In preparation for reopening, the library staff is working with City of Troy staff to create plans and policies to ensure the safety of the employees and the public. This is our highest priority.
Current plans include a phased reopening, based first and foremost on any directive from the Governor’s office and/or the Oakland County Health Department. Staffing also plays a role as all staff are required to remain socially distant. This limits how many people we can have at one time in any given work area of the Library.
At some future date, we will reopen the Library to the public, but it is impossible to attach a date to that as yet. Much depends on direction from the Governor and the Oakland County Health Department, including building capacity and number of people allowed to gather in one spot. We are in the process of updating the Library’s physical space to accommodate social distancing for staff workstations and for patrons, as well as intensive safety protocols.
Phase 1: Date TBD
TPL’s first phase will be the acceptance of returns of library materials. There are currently 40,000 items checked out from the TPL. Our plan is to accept returns via the outside (not drive up) dropboxes that are attached to the library, near the front entrance. All returned materials will be quarantined for 72 hours before they are checked in.
Phase 2: Date TBD
Contactless curbside pickup of holds is the second phase. While there is not yet an official date when this will begin, we will publish a timeline when this information is available.