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Precautions for Patrons and Staff Regarding Coronavirus

 

In order to prepare the building and ensure the health and safety of patrons and staff, Westlake Porter Public Library will be delaying the use of computers in the building to Monday, May 18. WPPL apologizes for the delay but wants to take the proper precautions while reconfiguring computer stations and finalizing a cleaning protocol. Curbside service and telephone reference are currently available. Patrons can pick-up materials placed on hold through a contactless process. All returns are to be made in the drive-thru book drop. As always, WPPL appreciates your patience.

Updated: 5/8/2020


Starting Monday, May 11, Westlake Porter Public Library will offer free monthly Homebound Delivery services for Westlake residents who are unable to safely visit the library due to a temporary or permanent condition. All deliveries will be contactless to ensure the safety of our patrons and staff. For more information or to register for our Homebound Delivery service, please contact the Outreach department at 440-250-5448.

Updated: 5/6/2020


 

Westlake Porter Public Library will begin Curbside Pickup Service on Thursday, May 7. Patrons may pick up available holds during the library’s regular hours. Holds for materials can be placed online using our catalog, or by calling the library. Patrons must wait until they receive an available hold pickup notification via email, text, or phone before coming to the library.

To pick up holds, park in one of the marked curbside pickup spaces in front of the building, call the Library and provide your name and parking spot number. A library staff member will bring out your holds and place them in the trunk of your vehicle. A space for Bike-up and Walk-Up patrons will also be provided.

The drive-up book drop will remain open. Materials must be returned in the book drop to allow safe handling and a period of quarantine.

Updated: 5/5/2020


 

On behalf of Porter Public Library Board of Trustees and Staff, thank you for your patience while our building has been closed to comply with the State of Ohio’s Stay-At-Home Order. This past Monday, April 27, Governor DeWine laid out a plan for businesses and organizations to reopen. On Tuesday the Board of Trustees approved the Library’s plan to begin bringing back in-person services while ensuring we continue to be mindful of the health and safety of both our patrons and staff.

The Library will begin reopening procedures starting the week of May 3. Curbside service and telephone reference will begin later that week, with an official start date to be announced. WPPL staff will begin cleaning the building and preparing materials for circulation. When curbside service begins, patrons will be able to pick up new or existing holds by parking in one of several parking spaces in front of the building. Patrons will then be able to call the library and provide their name and parking spot number. A WPPL staff member will bring out the materials in a plastic bag and place them in the trunk of the patrons’ vehicle. Any materials returned to the Library will be quarantined for 72 hours.

Curbside service and telephone reference services are the first part of a gradual plan to reopen Westlake Porter Public Library. The second part will consist of opening the building for computer use on Tuesday, May 12. Patrons will call the library to reserve a computer for a specific time and day. Patrons reserving a computer must have a library card, no guest passes. There will be a limit of one person to a computer but there may be exceptions for two family members working together.

The final step in reopening WPPL will be opening the entire building. The timeline for this final step will occur in accordance with guidelines laid out by state and local governments in order to ensure the safety of WPPL patrons and staff. 

We look forward to seeing you at the library!

Andrew Mangels
Director, Westlake Porter Public Library

Updated: 4/29/2020


 

In the interest of public safety and to follow the guidelines provided by Governor DeWine, Westlake Porter Public Library is targeting April 30, 2020 to reopen. WPPL will continue to evaluate the situation and take the recommendations of Local, State and Federal Government and Health Agencies into consideration when making any decisions regarding the library’s closure. Programming, events and meetings originally scheduled through April 30 are also canceled.

​We are certainly aware of how much people rely on their public library for reading, listening, and viewing materials as well as Internet connections and meetings spaces. However, we believe the risk of helping to spread the virus, even with proper social distancing practices in place, is too great to reopen at this time. We appreciate your continued understanding and we look forward to opening as soon as it is safe to do so.

Please continue to visit this page for updates. WPPL provides access to digital content such as ebooks, audiobooks, streaming video and much more. Visit our Download & Stream and Shelter in Place pages for resources. Remember to like WPPL on Facebook and follow WPPL on Twitter at for live and streaming content such as storytimes, recommendations and more!

Updated: 4/1/2020


Westlake Porter Public Library is cancelling all programs, storytimes, meeting room reservations, and outreach services effective Friday, March 13 through Sunday, April 5 in order to limit the spread of Coronavirus or COVID-19. Study rooms will be limited to a maximum occupancy of two people. Regular library activities will resume on Monday, April 6.

The library will remain open. However, WPPL advises patrons not to visit the library if they are sick or at risk of contracting the virus.

Patrons can still make use of the library’s digital content, the drive-thru pick-up, drop-off and the after-hours lockers. WPPL also has a new mobile app available for download from the App Store or Google Play Apps.

Please visit the CDC or the Ohio Department of Health for more information about the Coronavirus.

Updated: 3/12/2020


Dear WPPL Cardholders and Visitors,

The virus known as Coronavirus or COVID-19 has been detected in individuals in Cuyahoga County. The health and safety of library users and staff are of utmost importance. WPPL is following the guidelines outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Ohio Department of Health to protect our customers and employees. This includes:

  • Employees are asked to stay home if they show signs of illness.
  • Cleaning in all public areas of the library is being done at a greater frequency. Toys have been temporarily removed from the Youth Services department.
  • Employees are encouraged to frequently wash their hands, use rubber gloves and hand sanitizer.
  • Hand sanitizer is available for visitors in dispensers throughout the library.
  • Library users who are not feeling well or are experiencing symptoms of this virus are asked to stay home.

As usual, please check the library's event calendar for the latest information on programs and classes at the library. Patrons choosing to remain at home can still enjoy WPPL’s digital, streaming and downloadable collections. The library also has drive-up services available such as our pick-up window, book drop, and after-hours lockers.

WPPL will continue to stay open during its regular hours. However, the situation will be monitored based on recommendations from the CDC and the Ohio Department of Health. Any updates will be posted to our website and social media.

Please visit the CDC or the Ohio Department of Health for more information about the Coronavirus.

We thank you for your continued usage and support of the library and look forward to remaining open during this time to bring you great library programs, collections, and services.

Updated: 3/11/2020

 

The Westlake Porter Public Library building is CLOSED in order to limit the spread of Coronavirus or COVID-19.

Current services available during regular library hours include:

  • Telephone Reference
  • Curbside Pickup
  • Computer Use (call 440-871-2600 to schedule)
  • Homebound Delivery.

The Drive-up Book Drop and Wi-Fi are available 24/7. Visit us on social media for up-to-date information.

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