Using the Library

We are happy to welcome you back to the library. At this time we’re offering limited services to reduce contact and close interactions to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

Please know that there will be limits on the number of people in the library and how you can use the library during this time.

Please continue to rely on our online resources and more via our website. Please reach out to us by phone, email or through our website so we can better serve you.

Phone: (512) 541-1036

Email: jarrelllibrary@gmail.com

Website: www.jarrellcommunitylibrary.org

The safety and health of our patrons and volunteers is our priority. Thank you for following guidelines and for your patience and flexibility as we move through this time together.

Hours of Operation (MASKS are REQUIRED. Social distancing required as feasible.)

Jarrell Community Library currently has reduced hours to allow extra time for disinfection and cleaning of communal spaces. Please contact us to schedule an appointment to visit the library.

  • Requiring volunteers to wear masks

  • Requiring all visitors over age 2 to wear masks that cover nose and mouth; if you do not have a mask, we will provide disposable masks

  • Advising volunteers to limit interactions to fewer than 10 minutes

  • Quarantining returned library materials

  • Increasing frequency of cleaning high-touch areas

  • Providing hand-sanitizing stations and encouraging frequent hand washing

  • Meeting areas are CLOSED and there is NO SEATING available

  • NO in-person programs are allowed until further notice

EXPANDED SERVICE (Based on a 14 day continuous drop in COVID-19 cases in Williamson County.)

OCTOBER 2020 - MASKS are REQUIRED in the Library for persons over the age of 2 years old. Social distancing required as feasible. 

Hours of Operation

Tuesdays (11am-6pm)
Saturdays (11am-4pm)

We are taking a number of precautions to limit personal contact and follow social distancing guidelines:

  • Limiting the number of patrons in the library based on square footage. The number of patrons in the library at any given time will be 8, excluding volunteers

  • Reducing our hours to ensure volunteers have sufficient time for enhanced cleaning. Patrons may schedule appointments to checkout materials, use the new public computers or WiFi and make copies. (Schedule at 20 minute increments.)

  • Reducing seating and asking patrons not to congregate. Extended stays or social gatherings are NOT PERMITTED at this time. Patrons will be asked to leave after one hour.

  • Reducing the amount of time for computer usage (2 public computers are available). All computer sessions are limited to ONE hour per patron, per day. (Extended time may be granted for applications and resumes, if time permits.) Leave one hour in between sessions for sanitizing computer stations.

  • Requiring volunteers to wear masks

  • Requiring all visitors over age 2 to wear masks that cover nose and mouth; if you do not have a mask, we will provide disposable masks

  • Using plexiglass shields at selected service points

  • Advising volunteers to limit interactions to fewer than 10 minutes

  • Quarantining returned library materials

  • Increasing frequency of cleaning high-touch areas

  • Providing hand-sanitizing stations and encouraging frequent hand washing

  • Meeting areas are CLOSED and there is NO SEATING available

  • NO in-person programs are allowed until further notice

  • Curbside Service is still available.

NOVEMBER 2020 - MASKS are REQUIRED in the Library for persons over the age of 2 years old. Social distancing required as feasible.

Hours of Operation
Tuesdays (11am-6pm)
Saturdays (11am-4pm)

• Increase number of patrons in the library at any given time to 16, excluding volunteers.
• Continue to schedule appointments for patrons to checkout materials, use public computers or WiFi and make copies.
• Extended stays or social gatherings are NOT PERMITTED until further notice. Patrons will be asked to leave after one hour.
• All computer sessions are limited to ONE hour per patron, per day. (Extended time may be granted for applications and resumes, if time permits.)
• Meeting areas are CLOSED, and NO SEATING is available.
• NO in-person programs are allowed until further notice.
• Continue Curbside Service.

EXPANDED HOURS (Based on a 14 day continuous drop in COVID-19 cases in Williamson County.)

DECEMBER 2020 - MASKS are REQUIRED in the Library for persons over the age of 2 years old. Social distancing required as feasible.

Hours of Operation
Tuesdays (11am-6pm)
Wednesdays (11am-4pm)
Thursdays (11am-6pm)
Saturdays (11am-4pm)

• Increase number of patrons in the library at any given time to 24, excluding volunteers.
• Continue to schedule appointments for patrons to checkout materials, use public computers or WiFi and make copies.
• Extended stays or small social gatherings (social distancing required) may be permitted for a one hour maximum and based on Williamson County COVID 19 recommendations.
• All computer sessions are limited to ONE hour per patron, per day. (Extended time may be granted for applications and resumes, if time permits.)
• Meeting areas are available based on schedule, size of group, allowable sanitizing time and Williamson County COVID 19 recommendations.
• In-person programs may be allowed based on Williamson County COVID 19 recommendations.
• Continue Curbside Service.

JANUARY 2021 - Fully Open
Based on Williamson County COVID 19 recommendations.

Please help us keep our volunteers and others safe by:

  • Staying home if you’re experiencing symptoms of any illness

  • Wearing a mask, which is required for all patrons over age 2, to cover your nose and mouth; if you don’t have one, we will provide disposable masks

  • Washing or sanitizing your hands frequently; we’re providing hand sanitizer

  • Maintaining at least six feet of distance from volunteers and other patrons

  • Respecting social distancing guidelines and keeping your visit short

  • Following the instructions of library volunteers

You may schedule a specific time to come to the Library by contacting us via phone, email or the website. If you prefer not to schedule a specific time, you may be asked to wait until we have space for additional patrons. While waiting, please follow social distancing guidelines and keep six feet between you and other patrons, if you are waiting outside of your vehicle. A volunteer will let you know when you may enter the library.

We ask that you reach out to us by phone or email as much as possible. The phone number is (512) 541-1036  and the email address is jarrelllibrary@gmail.com.

Please call us ahead of your visit, and we can check to be sure the resource you need is available.

We are requiring all visitors over age 2 to wear masks that cover nose and mouth. If you do not have a mask, we will provide disposable masks.

Jarrell Community Library volunteers are wearing masks.

While browsing the shelves, please maintain social distancing to reduce person-to-person contact.

If you already have materials checked out, you may continue to enjoy them. We’ll continue to renew your items as long as no other patrons are waiting for them.

All volunteers are required to wear masks and we ask that they be worn when traveling throughout the library, when working with colleagues and during public service interactions.

We encourage frequent handwashing and using hand sanitizer between each patron interaction. Workstations and other high-touch areas will be cleaned frequently throughout the day.

Our meeting areas are closed until further notice.

Returns

We ask that you return most materials, such as books, DVDs, CDs and audiobooks, in the book drop outside the library.

Cleaning materials at home may damage them. We will quarantine returned materials as they come in.

Reserves

As we are quarantining returned materials, there will be delays in delivering reserved materials to the next patron.

A family member or friend may pick up your reserved materials. Once they arrive in the library’s parking lot, call the library at (512) 541-1036 and a volunteer will bring the reserved material(s) to them.

Checking Out Materials

We ask that you use social distancing as much as possible when checking out materials at the circulation desk.

Volunteers will be using hand sanitizer and/or gloves before and after check out.

Computers

We have two (2) computers available for patron use. We will stagger usage times to allow for social distancing, cleaning and sanitizing.

You may use one computer session a day. Sessions are one hour. Additional time is available for resumes and applications. You may make reservations by contacting the library.

Services

Computers (One Hour Sessions)

Printing and Copying (10¢ per page)

Support Your Library

Thank you for considering a gift to the Jarrell Community Library. As always, you may make donations to the Friends of the Jarrell Community Library. The Friends of the Jarrell Community Library is a separate organization that supports the Library through advocacy, fundraising, and assistance to keep our library going strong, as our library runs on donations alone and is not tax-funded. We want to instill an atmosphere of fellowship, teamwork, and community support while allowing everyone the opportunity to use their own unique skills and talents. We need people from all kinds of backgrounds, art and design, fundraising, general volunteer staff, communications and publicity, and more. There is always a way that you can help.

Hours of Operation:

(Hours May Differ Due To COVID
Tues. 11-7
Wed. 11-5
Thur. 10-7
Sat. 11-5
Closed Monday, Friday, & Sunday

The Jarrell Community Library is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation and receives no funding from the City of Jarrell.

We are only able to operate with the financial support of the Community. Your gift is immensely appreciated!

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