Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

What is the Library doing? 

The Maury County Public Library is open in a limited capacity starting Monday, May 18th at both the Columbia and Mt. Pleasant locations. The Libraries will continue to offer over-the-phone and online reservation/pick-up of books and other materials. In order to keep our patrons safe and adhere to state/federal guidelines, we will be: 

  • Limiting the number of patrons in the library. 
    • We will only be allowing 10 patrons in the library at a time for browsing/computer usage.
  • Limiting time in the library. 
    • Patrons will be limited to 1 hour in the library. Patrons will receive a polite ’10 minute warning’ when they near their time limit.
  • Limiting computer time.
    • Patrons will be given 30 minutes to use the computers. Staff will disinfect the computer workstation(s) between patrons.
  • Limiting seating
    • Seating has been removed from the library/made inaccessible. This is in an effort to encourage judicious use of your time in the library.
  • Self-checkout 
    • Patrons will be directed to the self-checkout station. We will not pass materials between staff and patrons, nor check out patrons, unless absolutely necessary. 
  • Library cards
    • We will still issue library cards, but will do so at a safe distance. We will not need proof of residency or an ID at this time to decrease the amount of contact.
  • Library programming
    • All in-person library programming is still suspended. This means no one using meeting rooms, no in-person storytime, no use of library facilities for gatherings, etc. We will direct patrons to our online programming via Facebook/Instagram/Website.
  • Returning to regular check-out periods
    • We will return to regular lending periods as of May 18th.
  • Use the book drop to return materials
    • In an effort to minimize contact, please use the bookdrop to return your materials. Staff will not accept materials at the desk.
  • Contactless pickup
    • We will continue to offer contactless pickup for patrons who do not feel comfortable using the library facilities.

Where can I find information on COVID-19?

The Maury County Public Library is committed to providing you links to authoritative, trusted information to help you stay informed - especially in regards to the coronavirus outbreak. While the Library cannot provide medical advice, we can provide you with some helpful links:

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website has a vast array of information regarding the coronavirus, including steps on how to prevent illness, coronavirus cases in the US, and information for individuals traveling.
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html 

The Tennessee Department of Health has information about the coronavirus outbreak specific to Tennessee, including the number of cases in the state/individual counties, the number of coronavirus tests administered, and guidance for businesses.
https://www.tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov.html  

Additionally, the State of Tennessee has set up a website with COVID-19 related information at https://www.tn.gov/governor/covid-19.html 

Johns Hopkins University has put together an interactive, up to date map to track reported cases of coronavirus worldwide. https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html 

What measures can I take to stay safe?

The Maury County Public Library encourages everyone to follow the advice from the CDC, including:

  • Stay at home unless you have necessary/essential business to conduct
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds - after touching shared items, after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Stay at least 6 feet apart from others 
  • Stay home if you are sick