public laptops between use by each patron
    3. Disinfecting bathroom throughout the day- sink handles, door handles, toilet. 
    4. Disinfecting computer, phone, mouse, date stamp, desk surface between staff shifts. 
    5. Every day: disinfecting elevator, stairway railing, all high-touch surfaces. (Phase 1 and 2)

3.   Social Distancing- stricly enforced by staff and signage throughout library (Phase 2)

    1. Posted limit on door: number of people allowed inside at one time
    2. Patron checkout chair removed from circulation desk or moved 6 feet back.
    3. Plexiglass shield to be arranged on circulation desk for checking out materials.
    4. Rearranging desks to space out patrons. Fewer chairs around desks. Space out reading chairs. 
    5. Toys, puzzles, and puppets to be temporarily removed from children’s area

4.  Checking books in and out (Phase 1 and 2)

    1. All items to be returned in the book drop. Returned items to be placed on holding shelf for 72 hours before being wiped down with designated sanitizing solution, allowed to dry, checked in, then reshelved. PPE provided.
    2. Curbside procedure: Patrons to reserve items online or by phone then call upon arrival at the library. Librarian to pull items and place in a paper bag with the patrons name. When patron arrives at the library, the librarian will deliver the bag to a table placed outside the entry then return inside. Once the librarian has returned to the building, the patron may retrieve their items. 

4.  Programming

    1. No in-person programming. 
    2. Virtual programming: Story time in accordance with individual publisher requirements, moving to a closed platform after the schoolyear.

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