The Library and the COVID-19 Virus

Updated 8/1/2020

The Library is Open

The Library opened for visits on June 1.  

Hours:

Monday-Thursday, 10:00 am-8:00 pm, 

Friday 10:00 am-4:00 pm, and 

Saturday 12:00-4:00 pm.  

What we are doing to keep patrons and staff safe

Our staff are committed to keeping you safe when you visit the library.  All staff will wear face masks when interacting with patrons and practice careful hand hygiene when handling books.  We have installed sneeze guards at circulation desks and have rearranged furniture and shelves to encourage social distancing.  For the time being all of the educational toys, the Awe Station, and the Ipad in the children’s room have been put away. Where shelves are low, we have installed additional barriers to help prevent the transfer of germs. We have also reduced the number of available public computers so that we can space them appropriately, and have put away the beanbag chairs that were in the teen corner.  For the time being we are not allowing children and teens to use public access computers unless they can demonstrate that they are using them to complete online classes.

Starting June 1st we encourage patrons to return items in the outside drop box or in a designated bin within the Library, instead of returning them to the circulation desk as in the past.  This will allow us to quarantine items for 72 hours before they are handled by staff and recirculated.

We encourage patrons to be respectful of staff and other patrons by staying home if they have any symptoms of illness,  wearing masks while visiting, using proper hand hygiene, and maintaining social distancing as much as possible while in the Library. We also encourage you to avoid touching items that you don’t plan to check out.  If you do pick up an item, and decide not to check it out, please return it to a designated cart so we can disinfect it before placing it back on the shelf.

Curbside Pickup for High-risk or Quarantined Patrons

If you are in a high risk category, or if you are quarantined because of COVID-19, you can arrange for curbside pickup of library items.  Place items on hold using the online catalog, and then call the circulation desk, (801-772-4528) to arrange a pickup time.  It may take up to 24 hours after you place a hold on an item currently on the shelf, for us to have it ready for pickup.

Library Programs

Weekly library programs will resume September 1st.  Programs will be held in the Council Chambers to allow for more social distancing.  Patrons must pre-register for all Library programs so that we can limit numbers to allow for social distancing.  We encourage you to wear masks to all library programs. Only Highland Library Card holders may register for programs.  If you have a library card from Lehi, American Fork, Eagle Mountain, or Pleasant grove, please attend programs in your home library.

Online Resources

We are proud to continue to offer excellent online resources that are always available. Patrons can checkout e-books/e-audiobooks. Hover over the Research/Learn link to see the amazing informational databases available to card holders, especially the new Learning Express Library.