Reopening Policies

Pandemic Policy PHASE III

Effective 7/13/2020

The Hopkinsville-Christian County Public Library (HCCPL) has established a pandemic policy. This policy is based on regulated requirements from the office of the Governor of the State of Kentucky and the Christian County Health Department.

This policy has been created to provide patrons access to materials and resources while providing both patrons and HCCPL staff members with the maximum amount of protection and safety. HCCPL will follow all necessary precautions to limit exposure to staff and patrons. An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. HCCPL retains the right to adjust and create additional limitations or to lift restrictions as needed.

Hours of Operation:

  • Monday-Friday: 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
    • Vulnerable Patron Hours on Thursdays: 8:30 am-9:30 am
  • Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Sunday: Closed

Safety Guidelines:

  • No more than 50 patrons in the building at any given time.
  • Face masks required according to State Executive Order 2020-586
  • All social distancing rules apply.
  • All checkout and computer policies apply.
  • All signage related to traffic flow and social distancing must be followed.
  • Patrons will not be able to access chairs, tables, or charging stations.
  • Patrons will not be allowed to sit on the floor or lean on counters and bookcases.
  • Main entrance access from Bethel Street.
  • Only one restroom open on main floor. No restroom on second floor.

Available Services/Areas:

  • Book, audiobook, & DVDs checkouts
  • Limited computer usage.
    • Five (5) computers for public use.
    • One (1) computer for printing only with limit of up to 15 minute access.
    • Staff must stay 6’ apart when assisting patrons.
  • Scanning, faxing, and copying
  • Curbside checkout
  • Wi-Fi access 24/7 inside of the library and in the immediate areas outside of the library
  • All fine payments accepted
  • New/renew library cards
  • Genealogy materials for in-house use
  • Passports by appointment
    • ONLY individuals directly involved in obtaining a passport may be in the passport area.

Services/Areas NOT Accessible:

  • Magazines or newspapers
  • Book-A-Bike checkouts
  • Book sales
  • Water fountains
  • Public meeting spaces
  • Regular weekly programs
  • Restrooms on second floor

Pandemic Policy PHASE II – Ended on 7/13/2020

Effective 6/8/2020

The Hopkinsville-Christian County Public Library (HCCPL) has established a pandemic policy. This policy is based on regulated requirements from the office of the Governor of the State of Kentucky and the Christian County Health Department.

This policy has been created to provide patrons access to materials and resources while providing both patrons and HCCPL staff members with the maximum amount of protection and safety. HCCPL will follow all necessary precautions to limit exposure to staff and patrons. An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. HCCPL retains the right to adjust and create additional limitations or to lift restrictions as needed.

Hours of Operation:

  • Monday-Friday: 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
    • Senior Citizen Hours on Thursdays: 8:30 am-9:30 am
  • Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Sunday: Closed

Safety Guidelines:

  • No more than 50 patrons in the building at any given time.
  • Face masks encouraged, not required.
  • All social distancing rules apply.
  • All signage related to traffic flow and social distancing must be followed.
  • Patrons will not be able to access chairs, tables, or charging stations.
  • Patrons will not be allowed to sit on the floor or lean on counters and bookcases.
  • Main entrance access from Bethel Street.
  • Only one restroom open.
  • Access only available to first floor. NO 2nd floor access permitted under Phase II.

Available Services/Areas:

  • Book, audiobook, & DVDs checkouts
  • Scanning, faxing, and copying
  • Curbside checkout
  • Wi-Fi access 24/7 inside of the library and in the immediate areas outside of the library
  • Fine payments (cash transactions accepted)
  • New/renew library cards

Services/Areas NOT Accessible:

  • Computers
  • Genealogy materials for in-house use
  • Magazines or newspapers
  • Book-A-Bike checkouts
  • Book sales
  • Water fountains
  • Public meeting spaces
  • In-person programs
  • Passport processing
  • Elevator or stairs