The Williamson County Public Library System plans to reopen with limited services on May 4 as a part of its Library2Go program, according to a video announcement from WCPLS Manager Jeffie Nicholson on April 29.
Nicholson said the program was a kind of “take out service” for books, movies and other items available at the library, and said people could call in and request ten items and library staff would bag them and call back when the requested items were ready for pickup.
“We’re going to operate like this through the month of May is what we’re anticipating, and work towards getting staff back in the building,” Nicholson said. “We had to go down to minimal staff in the building, and now we’re going to start working towards scaling back up and having enough staff in here to support this service in a safe manner.”
Nicholson said books would be cleaned and disinfected twice and go through a period of quarantine before being allowed to be checked out again, and said due dates for items checked out before the library closed would be pushed back past the reopening date to no sooner than June 1.
“We were worried about the plastic covers on books [having the virus] in some cases, and how long [the virus] can live on pages,” Nicholson said. “What we looked at said it could live for 24 hours on cardboard, so we figured the pages inside the books may be about the same or less.”
The Library2Go program will be launched at the Williamson County libraries in Franklin, College Grove, Nolensville and Fairview on May 4, and the Leiper’s Fork and Bethesda branches will implement the program a week later on May 12.
See a breakdown of each locations hours below:
Franklin location: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday
Nolensville, Fairview and College Grove locations: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday
Bethesda and Leiper's Fork locations: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday
To place orders for items at the library, residents can call 615-595-1277, and the libraries will be open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Wednesdays.
“We’re looking forward to being able to do it, and we’re hopeful that this will give everybody the opportunity to enjoy some library materials,” Nicholson said.
The WCPLS location has released guidelines for how Library2Go will work. Nicholson said each location may tweak processes as library staff work to determine how well the process is operating.
Step 1: Call 615-595-1277 between 9 a.m.-5 p.m. to request up to 10 items, including any items that may have been on hold prior to the library's closure.
Step 2: Staff will find the items.
Step 3: Staff will call when the books are ready to pick up.
Step 4: When going to pick up books, remain in the parking lot and call to let staff know you are there for pick-up.
Step 5: Staff will instruct you to come to the front door to find a bag on a table with your name on it.
Step 6: Once the staff member has gone back inside, you may retrieve the bag.
Step 7: Return items in the outside book drop.
WCPLS also recommends residents wear gloves when picking up items.
For more information, visit wcpltn.org