During the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, the Library is taking extra precautions for everyone's health and safety.
We would like you to be aware of health and safety measures in place at all libraries:
Here is what we are doing to keep you safe:
- Setting up services to be as contactless as possible.
- Maintaining 6 feet of physical distance from each other.
- Wearing cloth face coverings/masks and gloves.
- Following cleaning and disinfecting protocols put out by the CDC and OSHA.
- All buildings were thoroughly disinfected while we were closed.
- We ask that you do your part to keep our staff and other customers safe.
We ask that you:
- Take advantage of online and outdoor services, including curbside pickup.
- When buildings are open to the public, be willing to have your temperature taken before you enter the building. Anyone with a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher will be asked to come back at a later time.
- Wear a cloth face covering/mask. If you don’t have one, we will provide one. Masks are required to enter any library building.
- Make sure your hands are clean. We will provide hand sanitizing stations.
- Maintain at least 6 feet of distance from anyone else when you visit.
- Keep in mind that your visit will be short.
About government authority during pandemics:
The Pima County Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control have encouraged the universal use of masks for both indoor and outdoor settings, particularly when interacting with individuals who do not live in the same household. Pima County Public Library adheres to the Board of Supervisors Resolution 2020-96 and makes appropriate adjustments based on the most recent public health recommendations.
As a Pima County department, we are required to adhere to Pima County Resolution No. 2020-18 declaring an emergency for the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent Proclamation Section 6 limiting public access to buildings.
Subsequently, Pima County implemented Administrative Procedure 23-54 which went into effect on April 23, 2020. Emergency declarations by Federal, State, and Local Government officials provide broad power to protect public health and safety during times of pandemic. As a County department, the Library must follow the direction provided by both the Arizona Department of Health Services and the Pima County Health Department, which includes mask wearing and temperature taking. All persons, regardless of age, must have their temperature taken to enter any County facility, including libraries, and all persons must wear face coverings/masks while inside.
Social distancing and mask wearing combine to create the healthiest environment possible for both our staff and customers. The increased positivity rate and the introduction of more contagious COVID-19 variants resulted in the CDC’s updated recommendation that all individuals should wear two (2) masks (one surgical and one cloth).
For this reason, Pima County Public Library requires all individuals seeking to use library services, whether on the interior or exterior of the building, wear at least one mask at all times during the process.
The public library, as a limited public forum, has the legal authority and responsibility to determine the manner in which individuals utilize services. Pima County Public Library’s Customer Code of Conduct provides insight into the appropriate use of services, enforcement of the policy, and consequences of non-compliance. The most important part of our Customer Code of Conduct can be found in the enforcement paragraph:
“The rules set forth above are not intended to limit PCPL from taking action to ensure safety, security, and excellent customer service. Any behavior that is disruptive or that inhibits or prevents PCPL from providing a safe environment or accomplishing its mission may result in the denial of access to facilities and/or services.”
During this public health crisis, Pima County Public Library has taken appropriate action to provide a safe environment for both staff and customers alike. We appreciate your willingness to adhere to our requests during your use of Library services.
Privacy and confidentiality are core values of the Library. We will not collect personally identifiable information with regard to health information. When public entry is allowed, you will be asked for your initials and to have your temperature taken.
- Two centuries of law guide legal approach to modern pandemic (American Bar Association)
- Public Health Strategy and the Police Powers of the State (US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health)