Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19)

Update Tuesday, July 28, 2020:

Due to recent findings of the The REALM Project (REopening Archives, Libraries and Museums), the Cuba Circulating Library’s current 72 hour quarantine protocol for returned library materials is being increased to 96 hours (4 days). This means that items will remain on patron accounts for 4 days after they are returned to the book drop before being discharged. Items coming in the delivery between libraries will also be quarantined for 96 hours.

UPDATE Monday, June 29, 2020:

Starting June 29, the library will be open by appointment only from 10 am to 6 pm Monday – Thursday, and Saturdays from 10 am – 3 pm. Appointments will be for 45 minutes, beginning at the top of each hour. After each 45-minute session, staff will clean and disinfect the library before the start of the next appointments. Patrons may call to make appointments beginning June 23.

Due to social distancing guidelines, admittance will be limited to 14 patrons at a time. For this reason, parents are encouraged to leave small children at home, as they count towards the 14 patron limit. Staff members will wear masks and anyone entering the library will be required to wear a mask. Access to public computers will be limited due to social distancing guidelines.

If the library is not at capacity, “walk in” appointments will be permitted. The front door will remain locked; patrons can call from out front or ring the doorbell.

Curbside pickup service will continue to be available for those who would prefer a no contact experience. Appointments for curbside are no longer necessary, although advanced notice is still required so that staff has time to prepare your order. Patrons may place holds on items they wish to borrow by calling us at (585)968-1668, emailing the library at cuba@stls.org, or using StarCat, the online catalog. Staff members will be happy to recommend or select books for those who aren’t sure what they want to read. Once the items have been pulled, staff members will contact patrons to let them know that items are available for pick-up. After patrons arrive at the library, they may call to let staff know they have arrived. A library staff member will verify the last four digits of the patron’s library card, then place the order on a table outside the front door. Once the staff member has gone back into the library, the patron may exit their vehicle and pick up the items from the table.

Outside organizations should continue to make alternative arrangements for meeting space.

UPDATE Monday, June 1, 2020:

Starting today, June 1, books and other items borrowed from the library may be returned to the library’s book drop. Staff wearing personal protection equipment will remove these materials and quarantine them for three days before they are checked back in. These items will stay on a patron’s account for three days after they are returned, but this is only due to the library’s quarantine procedure. There will be no late fees on any items placed in quarantine.

Thursday, March 12, 2020:

The outbreak of the COVID-19, the disease caused by the Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), raises many concerns for Cuba Circulating Library. We see many people every day and feel responsible for their well-being. Simultaneously we are concerned about our health and the health of our coworkers.
The Cuba Library has more than 2,800 visitors each month. More than 1,900 items cross our desk on a monthly basis. That translates into a lot of personal interactions by many, many people, every day we are open.
We continue to explore what we as an organization need to do so we can continue serving the public while keeping everyone healthy and safe. We will follow the guidance of our local and county leaders.
Below are some guidelines for staff and patrons, as well as some resources for further information.

What We’re Doing at the Library

+ Staff members will wear masks when interacting with the public and in situations where social distancing cannot be maintained.
+ At the end of each desk shift, staff members should disinfect hard surfaces.
+ Staff members are directed to wash their hands at the end of a shift or when going on break.
+ Facilities staff have been directed to disinfect all hard surfaces on a regular basis, including surfaces in meeting and study rooms.
+ Staff members wear PPE when removing library materials from the book drop. Items are placed on a cart and quarantined for 72 hours before being discharged and placed back into circulation on the library shelves.
+ When possible, library cards and outgoing materials will be scanned in the patron’s hands or on the desk with minimal physical handling.
+ Staff members will disinfect hard surfaces and public computers between patron appointments.
+ Staff members will wear PPE when assembling Summer Reading packets & packages for patrons.
+ Members of the public and staff are encouraged to stay home if they are sick.
+ Limit physical touching.
+ Conduct programming in a virtual environment whenever possible.
+ No food served at programs.
+ Clean hard surfaces before and after programs.

What Can You Do as a Patron

+ Wear a mask while inside the library building.
+ Sanitize your hands upon entry to the building and before you leave.
+ Return all library materials in the outside book drop.
+ If you have a fever and are sick, stay home.
+ Maintain 6 ft of social distance from library staff and other patrons.
+ If you are using our meeting room space, make sure that all those who attend are well.
+ Cough into a tissue or into the bend of your arm.
+ Wash your hands regularly after using public computers and borrowing material.
+ Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, or nose.
+ Spread the word, and remind friends and family that the library is a trusted source for accurate information.
+ Utilize the library’s online resources, such as Overdrive and RBDigital, for access to eBooks and eMagazines.

Resources For Additional Information About Covid-19

New York Forward – NYS reopening plan

CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019 Information Site 

CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019 Frequently Asked Questions

NY State Department of Health Coronavirus Disease 2019 Webpage 

World Health Organization Coronavirus Disease Webpage

FBI Urges Vigilance During COVID-19 Pandemic

Allegany County NY Covid-19 Resources for Businesses and Individuals

Allegany County NY Health Department Covid-19 Health Notices & Press Releases

Allegany County NY Health Department

Free and Low-Cost Internet Plans

The National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA) has compiled a list of internet service providers who have responded to the COVID-19 outbreak with new or improved discount broadband plans. Please be aware that we are unsure how long these plans will be made available. This list can be found by clicking here