Reopening Guidelines

Reopening Guidelines

McKinley Memorial Library is happy to provide materials pickup while keeping both your safety and our safety in mind. All staff have received training and the personal protective equipment necessary to keep themselves, other staff, and the public safe. All employees wear face coverings according to protocols established by the State of Ohio. Library patrons must also follow the statewide mask mandate. The library asks that library patrons observe social distancing.


Will the Library look different?
Yes, the Library will look different than it did before COVID-19. The Library is adhering to all state protocols and distancing guidelines. You will notice furniture has been rearranged for social distancing. Please follow the protocols put into place when visiting to help keep everyone safe.
During the pandemic, the following items will not be available:

  • Chairs (other than at the computer)
  • Game Computers
  • Headphones to use at the computer - please bring your own 
  • In-person programming through the end of the year
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Toys
  • Water Fountain
  • A section of the Library housing Non-Fiction DVDs and some Audiobooks will not be browsable - this area has been cordoned off for staff-only to allow room to quarantine materials

What COVID-19 Protocols are in place?

  • Our new occupancy limit is 12.
  • Face coverings are required to be worn by both staff and patrons. If you are unable to wear a mask due to a medical reason, please contact us to make an appointment during non-open hours.
  • Social distancing is required - please keep six-feet of distance between yourself and others.
  • All high-touch surfaces will be cleaned at the top of the hour.
  • Plexiglass has been installed at all public service desks.
  • All returned items are quarantined for 4 days.
  • Curbside Service will still be available throughout the pandemic.

Can I use the copier?
Yes, the copier will be available for use, but we will not be able to provide change. The copier accepts nickels, dimes, quarters and $1 and $5 bills, and will automatically provide change when making copies. A step-by-step instruction sheet is available. Due to social distancing, staff are unable to provide direct assistance.

Can I send a fax?
Yes, you can send a fax and a step-by-step instruction sheet is available. Due to social distancing, staff are unable to provide direct assistance.

Can I use a computer?
Yes, computers can be reserved for a 45-minute session by calling the reference desk at 330-652-1704 ext. 3. Only 2 computers in adult and 1 computer in the Children's Room will be available due to social distancing requirements. However, there will be 2 chairs at each computer, and you are encouraged to bring someone with you if you need help with the computer. Due to social distancing, staff are unable to provide direct assistance.
Computers and surrounding surfaces will be disinfected after each use.

Can I return my items?
Yes, Book and AV return boxes were reopened on Wednesday, May 20. All returns must be returned in the boxes so that they can be properly handled. Returns are not accepted at Curbside Pickup. An indoor bookdrop is available to return materials inside the Library during open hours.

  • As recommended by the Ohio Library Council, all returned materials will be quarantined for 4 days before being checked in, sanitized, and put away.
  • If the return boxes are full, please do not leave your items. Any items left outside of the return boxes or outside the library building may get damaged.
  • All returned materials during the pandemic will not accrue fines, even if returned late.

Can I put things on hold?
You can place items on hold. Items may also be requested from other CLEVNET locations as the Statewide Library Delivery system has reopened.

Can I pay my fines?
We will not be accepting cash transactions during the pandemic. Fines can be paid through My Account on our website.

Will the library have any programs this summer, like concerts and summer reading?
While all in-person library programming, including concerts and summer reading events, has been canceled through the end of the year, please check our website and Facebook page for information on our online programming. 

Curbside Pickup will still be available, for more information CLICK HERE.

Curbside Pickup

What online resources do you have to offer?
Please check out the many resources we have online:

  • Digital books, movies, and music, available 24-hours a day from OverDrive, Libby, and Hoopla
  • Research Databases such as,, and Transparent Languages
  • Suggestions for reading, listening, and viewing; tech help; and reference questions by emailing or calling (330) 652-1704 ext. 3.

CDC Guidelines for Visiting a Library
Use curbside pickup or choose digital materials

  • Use online reservation and advance-order checkout systems, if possible.
  • Choose digital over print materials, if possible.
  • Request a curbside pick-up if available and use cloth face coverings during pick-up exchanges.

Clean hands when handling shared items or electronics

  • Wash your hands before and after exchanges.
  • Clean and disinfect electronics (laptops) and library materials in plastic containers (CDs, audio books) during returns and/or exchanges.
  • If allowed and available inside the library, use computer stations one person at a time. Ensure they are cleaned before use and use a disinfectant wipe on the mouse and keyboard.

Everyone has a role to play in reducing the spread of COVID-19 and staying healthy. Please stay home if you are exhibiting signs of the flu or if you are not feeling well.

To stay healthy, the CDC and other health agencies recommend:

  • Washing your hands frequently. Wash you hands for 20 seconds or more with soapy water. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home and away from others if you are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces frequently.
  • Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.

Trusted Information Sources
Sharing accurate information from trusted sources is critical to reduce misinformation. Find reliable and current information about the outbreak from local and national agencies below.

Ohio Department of Health
The Ohio Department of Health maintains a website with the up-to-date information on the outbreak, current risk to the public, and links to helpful resources.

ODH has also set up a call center to address questions regarding COVID-19. It is open seven days a week from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. and can be reached at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634).

Centers for Disease Control
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has set up a website with a range of information about the current risk to the public, symptoms to watch for, prevention, testing, and advice for schools, communities and businesses.