Plan of Service

Reopening plan, Long range plan and technology plan

COVID-10 Library Building Reopening Plan

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Villisca Public Library – COVID-19 Library Building Reopening Phased Plan*

INTRODUCTION: First and foremost, the health, safety, and well-being of our staff members and our patrons have guided and will continue to guide the development of these phases, and in large part will determine when we reopen our facilities.

This document will continue to be developed as we learn more and is subject to change.

Phase 2 (May 19th-June 1st): To ensure staff safety, if a library patron ignores social-distancing protocols, the library management reserves the right to ask them to leave.

  • Library reopens to provide access to physical materials, but with reduced hours. Other services are limited or restricted.
  • Library staff will wear and library patrons will be strongly encouraged to wear face masks.
  • Library staff will wear gloves while handling returned library materials.
  • Hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes will be available in several locations within the library.
  • Library patrons will stay in front of Plexiglas barrier, and library staff will stay behind the Plexiglas barrier.
  • Library will begin to be open to the public, limited number of patrons in library at one time (12 patrons maximum)  for book check out until 1 hour before closing to allow for cleaning.
  • Newspapers and periodicals may be read at your own risk.
  • Computers will be available by appointment only and limited to 45 minutes daily. Changes may be made at the discretion of the library staff with time in between to sanitize.
  • Due to social distancing, only 4 public computers will be available at one time. NO headphones will be available for checkout.
  • Staff will be available to help make copies and send faxes.
  • Restrooms are not available to public.
  • Conference room not available to public.
  • High Risk patrons are encouraged to continue use of curbside pick-up or home delivery.
  • Physical distancing is recommended. Infection risks are still high. We have enough supplies to comply with safety recommendations for public and staff, but supply needs and availability are uncertain.

Summary: Our intention is to provide access to materials (with possible materials pickup curbside and contactless home delivery), but not to encourage extended stays or gatherings. Seating is removed from the public floor. No reservations for the meeting room are accepted. Computer access may be offered but will be limited to 4 stations. Open hours are reduced from our regular schedule to allow for materials to be sanitized and shelved and library surfaces cleaned and sanitized before the library opens to the public. While open, there is limited face-to-face staff/public interaction.

*** All subject to change based on current Covid-19 restrictions.**

Long Range Plan

This document, prepared by the Library Board, is the plan of what is going to happen at the library over the next few years. It shows what we set as priorities to meet the needs of our community.

If your library has a long range plan, enter it here, or upload a file and create a link here.

This document projects up to 5 years into the future and outlines the library's goals and objectives for maintaining and developing collections and services to meet the communities needs. Development of such a plan usually involves the staff, the trustees, and the general public. The plan responds to identified community needs.

Technology Plan


This is our plan on how we will stay up-to-date on the use of technology in the library.

If you have developed a Technology plan for your library enter it here, or upload the file and create a link to it.

Every Iowa library that applies for the Universal Services Fund Discount Program for discounted telecommunications services must have an approved technology plan on file with the State Library of Iowa.  An approved technology plan should establish connections between the proposed physical infrastructure of the information technology and professional development strategies that will lead to library service improvements. Plans should cover at least three (3) years and include goals, strategies and budget information for three years.

Even if your library does not apply for E-rate discounts its a good idea to plan the use of technology for the future.

This resource is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by State Library of Iowa.