Q. Access to Libraries on May 1, 2020

As a subordinate division of Oberlin College and Conservatory, the Libraries must adhere to the directives of our institution. At this time, we will remain closed to all patrons until further notice.

It is clear that Governor Dewine (as of the writing of this response) has not issued a firm edict to completely change the existing stay-at-home order and allow for individuals and subsequently, Libraries staff to resume working in the manner in which we did prior to the pandemic. His statement as quoted in Cleveland.com is Ohio will "plan/begin" to reopen on May 1.

The use of language of a "plan" (begin) to reopen is important for many reasons. Planning to reopen, to our understanding, potentially means that there will be a phased approach to how Libraries staff will re-enter our workspaces and that there will be the possible implementation of new protocols for workplace safety and engagement.

When and how the Libraries will reopen will be coordinated by the Libraries Administration in partnership with College's senior leadership. The implementation of new workplace standards within the Libraries, as a result of COVID-19 will take time and must comply with institutional, state, and federal regulations.

As soon as we have the official "all clear" that patrons are allowed back into the Libraries, we will inform everyone through a series of messages.


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  • Last Updated Apr 21, 2020
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