Dear patrons and community members,

We hope you find this communication safe and in good health. The East Cleveland Public Library’s highest priority is the health and well-being of library users, volunteers, and staff. The library’s Board of Trustees and the library’s management team is planning for a re-opening of the library (with limited services) to the public on Monday, June 22, 2020.

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As things are changing quickly, the library will continue to work closely with the Ohio Library Council and the Ohio Department of Health to determine if other actions are warranted or the re-opening date must change.

Please check the library’s website and social media for updates.

To help ensure that our library is safe and welcoming to all, we have implemented a strategy that prioritizes the best practices of the prevention of the COVID-19.

Staff will be wearing face masks and visitors to the library must also wear face masks. We expect all persons inside the library to practice social distancing, meaning standing 6 feet apart. In response to the State of Ohio’s Emergency declaration and recommendation that non-essential gatherings be canceled, we are canceling all library programs until further notice. We are also closing our public meeting rooms to outside use until further notice.

You will find hand sanitizer throughout the library and our restrooms have plenty of hot water and soap for washing hands. We are doubling down on our cleaning of high-touch areas, such as door handles, stair railings, public computers, and other surfaces. There is COVID-19 information posted throughout the library building.

Remember – here are a few things you can do to help take care of your health and help protect others:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water (20 seconds of scrubbing), or use alcohol-based hand cleaners (cover all surfaces and rub until dry).
  • Cough/sneeze into a tissue. Dispose of used tissues immediately into a trash can. If you do not have a tissue, cough/sneeze into the crook of your elbow, not your hands.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, which accelerates the spread of infections.
  • If you are not feeling well, please stay home.

We thank you for your continued support and for helping keep East Cleveland Public Library safe and welcoming.

Stay healthy!

Zakee Ameer Rashid

President, Board of Trustees