Jackson County Libraries Resume In-Person and In-Person Services
MEDFORD, Ore. – Jackson County Library Services announced Monday that all 15 libraries resumed in-person in-person services on Monday, with some continuing limitations.
JCLS closed access to the interior and moved to pickup only in late August, at the height of the wave of Delta variants of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in southern Oregon. With the decline in cases and hospitalizations, the authorities have decided to reopen the doors of the library.
“We all want to get back to normal, even if it’s a new normal. Your libraries want it too, and we will welcome you back to our libraries as long as it continues to be safe to do so, ”said Library Director Kari May. “We hope that the downward trend in new cases and hospitalizations continues and that vaccination rates continue to rise, so that we can keep the doors of our library open for everyone.”
Meeting and study rooms will be available for reservation from Friday, October 15. The number of customers allowed in each branch may also be limited to ensure compliance with physical distancing standards.
Meanwhile, renovations to the second floor of the Medford Library are complete, meaning the upstairs will be open again. New study spaces have been added upstairs and public computers will be moved from the large meeting room to a computer lab on the second floor.
Customers are encouraged to pick up their own catch and use the self-service stations to check books and materials. Children five years of age and older must wear a mask that fully covers their nose and mouth when using all library services as per the Oregon State Mask Mandate.
JCLS said guests who remove their masks in the library will not be allowed to stay in the building, but those who cannot wear a mask for medical reasons can request accommodation to pick up materials outside.
Computers are available during business hours on a first come, first served basis, with a total of 60 minutes of computer use allowed per day. Wireless printing is also available. Those who use computers or other in-person services should wear a mask and follow all other safety protocols.
“While in-person browsing is available, customers are still encouraged to request book advice and personalized recommendations through JCLS Discovery,” JCLS said. “A JCLS staff member will organize a personalized list of up to 15 books for clients within three days, and titles can be put on hold directly from the recommendation list.”
Customers can also browse the online catalog and staff book lists and subscribe to the Library Connect blog to find recommendations, and in-person advice is available at each branch.