COVID-19 Updates

NOW OFFERING: The Library is now offering free Abbott BinaxNOW Home COVID-19 Test Kits available by contactless Curbside Pickup. This has been made possible by a partnership with the Ohio Health Department. It is the Governor’s goal to make these tests available and accessible in every Ohio county.

  • Patrons should call the Library at (419) 433-5009 to schedule a time for Curbside Pickup.
  • Patrons must be able to use the NAVICA mobile app through the use of a smartphone or tablet in order to administer the test. 
  • Tests are not intended to be picked up inside or administered in the Library.
  • Please DO NOT enter the Library if you have been exposed to COVID-19 or if you are feeling ill. 
  • Library staff are also not able to discuss medical questions or assist with the use of the mobile app. 

The 15 minute BinaxNOW COVID-19 Ag Card Home Test has received FDA Emergency Use Authorization for at-home testing in collaboration with a telehealth session. Abbott has selected eMed, a digital health solution, as its telehealth partner. This service for COVID-19 testing prescribes and allows the test to be done rapidly at home with virtual instruction and consultation. A trained telehealth professional guides those being tested through the at-home self-test via video call using the BinaxNOW COVID-19 Ag Card Home Test and Abbott’s complementary NAVICA mobile app to enable the testing process and display BinaxNOW COVID-19 test results.

How do I get a test and what will I need?

First you will need a smart phone, tablet, or computer and an Internet connection.

  1. Download the NAVICA App from the Apple App store or Google Play Store on your smartphone, tablet, or computer.
  2. Log in or create a NAVICA account. Create a managed profile for any children or other dependents you plan to get tested under the "Account and Settings" icon at the top of the screen.
  3. Call the Library and schedule a contactless Curbside Pickup appointment day. Detailed instructions on how to take the test will be included in the bag along with the kit. 

For any questions concerning test taking or test results, please contact the Erie County Health Department or your Health Care Provider. 


Update as of 9/9/2021: At the Library Board of Trustees meeting on 9/8/2021 the board voted on operating hours for October and beyond. Beginning on Monday, October 4, the Library's operating hours will be extended. New hours of operation will be:

Monday 9:30 am - 8:30 pm
Tuesday 9:30 am - 8:30 pm
Wednesday 9:30 am - 8:30 pm
Thursday 9:30 am - 8:30 pm
Friday 9:30 am - 5 pm
Saturday 9:30 am - 5 pm
Sunday 1 - 5 pm

In addition, the Huron Public Library is a Passport Acceptance Facility once again. Passports may be accepted by agents by appointment only. Call the Library at (419) 433-5009 or visit travel.state.gov for more information. 


Update as of 8/12/2021: At the Library Board of Trustees meeting on 8/11/2021, the Board of Trustees voted to keep current Library hours for the month of September due to the increasing amount of COVID-19 cases in Erie County. They plan to discuss the issue again at the next board meeting in September. 


Update as of 7/30/2021: Individuals in Erie County, OH are now being recommended to wear masks indoors by the CDC. The recommendation is being made due to Erie County having “substantial” community transmission of COVID-19. The CDC’s county map and information can be found at: https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view.


Update as of 5/20/2021: The Library will be expanding hours starting on Monday, June 7. 

New hours of operation will be:

Monday 9:30 am - 7 pm
Tuesday 9:30 am - 7 pm
Wednesday 9:30 am - 7 pm
Thursday 9:30 am - 7 pm
Friday 9:30 am - 5 pm
Saturday 9:30 am - 1 pm
Sunday CLOSED

In addition, meeting rooms will reopen on June 1 for public use while not in use for Library programming. The art gallery on the lower level of the Library will also reopen in June. Magazines and newspapers are currently open for circulation, browsing, and reading inside the Library. The Library is no longer quarantining materials.


Update as of 4/26/2021: The Library will be expanding hours starting in May.

New hours of operation will be:

Monday 9:30 am - 5 pm
Tuesday 9:30 am - 7 pm
Wednesday 9:30 am - 5 pm
Thursday 9:30 am - 7 pm
Friday 9:30 am - 5 pm
Saturday 9:30 am - 1 pm
Sunday CLOSED

We will also be unrestricting computer time for all public computers.


Update as of 2/12/2021: Due to Governor Dewine's lifting of Ohio's overnight curfew and a sharp decline over the past month in Ohio Public Health Advisory System indicators, including COVID-19 cases per capita, new case increase, outpatient visits, hospital admissions, and ICU bed occupancy in Erie County, the Huron Public Library Board of Trustees has approved a limited reopening of the Library on Tuesday, February 16.

Temporary operating hours are:

Monday 9:30 am - 5 pm
Tuesday 11 am - 7 pm
Wednesday 9:30 am - 5 pm
Thursday 11 am - 7 pm
Friday 9:30 am - 5 pm
Saturday 9:30 am - 1 pm
Sunday CLOSED

Masks are required to be worn properly over the nose and mouth while inside the Library. Patrons are no longer required to make appointments to schedule a visit, but we do ask that they consider limiting time spent in the Library. Current safety regulations and services are listed here: 

  • Library Hotspots are available for checkout on a first come, first served basis.
  • Printing and copying services will resume, however, they are temporarily self-service. Due to distance restrictions, staff will not be able to assist patrons with copy and printing machines. Please be prepared to pay with exact change for printing and copying as no change can be given at this time.  
  • The Williams Street door will be locked. Patrons will be required to enter via the Center Street entrance.
  • Computer time is currently limited to one hour per day. 
  • The Library is unable to take money for fines at this time. Staff will override fines so that patrons may continue checking items out, with the exception of excessive Hotspot fines.
  • Sanitizer will be available and should be used regularly by both staff and patrons. Areas will be sanitized after patron use, including computers and restrooms. 
  • Staff and patrons will be required to maintain a six-foot distance from each other. Floor markers have been added to indicate an appropriate distance from desks. 
  • The following items will NOT be available at this time for circulation or for use inside the Library: newspapers, Literacy Backpacks, puzzles, and children's toys.
  • Returned items are quarantined for 72 hours or longer before returning to the shelf.
  • Minors under the age of nine must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Minors over the age of two will be required to wears masks in the Library.
  • Meetings, in-person programs, and events will be suspended until further notice.
  • Passport services will be suspended until further notice.

If you have any questions about Library services or any of the safety regulations listed here, please call the Library at (419) 433- 5009 or send a question or comment via the form at the bottom of this page and a staff member will get back to you as soon as possible. We hope to see all of our patrons in the Library soon!


Update as of 11/19/2020: Due to safety concerns based on the Ohio Public Health Advisory System, the Library will be going back to Curbside Pickup beginning on Friday, November 20. The Library will be closed to the public until further notice. We will be offering contactless Curbside Pickup for most materials. We hope to return to a Limited Opening phase as soon as safely possible and we sincerely appreciate your patience and understanding.

In keeping with safety precautions in order to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Library will be creating another digital Between the Bookends Newsletter for winter 2020/2021. This newsletter will include virtual programming and Library updates for the months on December, January, and February. The newsletter will be completed and sent out by the end of November. We will also post the completed Newsletter on our website homepage.


Update as of 11/9/2020: The Library will be reopening to a Limited Opening phase on Tuesday, November 10. We encourage patrons to make a one hour reservation to visit the Library. Masks are required to be worn properly while in the building. Temporary operating hours will continue:

Monday 9:30 am - 5 pm
Tuesday 11 am - 7 pm
Wednesday 9:30 am - 5 pm
Thursday 11 am - 7 pm
Friday 9:30 am - 5 pm
Saturday 9:30 am - 1 pm
Sunday CLOSED

Please see the 9/10/2020 update below for more information regarding current safety regulations and services being offered at this time. As always, please call the Library at (419) 433-5009 during operating hours if you have any questions.


Update as of 10/29/2020: The Library is temporarily CLOSED until further notice due to COVID-19 exposure in the building. Books drops will also be closed during this time. Due dates for items currently checked out will be pushed back and all patron holds will continue to be held until the Library reopens.

Any patrons scheduled for Youth Services programs will be contacted via email about rescheduled dates.

The Library building will still be open for voting on Tuesday, November 3. Please see the 10/13/2020 update below for more information about Election Day.

We will notify the public here and on the Library's social media pages with any updates to this information.


Update as of 10/13/2020: Due to safety precautions, the Library will be CLOSED on Tuesday, November 3 for Election Day. The building will be open for voting only, but no other services will be offered on this day. We will resume regular hours on Wednesday, November 4.

  • The Board of Elections will hold precinct elections (Huron B & D) on the Library’s first floor. This only affects those who normally vote at the Library.
  • The Library itself will be closed on Election Day, though the building will remain open for voting only. If the polls are crowded, voters may be standing outdoors.
  • Masks are required to be worn correctly to enter the building. 

CLICK HERE to check your registration, find out how to vote by mail in your state, or find your polling place.

CLICK HERE to visit the Erie County Board of Elections website.


Update as of 9/10/2020: Based on data provided by the Ohio Public Health Advisory System, Erie County has been downgraded to a Level 2 Public Emergency from a Level 3. Because of this, the Library will be going back to a Limited Opening beginning on Monday, September 14. Please continue reading for updates regarding services and safety regulations for this Limited Opening.

  • Temporary operating hours will continue: 
    Monday 9:30 am - 5 pm
    Tuesday 11 am - 7 pm
    Wednesday 9:30 am - 5 pm
    Thursday 11 am - 7 pm
    Friday 9:30 am - 5 pm
    Saturday 9:30 am - 1 pm
    Sunday CLOSED
     
  • Library Hotspots are still available for checkout.
  • Printing and copying services will resume, however, they are now self-service. Due to distance restrictions, staff will not be able to assist patrons with copy and printing machines. Please be prepared to pay with exact change to pay for printing and copying as no change can be given at this time.
  • There will be a limit of 20 patrons allowed in the Library per hour, and we request that patrons schedule a time to visit the Library to ensure a time slot. 
  • Patrons can now pick holds up at the check-in tables at the main door instead of coming into the Library. This service is for patrons that do not wish to browse the Library collection, but just want to pick up holds and not be counted against the Library capacity for the day. If interested in this service, please visit our reservation page to schedule a day to pick up your holds.
  • Curbside Pickup will end once the Library reopens. 
  • Masks will be required to enter the Library. All staff members will be required to wear masks, and all patrons will be required to wear masks for the entire time that they are in the Library.
  • The Williams St. door will be locked. Patrons will be required to enter via the Center St. entrance.
  • Patrons will only be allowed to stay in the Library for one hour per day. No loitering will be allowed. Patrons may use the computers or browse the collection and pick up holds at this time.
  • Sanitizer will be available and must be used regularly by both staff and patrons. Areas will be cleaned after patron use, including computers and restrooms. 
  • Staff and patrons will be required to maintain a six-foot distance from each other. Floor markers will be added to indicate an appropriate distance from desks. 
  • The following items will NOT be available at this time for circulation or for use inside the Library: magazines, newspapers, Literacy Backpacks, puzzles, projectors, charging cords, headphones. 
  • Returned items are quarantined for 72 hours before returning to the shelf.
  • Minors must be accompanied by a parent/guardian over 18 years of age and each person will be included in the 20 per hour patron count. Minors over the age of two will be required to wears masks.
  • Faxing services will be suspended until further notice.
  • Meetings, in-person programs, and events will be suspended until further notice.
  • Passport services will be suspended until further notice.

If you have any questions about Library services or any of thesafety regulations listed here, please call the Library at (419) 433- 5009 or send a question or comment via the form at the bottom of this page and a staff member will get back to you as soon as possible. We thank you for your continued patience and we are looking forward to seeing our patrons in the Library!


Update as of 8/6/2020: Due to safety concerns based on the Ohio Public Health Advisory System, the Library will be going back to Curbside Pickup beginning on Friday, August 7. The Library will be closed to the public until further notice. We will be offering contactless Curbside Pickup for most materials and patrons can still order materials from other CLEVNET libraries. We hope to return to a Limited Opening as soon as safely possible and we appreciate your patience and understanding.

In addition, and in keeping with safety precautions in order to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Library will be creating a digital Between the Bookends Newsletter for fall 2020. This Newsletter will include virtual programming and Library updates for the months on September, October, and November. The Newsletter will be completed and sent out in August 2020. We will post the completed Newsletter on our website homepage.


Update as of 6/12/2020: The Library Board of Trustees met on Wednesday, June 10 and has decided that the Library will reopen to a Limited Opening on Monday, July 6. 


Update as of 6/3/2020:

  • Outdoor drop boxes are open.
  • Staff members are also placing free donation boxes outside filled with donation material that people can take. Please do not add donations to these boxes, as our donations are usually handled by volunteers that are not currently able to come to the Library. These free boxes are also pulled inside during the hours of Curbside Pickup to ensure that our service is contactless and safe for both patrons and staff.
  • All materials checked out to patrons during the closure have had due dates extended until 7/22/2020. Due dates for certain items that cannot fit in the drop boxes (Hotspots, Literacy Backpacks, Literacy Launchpads, etc.) may be extended beyond this date. If you have questions, please speak with a librarian.

Update as of 5/20/2020: The Library will be offering Curbside Pickup starting on Monday, June 1. We will also be opening our outdoor drop boxes. In anticipation of possibly reopening to the public, the Library has also canceled all public meetings and programs until the fall. The Library will be closed to the public until further notice.


Update as of 4/29/2020: The Library is currently closed due to the Governor's order. We will let the public know as soon as Governor DeWine and his staff notify libraries in the State of Ohio that they may safely open.


Update as of 4/16/2020: The Library has canceled all programs and group meetings for the months of May and June in anticipation of possibly reopening to the public in May. Any updates will continue to be posted here.


Update as of 4/3/2020: On Thursday, April 2, Governor DeWine extended the Ohio stay-at-home order in an attempt to reduce exposure to the coronavirus COVID-19 and to limit passage of the virus to Ohio citizens. In response to this, the Huron Public Library will remain closed until Governor DeWine and his staff have determined that the danger of the extended effects of the coronavirus have ceased. At this point, the Library will remain closed until Friday, May 1. We will continue to update the public as more information becomes available. The Library will reopen as soon as it has been determined that it is safe in Ohio to do so. The Board of Trustees and the Huron Public Library staff appreciate your cooperation as we wait for the effects of the virus to occur.

  • All outdoor book drops will be closed beginning Friday, April 3.
  • Patrons should keep the Library items that they currently have checked out until the Library reopens.
  • Due dates for all Library items will be extended and nothing will be due during the temporary closure.
  • Patrons can still access their accounts through the "CLEVNET Catalog" link at the top of this page.
  • Library apps like Libby, OverDrive, and Hoopla will still be available for digital content.

We will continue to post updates here and on the Library's social media pages for the public as changes are made to this information. Patrons can also submit questions or concerns to the website form on the bottom of this page or by emailing huron@huronlibrary.org. 


Update as of 4/1/2020: The Huron Public Library Board of Trustees meeting originally scheduled for Wednesday, April 8 has been postponed until Wednesday, May 13 at 7 pm. Please continue to check our website for more information concerning cancellations and closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Update as of 3/17/2020: Late Monday night, Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton ordered Tuesday’s Primary Election polls closed as a health emergency.

The Huron Public Library will not be open for voting today as a result.


Update as of 3/13/2020: On Thursday, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced that all Ohio schools will be closed for three weeks beginning on Monday, March 16 as a precaution against the spread of the coronavirus. Because of this, the Trustees of the Huron Public Library have also decided to close the Library starting on Monday, March 16 until Sunday, April 5. 

  • The Library will be open for voting on Tuesday, March 17. No other services will be available on this day.
  • All outdoor book drops will remain open and will continue to be emptied daily by a staff member.
  • No items will be due during this time.
  • Patrons can still access their accounts through the "CLEVNET Catalog" link at the top of this page.
  • Library apps like Libby, OverDrive, and Hoopla will still be available for digital content.
  • The Library will reopen to regular hours on Monday, April 6.

We will contine to post updates here for the public as changes are made to this information.


Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Precautions at the Library

Like many of you, the Library's administrative team is closely following the unfolding news about the coronavirus in order to make decisions that will keep our community healthy. With guidance from federal, state, and local government leaders, our Board of Trustees has decided to take the following actions:

  • All programs and meetings that typically include 10 or more people will be canceled starting Thursday, March 12 through Wednesday, April 8. All Youth Services programs will be canceled Thursday, March 12 through Wednesday, April 8. Our Board of Trustees will re-evaluate the situation at our Board meeting on Wednesday, April 8 at 7 pm.
  • The Library will close if the Huron City School District closes. If the School District closes before the election on Tuesday, March 17, the Library will remain open for voting only.
  • Loose toys have been removed from the play area for cleaning. They will remain in the Story Hour Room until Wednesday, April 8.

We're working with local health officials and following directions from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Ohio Department of Health (ODH). Right now, we are taking additional steps beyond regular practices, and cleaning and sanitizing all Library spaces as much as possible.

Everyone has a role to play in reducing the spread of COVID-19 and in staying healthy. Please stay home and do not visit the Library if you are exhibiting signs of the flu or if you are not feeling well. We invite you to explore everything we have to offer on our website. You can download eBooks and audiobooks on Libby and Overdrive, and stream movies, music, and checkout eBooks and audiobooks on Hoopla. If you have questions, please call the Library at (419) 433-5009.

To stay healthy, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and other health agencies recommend: 

  • Washing your hands frequently. Wash your hands for 20 seconds or more with soapy water. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Wearing a mask in public when you are able to in order to avoid spreading the virus to others. COVID-19 may spread asymptomatically, so you may have no apparant symptoms while carrying the virus. A mask helps to slow this spread.
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoiding contact with people who are sick.
  • Staying home and away from others if you are sick.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting objects and surfaces frequently.
  • Covering your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.

Trusted Information Sources:

Sharing accurate information from trusted sources is critical to reduce misinformation. Find reliable and current information about the outbreak from the local and national agencies listed below:

Ohio Department of Health

The Ohio Department of Health maintains a website with up-to-date information on the outbreak, current risk to the public, and links to helpful resources. 

The ODH has also set up a call center to address questions regarding COVID-19. It is open seven days a week from 9 am - 8 pm and can be reached at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634).

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

The U.S. CDC has set up a website with a range of information about the current risk to the public, symptoms to watch for, prevention, testing, and advice for schools, communities and businesses.

The situation with CODVID-19 is evolving daily. We will keep you informed of any changes to our scheduled events. Please continue to visit our website or contact us by email at huron@huronlibrary.org for the latest information about cancellations and closings.

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Vikki Morrow-Ritchie

Library Director

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Huron Public Library

333 Williams St.
Huron, Ohio 44839

(419) 433-5009
(419) 433-7228

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