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NEIU Libraries Fall 2020 Operating Plan

COVID-19 Policies for Fall Semester 2020

Visitor Requirements

Visitors Must: Rationale
  • Use the online form to make a reservation to enter the Ronald Williams Library and use study space.
In order to plan for and control the number of visitors in the building to meet city and state requirements.
  • Consent to the requirements listed in entry agreement.
In order to maintain the guidelines for safety in the Library, we need all visitors to abide by these rules.
  • Present NEIU identification card to enter the Library.
To lower the number of visitors and facilitate contact tracing. This policy is approved by the University Administration and (on a temporary basis) the FDLP.
  • Wear a face mask at all times while in the building.
To meet state requirements for public spaces: Executive Order 2020-43. ADA does NOT provide a blanket exemption for anyone who does not want to wear a mask.
  • Maintain 6 feet of distance from other people and practice other social distancing and safety behaviors suggested by the CDC.
CDC and IDPH guidelines.
  • Remain on the 1st floor.
To lower the number of visitors and better control visitor behavior in the space.
  • Refrain from moving furniture (other than white boards).
Furniture is arranged to maintain social distancing.
  • Clean their assigned study space or Library computer with provided disinfectant wipe before use. 
The virus is known to persist on some types of surfaces.
  • Leave the library after their assigned time has ended.
Guidelines suggest that longer time spent in inside areas with other people increases risk of exposure.
  • Understand they will be asked to leave the Library if they do not follow these requirements.
In order to maintain the guidelines for safety in the Library, we need all visitors to abide by these policies.

Staff Requirements

Staff Must: Rationale
  • Develop a work-from-home plan with their supervisor and work most of their hours away from the LIbrary.
To limit staff exposure and control the number of people in the building to meet city and state requirements.
  • Monitor themselves for symptoms and stay home if they have any.
CDC and IDPH guidelines
  • Check in and out with Campus Security when arriving and departing for work in the building.
University requirement
  • Wear a face mask at all times while in the building
To meet state requirements for public spaces: Executive Order 2020-43.
  • Maintain 6 feet of distance from other staff and library visitors and practice other social distancing and safety behaviors suggested by the CDC.
CDC and IDPH guidelines.
  • Take outside breaks every hour.
Guidelines suggest that longer time spent indoors with other people increases risk of exposure.
  • Wear gloves while handling library materials
The virus is known to persist on some types of surfaces.
  • Wash their hands often.
CDC and IDPH guidelines
  • Clean their workspace often.
The virus is known to persist on some types of surfaces.

Facilities, Services, and Collections

Policy Rationale
  • During Phase 4 only Floor One of the Ronald Williams Library is accessible to users. All other spaces are closed and off limits.
To lower the number of visitors and better control visitor behavior in the space.
  • Building occupancy limit will be set at 40 visitors.
State limits are set at 50 people. Some of that number will be taken by library staff performing necessary duties to manage the building and provide Grab and Go.
  • Meeting rooms and classrooms are not available for use. Events and group meetings are not permitted in the Library.
Guidelines suggest that longer time spent indoors with other people increases risk of exposure. Meeting rooms are small, confined spaces.
  • A single service point will be staffed during Phase 4. 
To reduce the number of staff needed for onsite services and lower the risk of exposure.
  • Physical library materials can be checked out, but requests for these materials must be submitted online. They will be made available for pick at the Grab and Go service area.
The virus is known to persist on some types of surfaces. Floors other than the first will not be accessible to library visitors.
  • After each stage of handling, library materials will be quarantined for 3 days before they are made available to library users. This may result in a delay that is much longer than normal for many services.
The virus is known to persist on some types of surfaces.
  • The library will provide disinfecting wipes and hand sanitizer to library staff and visitors.
CDC  and IDPH guidelines.