Newton Public Library is open with limited services

Newton Public Library entered Phase 2 of its reopening plan on Monday, June 15, and now offers in-library access and services on the building’s main level.

Copying, faxing, computer use and in-person staff assistance are among the services that have resumed – with limits intended to prioritize the health and safety of patrons, staff and the community at large.

Public computers are available for use, by appointment or first-come, first-served.

Some computer stations had to be removed in order to facilitate social distancing, so sessions are limited to 30 minutes. Job searches, unemployment filings and other job-related tasks receive priority.

Printing, copying and faxing services are also available.

Staff can offer assistance with printing, copying, faxing and computer use, but will need to maintain social distance of at least six feet.

Limited seating at study tables is available. Patrons will be asked to spend no more than 30 minutes at tables, and to conduct extended conversations with community members outdoors in the fresh air.

For everyone’s safety and comfort, please wear a face mask or cloth face covering inside NPL. Face masks are currently required under a countywide order, with exceptions for young children and individuals with disabilities or medical conditions that prevent them from wearing a face cover.

Additionally, patrons are asked to use hand sanitizer, maintain social distance from others, and stay home if sick or exposed to COVID-19.

In-person programs and group meetings are still suspended until further notice. Visit www.newtonplks.org/slp2020, or the NPL Facebook page, for information and updates on online Summer Library Program events and activities.

Library hours for this phase of reopening are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday and Thursday. Public restrooms and drinking fountains are not available during Phase 2.

Borrowing library items

During Phase 2, the shelves are closed to public browsing. Patrons may ask staff members to retrieve books, DVDs and other library items.

For increased convenience, patrons may also place holds via the online catalog at www.newtonplks.org. Follow these steps to place holds online:

• Visit www.newtonplks.org and click on the “Search Catalog” button.

• In the upper right corner of the catalog menu, click “Log in.” Enter your library card number and 4-digit PIN in the provided fields.

• Use the catalog’s search function to find the titles you want. Each item’s listing has a “Place Request” button. Use “Place Request” to put your items on hold.

• Once your holds are placed, staff will retrieve your items. When your items are ready, you will be notified by email, text message or phone call.

• Pick up your holds at the public service desk during library hours.

Patrons who would prefer not to use the website are welcome to call the Library at 316-283-2890, email requests to library@newtonplks.org, or visit in person.

Returning library items

During library hours, patrons may return items in carts located in the front lobby and by the public service desk. After hours, returns should be placed in the exterior dropbox by the front doors.

To protect patrons’ health and safety, returned items are being quarantined for three days before being checked in and returned to circulation. This means waits for popular materials could be longer than usual.