When Can the Library Safely Reopen?
We know our customers have been eager to get back to the library. As the largest library system in the state with over 4.1 million visits per year, reopening during this pandemic in a way that is safe and responsible is complex. Throughout our closure we have worked closely with public health officials to develop a phased process for reopening that prioritizes the health and well-being of our staff and customers.
Please see below for more information about our approach to reopening.
A Safe & Responsible Approach Reopening
In alignment with Denver public health orders and recommendations from public health officials, Denver Public Library has undertaken a phased approach to reopening with the health and well being of our customers and staff top of mind.
Our stages of reopening are below - we are moving forward in our stages only when it is safe to do so. We can move forward or backward within each stage depending on public health trends and different locations may be in different stages at different times.
All locations of the library, with the exceptions of Smiley and Byers, are currently in Stage 3 of Reopening
Stages of Reopening
Stage 0: Full closure of buildings
In response to COVID-19 all Denver Public Library locations closed to the public and most staff on March 16. Book drops were also closed at this time. No in person services or material returns. Virtual programs and services only.
Stage 1: Limited staff
Limited staff allowed into buildings to perform work that can only be performed in a building. No in person services or material returns. Virtual programs and services only.
Stage 2: Book drops open
Limited staff allowed into buildings to perform work that can only be performed in a building. Book drops are open to the public. Customers are asked to maintain physical distancing requirements and wear face coverings. Materials are quarantined prior to check in. No in person services. Virtual programs and services only.
Stage 3: Limited in-person services
Interior of buildings remain closed to the public. Curbside holds pick up is offered by reservation at locations where it is safe to do so. Customers are asked to maintain physical distancing requirements and wear face coverings. Other services may be offered gradually outdoors at a safe physical distance at some locations such as: laptop usage, grab and go books, walk up reference services.
Stage 4: Limited reopening of buildings to the public
Some locations may be reopened to the public with limited occupancy at this time with physical distancing measures and a face covering requirement in place. Hours will be limited and locations may close for time periods for cleaning. Meeting rooms and study rooms will remain closed. Curbside and outdoor services will continue. In person programming will remain suspended.
Cleaning and Sanitizing
The Denver Public Library is using best practices of the custodial industry along with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE).
Once returned, all materials are quarantined for a minimum of four days prior to check in. All outdoor laptops are cleaned in between each use.
In addition to regular cleaning performed prior to COVID, we are also performing additional daily cleaning including:
- Using an upgraded sanitizing cleaner that is effective against COVID
- Frequently sanitizing high touch surfaces (e.g. door handles and crash bars, tables, handrails, elevator buttons, kitchen surfaces, bathroom countertops & sink handles, computer stations in staff work areas, etc)
- Using an electrostatic sprayer on all hard and soft surfaces throughout the building/department
We will update this page with information as it comes. For more information please visit the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment.