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Library resumes genealogy, computer use by appointment

Library resumes genealogy, computer use by appointment Library resumes genealogy, computer use by appointment

The public can once again use computers at all Harrison County Public Library branches but appointments must be made in advance.

“People may register for one 60-minute session by calling their library branch,” said Alisa Burch, director of the library. “At this time, no extensions will be allowed unless by prior arrangement.  We are taking precautions to ensure the safety of the public and our staff.”

Precautions include:

Only one person per time slot/computer (unless patron brings someone to assist them on the computer).

Only those 18 and older will be allowed in the building.

No headphones will be provided. Patron may bring their own if needed.

Access to the building will be limited to the assigned computer. No browsing or rest room facilities will be available.

Computer users must wear a mask or face covering.

All people in the library are required to observe social distancing of at least six feet.

The library is also offering genealogy services by appointment at the Frederick Porter Griffin Center in Corydon. Those wishing to do research should call the FPGC at 812-738-5412. In addition to the safety precautions already noted, additional procedures will be observed.

Those making appointments will be asked for their research focus so staff may gather information in advance and to guarantee the documents needed are not in quarantine. Staff will pull all materials for patrons.

Only one researcher will be allowed in the building at a time (one helper will also be allowed).

Researchers must wear a mask or face covering in the facility and will be asked to stand behind sneeze guards at the information desk when seeking assistance or copies.

No rest room facilities will be available.

“Do not enter any library facility if you are feeling sick or if any member of your household is sick,” said Burch. “We ask anyone, staff or public, to do this two-question self-assessment: ‘Do I feel like I have a fever?’ (if in doubt take your temperature). ‘Do I have a persistent cough not related to an allergy or other known condition?’

“If you answer yes to either question, do not enter the library,” Burch said. “Cancel your appointment and reschedule after you and other members in your household are well.”

The library will continue to offer curbside pickup of books, magazines and DVDs as well as curbside document services.

Plans are underway to offer public access to all library buildings beginning June 15.

Hours for computer and genealogy services, curbside pickup and document services are:

Main branch in Corydon (812-738-4110) — Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Palmyra branch (812-364-6425) — Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Lanesville branch (812-952-3759) — Monday through Thursday from noon to 7:30 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Elizabeth branch (812-969-2899) — Mondays and Thursdays from 1 to 6:30 p.m., Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 1 to 7:30 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Frederick Porter Griffin Center (812-738-5412) — Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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