The COVID-19 pandemic will keep the Dover Public Library closed to the public for at least another month.
The Dover City Council recently voted to keep the Dover Public Library closed to the public for now.
“Basically they’re looking for more detail on our cleaning and sanitation protocols to make sure that we’re going to be keeping not just the public, but also the staff at the library safe,” said Brian Sylvester, the Dover Public Library’s new director.
He took over July 20th - replacing Margie Cyr who retired after 35-years with the Library.
He says the Library has a custodial service that cleans the library and is talking with them about additional service options.
Sylvester notes they are also getting recommendations on reopening from the American Library Association, the Delaware Division of Libraries and others.
“There’s also a study that was jointly done with the Institute of Museum and Library Science and a couple of other organizations. It’s called the Realm Study." said Sylvester. "It has some scientific background on the best way to quarantine library materials.”
Sylvester says the current target date for reopening is October 26, 2020. The Dover City Council will discuss the issue again on October 13, 2020.
While the library building remains closed, people can still pick up books and other library material via curbside pickup.
Sylvester says they also offer “book bundles” which contain a package of themed books for children.