Rochester Hills Public Library Reverts Back to Phase Four of
Reopening Plan Due to Rising COVID-19 Cases
(ROCHESTER – November 12, 2020) As COVID-19 continues to impact local communities, Rochester Hills Public Library is taking steps to help mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus. Due to recent data from Oakland County Health Division (OCHD) and Michigan Department of Health & Human Services (MDHHS) regarding rising cases of COVID-19 in Oakland County and across Michigan, the library will revert to Phase Four of its reopening plan beginning Monday, Nov. 16.
Since July 6, the library has operated under Phase Three of its plan. This Grab & Go phase allowed a limited number of patrons to access the building for one-hour and to check-out materials. In Phase Four, the library steps back to drive-thru and express services only. The reopening plan is in place to allow the library to respond, as needed, to COVID-19.
“Given the 12% positivity rate of the virus in Oakland County and knowing we have alternatives for delivering library services," said Juliane Morian, library director. "I am confident this is the best course of action to keep our staff, volunteers, and community as safe as possible while meeting the needs of our residents.”
In Phase Four:
- Library hours remain the same;
- Building access is limited to Express Pickup & Return either in the south entrance/lobby or drive-thru window;
- Librarians are available to answer questions by phone or email;
- The community Bookmobile is off the road.
Library patrons may reserve books, DVDs, kits, and more at rhpl.org and may choose to pick them up at either the drive-thru window or in the south entrance/lobby. Patrons can return library items at the drive-thru window, the automated return, or the south entrance/lobby using the return slots.
The library is also open 24/7 online for patrons to borrow eBooks, audiobooks, movies, music, TV shows, and more. RHPL added more digital titles for circulation and will expand its WiFi access to the south and west parking lots for people to use while sitting in their cars. To further assist patrons with computer needs, RHPL will continue to lend laptops bundled with WiFi hotspots for use at home. These items may be reserved online and picked up at the drive-thru window only. Take and Make program supplies are available for pickup at the drive-thru window. Other programs remain online.
Additionally, many library needs can be handled over the phone by calling (248) 656-2900 or emailing the library’s management team using the Contact Us form at rhpl.org.
“RHPL has worked for many months to develop a flexible library with programs and services brought directly to patrons,” Morian noted. “We thank the community for its continued support and understanding as RHPL moves through the ups and downs of COVID-19.”
For more information about Rochester Hills Public Library’s COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan, visit rhpl.org/covid-19.
Rochester Hills Public Library
Contact: Tiffany Dziurman Stozicki
248.805.1689/text or call