Keeping Safe @ the Library

The safety of staff and Library users is of the utmost importance.

The Library is open for reduced in-person and curbside services. While providing these services, our goal is to keep everyone safe and healthy.

Here is what we are doing to keep you safe:

  • Setting up services to be as contactless as possible.
  • Maintaining 6 feet of physical distance from each other.
  • Wearing masks that cover our nose and mouth at all times.
  • Following cleaning and disinfecting protocols put out by the CDC.
  • Quarantining items when they are returned.

We ask that you do your part to keep our staff and other Library users safe. We ask that you:

  • Wear a face mask or covering over your nose and mouth. Per Gov. Wolf’s orders, anyone entering the building must wear a mask or face covering, with the exception of individuals who cannot due to a medical condition and children under 2 years of age.
  • Make sure your hands are clean or use hand sanitizer.
  • Maintain at least 6 feet of distance from anyone else when you visit. We have reduced the amount of seating and closed the Quiet Reading Area, as well as reduced the amount of computers available.
  • Enter the Library through the south (meeting room) doors and exit through the lobby (main) doors.
  • Keep your visit to under 60 minutes.
  • Return all items in the outside book drops.

We appreciate your help keeping everyone safe and healthy.

Limited Services

There is a limited number of people allowed in the building at any time. Please be aware that you may have to wait to get into the Library.

The Library is open with in-building holds pickup and browsing, item checkout, limited computers and computer time, copying and fax services.

All item returns must be placed in the outside book drops. Staff cannot take items from you and the inside book drop is closed. When you return your items, they will be placed in quarantine for up to a week before being checked in. They will remain on your account during this time, but will be backdated to the date returned upon check in.

The Library’s wifi is available from the parking lot. You are welcome to use the green space in the center of the parking lot for wifi access. Please be courteous and practice social distancing while doing so.

Children’s room toys, the interactive wall, tablets, games, and other services have been removed or shut down.

Seating has been reduced in order to accommodate social distancing.

The number of computers has been reduced to accommodate social distancing. There is also a time limit for computer use.

Meeting rooms are not available at this time.

All programs are virtual; no in-person programs are taking place at this time.

When You Take Items Home

If you are concerned about having Library materials in your home, first, consider switching to digital materials for the time being. eAudiobooks and eBooks, as well as streaming music and videos, are available. Second, consider placing your checked out items aside for a day or two, like you would items that come from the grocery store.

Please do not expose Library materials to disinfectants, extreme heat (like from an oven), microwaves, or other cleaning chemicals/products. All of those things can damage books, CDs, DVDs, and other Library items.

Limited Time In the Building

Please keep your visit to less than one hour, as we must keep building capacity low. We look forward to a future date when you can hang out at the Library, but right now, please plan to come and go quickly.

Computer time is limited to one hour and you must sign in with Library staff.

Congregating, extended sitting, reading, and homework tutoring will not be allowed at this time.

Please do not bring food into the Library. You are welcome to bring drinks in tightly lidded containers. There is a vending machine with small snacks and drinks available, as well as a water cooler for your use.

We appreciate your patience and flexibility as we work together in new ways.

Use the Library From Home

There are many options to use Library services from home.

  • Call the Library at 215.672.4362 to ask questions or place holds. You may also email refwa@buckslib.org with questions.
  • Browse the online catalog and place holds. When notified that your items are available, use curbside pickup [link to curbside page], or come to the library for a quick visit to pick up your holds.
  • Attend our virtual programs.
  • Our download and streaming services, including eBooks, eAudiobooks, videos, music, movies, magazines, and newspapers, are all available
  • Our online research and learning services allow you to research a topic, get live tutoring, take free classes, or find your next great read.
  • Sign up for one of our Reading Challenges. We have various reading challenges this fall and winter for all ages.

Since our faces will be covered, you won’t see our smiles, but be assured, we are very happy to see you.