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Westlake Porter Public Library will reopen the building for patrons to browse the collection on Wednesday, June 17 at 9 am. At this time, we will cease curbside service in lieu of our drive-up window on the south side of the building. The first hour of the day, 9 -10 am Monday through Saturday, will be set aside for older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions.
Because WPPL takes the safety of its patrons and staff seriously, physical distancing guidelines and a continued reduction in some services will be in place to provide a safe environment for everyone. Hand sanitizer stations will be available throughout the building. The changes and reduction of services listed below stem from the need to continue physical distancing but also to ensure that we can keep the building as clean as possible and have staff focus on keeping high traffic areas sanitized.
Based on recommendations from the Ohio Department of Health and the CDC, and approved by the County Prosecutor’s Office, all staff and patrons over the age of two will be required to wear a face covering while in the building. Those that cannot wear a face covering can be served through our telephone reference and drive-up window services.
Internet use will remain by appointment only. If an appointment is not made in advance, there is no guarantee a computer will be available.
Meeting Room usage and in-person programs will remain on hold while the state’s ban on mass gatherings of more than 10 people remains in place. We will continue to offer high quality programs virtually through Zoom and our social media platforms.
Areas of the library have been modified to accommodate physical distancing. Patrons will be encouraged to use self-check. You will need to have your library card and PIN to use the self-check stations.
Tables and chairs have been temporarily removed due to the difficulty of ensuring they can be properly sanitized between uses. Magazines will be available for checkout, but newspapers will not be available since they cannot practically be quarantined for three days after use like all other library materials.
Children ages 15 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and there will be a limit of 80 patrons in the building at any one time.
Portables Gift Shop and the Book Nook will remain closed for the time being. Both are staffed exclusively by volunteers and the funds they raise go directly back to support the library’s mission. The Café will also remain temporarily closed while our “browsing only” and “no food and drink” policies are in place.
While curbside service and computer use have been well received, we know people are anxious to come into the building and browse the collection for themselves. We are excited to welcome the community back to the library and are hopeful that if we all follow these guidelines, we can create an atmosphere that prioritizes safety while also providing access to the collection.
In order to prepare the building and ensure the health and safety of patrons and staff, Westlake Porter Public Library will be delaying the use of computers in the building to Monday, May 18. WPPL apologizes for the delay but wants to take the proper precautions while reconfiguring computer stations and finalizing a cleaning protocol. Curbside service and telephone reference are currently available. Patrons can pick-up materials placed on hold through a contactless process. All returns are to be made in the drive-thru book drop. As always, WPPL appreciates your patience.
Starting Monday, May 11, Westlake Porter Public Library will offer free monthly Homebound Delivery services for Westlake residents who are unable to safely visit the library due to a temporary or permanent condition. All deliveries will be contactless to ensure the safety of our patrons and staff. For more information or to register for our Homebound Delivery service, please contact the Outreach department at 440-250-5448.
Westlake Porter Public Library will begin Curbside Pickup Service on Thursday, May 7. Patrons may pick up available holds during the library’s regular hours. Holds for materials can be placed online using our catalog, or by calling the library. Patrons must wait until they receive an available hold pickup notification via email, text, or phone before coming to the library.
To pick up holds, park in one of the marked curbside pickup spaces in front of the building, call the Library and provide your name and parking spot number. A library staff member will bring out your holds and place them in the trunk of your vehicle. A space for Bike-up and Walk-Up patrons will also be provided.
The drive-up book drop will remain open. Materials must be returned in the book drop to allow safe handling and a period of quarantine.
On behalf of Porter Public Library Board of Trustees and Staff, thank you for your patience while our building has been closed to comply with the State of Ohio’s Stay-At-Home Order. This past Monday, April 27, Governor DeWine laid out a plan for businesses and organizations to reopen. On Tuesday the Board of Trustees approved the Library’s plan to begin bringing back in-person services while ensuring we continue to be mindful of the health and safety of both our patrons and staff.
The Library will begin reopening procedures starting the week of May 3. Curbside service and telephone reference will begin later that week, with an official start date to be announced. WPPL staff will begin cleaning the building and preparing materials for circulation. When curbside service begins, patrons will be able to pick up new or existing holds by parking in one of several parking spaces in front of the building. Patrons will then be able to call the library and provide their name and parking spot number. A WPPL staff member will bring out the materials in a plastic bag and place them in the trunk of the patrons’ vehicle. Any materials returned to the Library will be quarantined for 72 hours.
Curbside service and telephone reference services are the first part of a gradual plan to reopen Westlake Porter Public Library. The second part will consist of opening the building for computer use on Tuesday, May 12. Patrons will call the library to reserve a computer for a specific time and day. Patrons reserving a computer must have a library card, no guest passes. There will be a limit of one person to a computer but there may be exceptions for two family members working together.
The final step in reopening WPPL will be opening the entire building. The timeline for this final step will occur in accordance with guidelines laid out by state and local governments in order to ensure the safety of WPPL patrons and staff.
We look forward to seeing you at the library!
Director, Westlake Porter Public Library
In the interest of public safety and to follow the guidelines provided by Governor DeWine, Westlake Porter Public Library is targeting April 30, 2020 to reopen. WPPL will continue to evaluate the situation and take the recommendations of Local, State and Federal Government and Health Agencies into consideration when making any decisions regarding the library’s closure. Programming, events and meetings originally scheduled through April 30 are also canceled.
We are certainly aware of how much people rely on their public library for reading, listening, and viewing materials as well as Internet connections and meetings spaces. However, we believe the risk of helping to spread the virus, even with proper social distancing practices in place, is too great to reopen at this time. We appreciate your continued understanding and we look forward to opening as soon as it is safe to do so.
Please continue to visit this page for updates. WPPL provides access to digital content such as ebooks, audiobooks, streaming video and much more. Visit our Download & Stream and Shelter in Place pages for resources. Remember to like WPPL on Facebook and follow WPPL on Twitter at for live and streaming content such as storytimes, recommendations and more!
Westlake Porter Public Library is cancelling all programs, storytimes, meeting room reservations, and outreach services effective Friday, March 13 through Sunday, April 5 in order to limit the spread of Coronavirus or COVID-19. Study rooms will be limited to a maximum occupancy of two people. Regular library activities will resume on Monday, April 6.
The library will remain open. However, WPPL advises patrons not to visit the library if they are sick or at risk of contracting the virus.
Patrons can still make use of the library’s digital content, the drive-thru pick-up, drop-off and the after-hours lockers. WPPL also has a new mobile app available for download from the App Store or Google Play Apps.