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Posted on: March 22, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Library Moves Cautiously Toward Pre-pandemic Operations


Beginning, Friday, March 26, Rawlins Municipal Library will eliminate in-person programming limits and lift age restrictions for library patrons.

“We’re moving to the final phase of our pandemic reopening plan,” said Robin Schrupp, Library Director. “This means our in-person programming will return to normal, and kids between first and fifth grades can be in the library without a parent or guardian.”

After closing the library to foot traffic during the early stages of the pandemic, the library has systematically loosened restrictions to provide services to the community. Most recently, in-person programming was limited to nine people per session and those under fifth grade needed to be accompanied by a guardian while at the library. 

According to Schrupp, this most recent change in operations isn’t an indicator that the pandemic is over.

“To keep patrons and staff safe, we will absolutely still have safety precautions in place. We’ll continue with disinfecting, providing hand sanitizer, separating spaces with Plexiglas, and encouraging mask use,” said Schrupp. 

Some of the changes spurred by the pandemic are expected to remain part of library operations into perpetuity. 

“We purchased two ultraviolet light sanitizing machines for all of our books,” said Schrupp. “They sanitize the pages within the books. Regardless of the pandemic, we’ll continue to use the machines.”

While the library was closed to foot traffic, it offered curbside service to its patrons.  That curbside service continues and will remain available under special circumstances and to those with mobility issues. 

The library is open:

  • Monday – Thursday: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Friday – Saturday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Sunday: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.

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