Updates 2020

Library Building Reopened June 15th

We have taken the next step toward restarting services, following the Governor’s Responsible Restart Ohio Guidelines and complying with public health recommendations. On June 15th, we open the building for limited services. Please read through the changes and understand what we are doing to make your visit successful. These changes are new for all of us and we appreciate your patience as we move ahead.

Entering the building:
All patrons must enter through the parking lot doors. Main Street doors are exit-only.
Your visit should be no more than an hour. Extended visits and hanging out are not possible. Think of it as "grab-and-go" library with visits no longer than an hour.
Face masks are required. If you don't have one, we can supply one to you.
No food or drink is permitted inside.
Please maintain at least a 6 foot distance from others.

Library services available:

  1. Pick up holds from inside the building
  2. Talk to library staff
  3. Use public restrooms
  4. Send a fax
  5. Make copies & print
  6. Use a public computer
  7. Notarize a document
  8. Browse shelves of materials

Anyone not wishing to come inside the building can continue to use our curbside pickup service.

Library events will continue to be virtual and we are distributing kits so you can participate at home.

Following ODH and CDC guidelines, we follow a strict cleaning and sanitizing protocol, outlined in our Health and Safety Statement below. We will continue a phased approach to restarting services, moving forward again when it is deemed safe for staff and community to do so. 

FAQ About Reopening

Reed Memorial Library Health and Safety Statement

Reed Memorial Library will implement the following measures per state and local health guidelines:

  • Six-foot minimum distance between all individuals or the minimum required by the Ohio Dept of Health (ODH). Visual indicators and signage posted in high traffic areas demonstrating a six-foot distance.
  • No more than 40 individuals may be in public spaces at one time with the current limited library floor plan.
  • Staff will not report to work and the public should refrain from entering the library if showing the following COVID-19 symptoms in the last 72 hours: cough, fever, respiratory illness, or difficulty breathing.
  • Clear, protective, counter shields installed at transaction desks between staff and public where appropriate/possible.
  • Sanitization of shared surfaces by staff, hourly as needed, to high-touch areas.
  • Returned materials quarantined for a minimum of 96 hours before substantial contact with staff.  
  • The public is encouraged to use self-checkout stations instead of interacting with staff, when possible.
  • Payment by credit card or online is encouraged.
  • Employees are required to wear masks. Staff may supply their own masks or choose to wear one provided by the library.
  • Staff will self-monitor their temperatures prior to reporting for work and stay home if over 100.4 degrees.
  • An adequate supply of cleaning products, masks, and gloves will be available to staff. Staff required to perform thorough hand washing for at least 20 seconds per ODH guidelines; Glove use is optional but available for staff as needed/requested.
  • Staff will clean workstations before and after use.

RML strongly advises members of the public to refrain from entering buildings if you or a member of your household has been ill or has a temperature.

Please use this opportunity to learn more about our online resources and follow us on Facebook and Instagram as we bring library events and programs to you via social media. Library staff is available Monday through Saturday, 9 am - 6 pm via live chat on this website, by email at childrens@reedlibrary.org and reference@reedlibrary.org and through Facebook Messenger. 


Visit our Coronavirus Resource Page for links to trusted information, services and special help during the pandemic. 

See our Special Resources Page for companies and organizations offering special resources during the pandemic


May 10, 2020

To the readers, learners, and dreamers of Reed Memorial Library,

I hope this letter finds you well. This experience has been difficult for everyone and each in our own way.  For the Library staff, it has been difficult not to serve each of you who enjoy or rely on what the Library provides.  We have adapted our offerings but we know it’s not the same.

Since the Governor has given clear guidelines on how businesses can reopen, we have outlined a phased approach for reopening the Library.  

Please bear in mind that library service will not be the same in the months to come.  Our staff will be wearing facial coverings, gloves, and maintaining six feet of social distance at all times.  This is for their and your safety.  We are also working hard to find creative ways to provide additional services when it is safe to reopen our doors.  

I wanted to extend a thank you to the Portage County Combined General Health District for their consultation on our plan for reopening and all the work they are doing to keep our communities safe.

While many things have changed, the one thing that has not is the commitment our staff has to serving you.  You will still get the same service with a smile.  It will certainly be different with face coverings, but if you look closely, you’ll see the smiles in our eyes.

Yours in reading, learning, and dreaming,

Brian C. Hare


To stay healthy, the CDC and other health agencies recommend:

  1. Washing your hands frequently. Wash your hands for 20 seconds or more with soapy water. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  3. Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  4. Stay home and away from others if you are sick.
  5. Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces frequently.
  6. Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.