OPL’s COVID-19 Safety Precautions

Omaha Public Library's top priority is providing the best service as safely as possible for library patrons and staff. As branches begin reopening on Monday, Sept. 21, patrons can expect to see changes in OPL's guidelines, facilities, and services. These precautions are being taken to mitigate the risk of community spread of COVID-19, opens a new window

Guidelines:

  • We ask all patrons experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 to stay home. Symptoms may include fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and any new loss of taste or smell.
  • Face masks are required of all library visitors ages 5 and older and staff until further notice.
  • Patrons are asked to maintain a physical distance of at least six feet from other people with whom they do not share a home.
  • Library capacity limits will be enforced and visitors are asked to keep their visits as short as possible and to use self-service stations when possible.
  • Any items removed from the shelf should be placed on a cart or table, rather than back on the shelf.
  • Whenever possible, please return items borrowed from the library using the book drops.
  • Returned items will be quarantined for up to six business days and will not appear as immediately returned on your account. You will not be charged late fines for these items due to OPL's quarantine time. 
  • OPL will not accept book donations for the Friends of Omaha Public Library until further notice.

Facilities:

  • All locations will reopen with new hours
  • Branches are professionally cleaned daily. Staff are encouraged to clean frequently-used surfaces throughout the day.
  • Some furniture and toys have been removed from branches.
  • Plexiglass dividers will be in place between staff at information desks and visitors.
  • Meeting and study rooms will not be available for public use until further notice.
  • Computer stations have been physically distanced in accordance with CDC recommendations, opens a new window, therefore, computer sessions will be limited. 
  • Patrons are also encouraged to continue using the boosted WiFi from OPL’s parking lots between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m.

Services:

  • There will be no in-person programming for the remainder of the year, and patrons are invited to join us online for free, virtual programs for all ages. 
  • Test-proctoring services will not be available. 
  • Curbside service will continue, to keep our collection available to all. This option allows patrons to place items on hold through their online account or by calling the library. Once they receive a notification that their items are ready, they can make an appointment to pick them at their library branch. This service will continue after buildings have reopened, and will expand to be offered at all OPL branches during their normal hours. 
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