DEARBORN — Henry Ford Centennial Library reopened to the public Oct. 20 with limited hours and COVID-19 safety precautions in place.
HFCL, the city’s main library, had been closed since May 2019 for extensive renovations and for an additional time due to the pandemic. Opening to the public is a significant milestone, Library Director Maryanne Bartles said.
“We have been doing a good job of serving the public via curbside pickup and through all of our robust online and digital resources,” Bartles said. “And now we are glad to resume our in-person services in a cautious and reasonable way. We know residents have been waiting to come back, and with strict protocols, we are ready to welcome them.”
Curbside pickup will also continue at HFCL for those who don’t want to enter the building.
Patrons can visit HFCL at the following times, which match the curbside pickup hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 2 to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Patrons are asked to remain in the building for no more than an hour. Only the second floor will be open to the public. Group study rooms and individual study booths will not be available.
In addition, the following protocols designed to keep employees and patrons safe:
• Patrons must stop at the Welcome Desk to complete a health screening form and have their temperatures checked.
• Masks covering the nose and mouth must be worn at all times. Vented masks are not acceptable.
• Patrons not belonging to the same household should remain six feet apart at all times. Family groups visiting should consist of no more than three people.
• Patrons may browse the shelves, checkout library material, or use a public computer (the number of available computers is very limited).
• Patrons should continue to return all material to the outside drop box at HFCL so that it can easily be quarantined before being recirculated.
All MeLCat requested material will be available for pickup at HFCL either through an in-person visit or through curbside pickup. Continue to return all MeLCat material to the drop box at HFCL.
For additional information, contact MeLCat Services at [email protected]
Patrons are encouraged to continue to use the library’s digital media services as well as online resources.
For more information regarding curbside pickup, go to https://dearbornlibrary.org/wordpress/curbside-pickup.
Subject to change
Library operations are subject to change depending on health and safety conditions and state mandates. Go to www.Dearbornlibrary.org for updates.