COVID-19 Updates

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 am - 5 pm 
    • Tuesday 11 am - 7 pm 
    • Wednesday 9 am - 5 pm 
    • Thursday 11 am - 7 pm 
    • Friday 9 am - 5 pm 
    • Saturday 9 am - 1 pm 
  • 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. CLICK HERE to schedule a time to visit.
  • 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 (link above) 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. They have made the following decisions regarding a limited reopening of the Library contingent on the continued reduction in the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in Ohio. 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 for people to 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. Thesefree 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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