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COVID-19 Safety + Procedures
For the safety of our patrons, staff, and community members, the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library System has enacted a variety of procedures during the novel COVID-19 pandemic. The library system and branches have re-opened as of July 2020 to fully operational hours, but have placed limits on certain services and are following all current guidelines to promote social distancing. Listed below are actions the library system has taken to mitigate the spread of germs to create a safe space for further library services.
  • All library locations encourage masks to be worn at all times while inside CLPLS buildings and social distancing is also encouraged.
  • Full contactless curbside services still available upon request.
  • Protective screens have been placed at circulation desks to protect staff and library patrons alike.
  • Library computer stations are limited to 45-minute sessions, with disinfection occurring between patron usage. 
  • Study spaces are provided for students enrolled in virtual schooling.
  • Public restrooms are open for use and disinfected on a rotating schedule.
  • The Columbus-Lowndes Public Library System's Buckley Genealogy Room and the Billups-Garth Archives (Local History department) is open by appointment only until further notice.  
  • Additional sanitation stations have been added to the Columbus-Lowndes Library System branches.
  • Temporary library cards are still available via our Library Card Application page for those looking to access digital resources.
  • Virtual programming is now offered via the library's Facebook page and other platforms. Check our library calendar for information on upcoming events. 
  • Take-and-make Crafternoon-to-Go kits are provided for children, teens, and adults at the Columbus-Lowndes library branch. These are free prepared kits with instructions for patrons to take home with them.
  • In addition to our physical location services, the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library has added a variety of resources to our Digital Library for our patrons and community members to access at any time from the comfort of their own homes.