Beginning Monday, April 5th, RJCL will open to the public, just in time for National Library Week. We finished the renovation work in the Fall of 2020 and we’ve been patiently waiting to fully re-open and show off our new look. We have a few restrictions for your safety:
- We will continue to ask that all library materials be returned only in the outdoor book drop
- Face masks must be worn inside the library
- Public computer use is by appointment only
- We ask that you maintain social distancing while in the library.
- Our meeting room will again be open to the public, but with LIMITED occupancy
- Curbside pickup service will continue to be offered
- For everyone’s safety, please stay home if you are not feeling well
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
IS IT SAFE TO BORROW LIBRARY MATERIALS DURING THE PANDEMIC?
We are following guidance from the NYS Governor and local public health authorities. We are taking all precautions to ensure that materials on our shelves and those that are returned to us are safe to be handled by the public. Returned items will be quarantined for the recommended period of 72 hours.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT WHEN VISITING THE LIBRARY?
Please enter through our Main Entrance using the last door on the right. You must wear a mask and maintain a safe distance from others. A staff person will meet you in the lobby and ask you to complete a health screening, including taking your temperature. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided to you. If you cannot tolerate wearing one, please call 585-289-3559 so other accommodations can be made.
You can now come into the Library to browse the collection, use the computers, or access copy/fax/scan services, or just sit and enjoy the space. We will ask that you limit the items you touch within the library to only those you intend to check out. A quarantine bin will be positioned for you to place all library items you touch during your time in the library. Newspapers and magazines are not available.
Computer use will continue to be by appointment only. This enables us to clean the computer work stations and ensure social distancing. You may make an appointment ahead of time or upon entry. You can call 585-289-3559 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a computer appointment.
Please follow exit signs and exit through our Main Entrance using the door on the left.
Curbside pickup by appointment will remain available.
WHAT TYPES OF PROGRAMS ARE YOU OFFERING?
We continue to offer virtual programming. Beginning this summer, July 2021, our staff will be holding a variety of outdoor programs in both the Village of Manchester and the Village of Shortsville. This partnership with Shortsville & Manchester allows the library to hold programs for ALL AGES across all of these local parks this summer: Budd Park, Jones-Blunt Park, the Rail Trail, Manchester Family Park, Mike Griffin Memorial Park and Bandstand Park. We will also hold summer events outside of the front of the library. Stay tuned!
CAN I REQUEST ITEMS FROM OTHER LIBRARIES?
You can place holds on items owned by all other libraries in the OWWL system. You can continue to use the phone or online catalog to request items from any library in the OWWL system and pick them up here. You may use the curbside pickup service when you are notified that your hold items are ready for pickup, or drop in and pick them up at the circulation desk.
CAN I RETURN ITEMS TO THE LIBRARY?
Yes! Our outside book drop is open 24/7. You can return all items there (not just books). You can return items from any OWWL system library. We are taking precautions to ensure that our collections are safe to be handled by members of the public and our staff. Please continue to use the outdoor book drop at this time.
Note: Because returned items will be placed in quarantine for 72 hours, it will take a few days for items to come off your library account. We appreciate your understanding and patience during this time.
Beginning March 1, 2021, RJCL started our FINE FREE program. You will not incur fines for any item belonging to RJCL.
CAN I APPLY FOR A LIBRARY CARD?
You can apply for a library card online by clicking here. You will receive a physical library card in the mail to access downloadable ebooks and audiobooks and other online resources. Visit the library with a photo ID or document with mailing address listed within six months of receiving your card, and you can then check out materials from RJCL too!
I NEED INTERNET ACCESS. CAN I USE A COMPUTER?
Yes! Please call 585-289-3559 or email email@example.com to schedule a 60 minute computer appointment. Computers and furniture are arranged to promote social distancing. Equipment will be regularly cleaned and disinfected by library staff after use. And remember, our wifi is still on! Bring your device to the library grounds and log on to the OWWL network. No password necessary.
CAN I SCHEDULE A MEETING ROOM?
Due to a recent request from the Manchester-Shortsville Central School District Board of Education, Red Jacket Community Library only has one (1) meeting room available for public use. Our meeting room is again be open to the public, but with a LIMITED occupancy of six (6) people. This is to promote social distancing.
ARE YOU ACCEPTING BOOK DONATIONS AT THIS TIME?
No. Book donations are suspended until further notice. Please consider supporting RJCL in other ways. We happily accept monetary donations to support library operations through the Friends of the Library.
I HAVE A QUESTION! IS THERE ANYONE WHO CAN HELP ME?
Staff will be available anytime between 3:30 pm – 9:00 pm Monday through Thursday, 3:30 pm – 7:00 pm Friday, and 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Saturday at 585-289-3559. You can also reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org or through our Facebook page.
Andrea Tillinghast, MLS
Red Jacket Community Library
FOR MORE INFO
You can read our complete reopening plan here (PDF).
For reliable and up-to-date information and advice regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/CDC, the New York State Department of Health and the Ontario County Department of Public Health.