As our library buildings reopen, we have some guidelines in place for our users:
Everyone entering the Williamsburg Library or the James City County Library age 3 and up will be required to wear a face covering and agree to a health survey. Individuals who cannot medically tolerate wearing a mask or face covering are asked to call the library at 757.741.3300, option 2 before visiting so that reasonable accommodations for service can be made.
Please do not gather in groups with anyone outside of your household.
We ask that you keep your library visit to one hour or less for the safety of staff and library users.
Here are some of the changes to expect as we reopen our doors:
Because of staffing limitations and the need for enhanced sanitation measures, we are reopening with reduced hours. Our current schedule is Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Thursday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.. Library facilities will be closed on Sunday.
Entrances and Capacity
Social distancing requirements mandate that we limit the number of people in the buildings. To enable easier monitoring of occupancy limits at the Williamsburg Library, the Scotland St. and Theatre entrances will be closed and users are asked to use the main entrance on City Square.
Hand sanitizer will be available at library entrances and users are encouraged to use that and to wash hands frequently. The library has intensified cleaning of the library buildings and will continue to quarantine returned items for 3-5 days. Returned items may appear on user’s account for up to 5 days after they are returned while they are quarantined prior to being checked in.
Introducing A New Way to Check Out
Our new self-check out system is easy and convenient — simply scan your library card then place your stack of items on the pad and you’re ready to go! No need to scan each item individually, as this new system can register many items at once. Self-check out saves you time, and minimizes WRL staff contact with your items, making our library more efficient and hygienic. Be sure to bring your library card or use the WRL app to store your card number. You can also pay fines and fees right in the app.
Grab Your Holds and Go
Now that our buildings are open, you can pickup your hold items inside. Due to the continued need to minimize WRL staff contact with library materials, we are introducing self-pickup of materials placed on hold. Come to the library location you selected for your hold and head to the designated hold pickup area and locate your items, then check them out through our new self-check out system.
Though the library buildings are reopening, we’ve made the decision not to resume in-person library programming quite yet. We will be continuing to offer a robust line-up of virtual programs, a full schedule of which can be found at www.wrl.org/events.
Please note that we are not currently taking meeting room reservations, and we don’t yet have a date by which we anticipate resuming that operation. Thank you for your patience as we iron out how best to make all of our library spaces available in a way that is responsible and prioritizes community health and safety.
In accordance with social distancing guidelines, we have rearranged our computer stations in order to give each remaining station a minimum buffer of six feet on all sides.
Seating and Study Tables
You will notice that we have rearranged many of our seating areas and study tables to comply with social distancing guidelines. Please try to always maintain at least 6 feet of space from other users.
Due to the tactile nature of our children’s play areas, we’ve made the decision to keep those areas of the library closed for now in order to limit the spread of germs via surfaces. All toys have been removed, and we ask that you refrain from touching any fixed play elements that remain in place.
Our touchless curbside pickup service, WRL To-Go, will continue to be offered even after library buildings reopen. Simply place the items you want on hold and once they are available we will contact you about making an appointment to retrieve them from the library building of your choice. For more information about how this system works, head to www.wrl.org/wrl-to-go.
The Friends of WRL are accepting donations. There are some new guidelines for donations in response to the pandemic situation: