Visiting the library during the pandemic
All libraries in the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library system are following health and safety guidelines from state and federal government and health officials during the COVID-19 pandemic. We have put enhanced protocols in place to help support the safety of our library customers and staff and the safe handling of library books, videos, and other materials.
Frequently Asked Questions about visiting the library during the pandemic
Visiting the Library
Our library hours now allow more time for staff to clean and sanitize the buildings, books, and other library materials, to pull requested items, and to place library items back on the shelves.
The first hour of each day is reserved for seniors and those who are especially vulnerable to the coronavirus. We appreciate your patience and support as you help us with this temporary request to ensure our neighbors’ well-being.
Some library services that require close person-to-person interaction or present concerns about maintaining sanitized surfaces will not be offered at this time or are available on a self-serve basis, such as the public Copy/FAX/Scan machine.
Leisure reading, studying, and meeting at the library are discouraged. Most tables and chairs have been temporarily removed from each library.
- No in-library classes or events
- No public meeting rooms
The Local History & Genealogy Center in the Warren Library is open on a limited basis by appointment only; call the Center to schedule up to a 1-hour research session or for information about using our extensive online resources.
Limited computers are available for public use. A computer reservation can be made for a specific time no more than 48 hours in advance at the library in Warren, Brookfield, Cortland, Howland, Liberty or Lordstown.
Public computers are fully self-service to ensure social distancing between library staff and patrons. While we will do our best to safely assist you, one-on-one computer help is not possible. We thank you for your cooperation during this time.
- Computer use is limited to one, 1-hour session per day.
- Computer users must have a valid W-TCPL card to use public computers.
- Printing is available (fee per page)
Free WiFi is available at all W-TCPL locations.
Safety Measures We Have Put in Place
- All books, DVDs, and other library materials that are borrowed and then returned are quarantined for at least 72 hours and then cleaned and sanitized prior to being put back on library shelves
- Plexiglass protective barriers have been installed at checkout desks
- Social distancing measures have been put in place at checkout desks
- Additional cleaning/sanitizing of surfaces and touch points takes place during open hours
- Furniture has been rearranged to promote social distancing
- Library staff are required to participate in a daily health assessment when working
- Library staff are required to wear a face covering while working
- Library staff will be directed to stay home if they have any symptoms associated with COVID-19
What We Ask of You
We are asking all visitors to Warren-Trumbull County Public Library locations to ….
…… Wear a face covering while in the library. The state of Ohio is under a mandatory mask order in public places. To enter and remain inside the library, customers ages 2 and up must wear a mask that fits over the mouth and nose. Wearing a face covering can help protect yourself and protect your neighbors. A face covering will be provided if needed.
…… Respect social distancing guidelines and maintain at least 6 feet of space between yourself and other customers and library staff
…… Make sure children ages 12 and younger are accompanied by an adult at all times while in the library
PLEASE NOTE: When you bring your items back to the library, please put them in one of the outside slots/return boxes located at each library building; do NOT bring your items into the library to return them.
Access the Library Online
Instant, 24/7 access to the library’s online eMedia collection, including eBooks, eAudiobooks, and streaming movies, music, and television shows is available with your library card. If you don’t yet have a library card, you can sign up for one today and begin enjoying many of these online resources plus video courses and other learning options.
Pandemic Memory Project
Find out how you can share your experience of life during this unprecedented time by participating in the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library’s Pandemic Memory Project.