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COVID Operations & Protocols

The following plan was approved by the Meridian Library District's Board of Trustees on November 17, 2021. It aligns the library’s operations and services with the established Levels of Transmission rates set by Central District Health for Ada County. This plan establishes clear criteria for operations and decision-making with information learned through the course of the pandemic. It outlines the services that will be available as our community continues to move through the pandemic. (Note: When the county moves through levels of transmission, it may take library staff up to 2 weeks to resume a service as they arrange staffing and communications.) 

Sources of Information:
The Meridian Library uses sources of reliable scientific data impacting the community, not just individuals. The library relies on the following sources throughout our decision-making process:

The Meridian Library will continue to adjust operations as information is made available. The library will otherwise plan to offer the following services based on the established levels of transmission in Ada County and as staffing allows.

When Ada County is in HIGH Transmission:

  • Face masks will be required indoors for all patrons, volunteers, and staff.

  • All events led by library staff will be held virtually.

  • Only the main service desks will be staffed in library locations.

  • Staff will provide outreach services targeted to high-risk or underserved populations.

  • Volunteer activities will be limited. No new volunteers will be accepted. 

  • Free home delivery of library materials will be available to all Meridian residents. 

  • Curbside pick up of library materials will be available at the Cherry Lane and Silverstone libraries. 

  • Use of the library’s virtual chat, eBooks, digital collections, and additional virtual resources will be heavily encouraged. 

 

When Ada County is in SUBSTANTIAL Transmission:

  • Face masks will be required indoors for all patrons, volunteers, and staff.

  • The library will offer indoor events and classes for populations eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccines. Face masks will be required at those events. 

  • The library will offer outdoor events for populations not yet eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccines. Those events will be offered in the spring and fall, when weather permits (i.e., storytime for children age 0 to 4). Masks will not be required for outdoor events when distancing is possible. 

  • All service desks will be staffed at the Cherry Lane library.

  • Staff will provide outreach services targeted to high-risk or underserved populations.

  • Volunteer activities will be limited. No new volunteers will be accepted. 

  • Free home delivery of library materials will be available to all Meridian residents. 

  • Curbside pick up of library materials will be available at the Cherry Lane and Silverstone libraries. 

  • Use of the library’s virtual chat, eBooks, digital collections, and additional virtual resources will be heavily encouraged. 

 

When Ada County is in MODERATE Transmission:

  • Face masks will be encouraged* indoors for unvaccinated members of the public. 

  • Library staff and volunteers will follow workplace safety standards.

  • Indoor programs hosted by library staff may be offered for all populations. Face masks will be encouraged* at those events. 

  • All service desks will be staffed at the Cherry Lane library.

  • Staff will provide outreach services targeted to high-risk or underserved populations. Staff will attend community events based on size and staffing availability. 

  • Volunteer activities expand to include working with community partners and supporting library programs. 

  • Free home delivery of library materials will be available to all Meridian residents. 

  • Curbside pick up of library materials will be available at the Cherry Lane and Silverstone libraries. 

  • Use of the library’s virtual chat, eBooks, digital collections, and additional virtual resources will be encouraged. 

 

When Ada County is in LOW Transmission:

  • Face masks will be optional** for the public, encouraged to follow CDC guidance regarding vaccination status.

  • Library staff and volunteers will follow workplace safety standards.

  • Indoor programs hosted by library staff may be offered for all populations, with masks optional**.

  • All service desks will be staffed at the Cherry Lane library.

  • Staff will provide outreach services targeted to high-risk or underserved populations. Staff will attend community events based on size and staffing availability. 

  • Volunteer activities will expand to include working with community partners and supporting library programs. New volunteers will be accepted. 

  • Free home delivery of library materials will be restricted to populations with barriers to access. 

  • Curbside pick up of library materials will be available at the Cherry Lane and Silverstone libraries.

  • Virtual chat, eBooks, and digital collections will remain available for remote use of library resources.

 

*Masks encouraged - promotional materials and signs will follow current CDC guidance regarding masks and vaccination status

**Masks optional - promotional materials and signs will indicate masks are optional