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Bettendorf library will reopen Monday
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Bettendorf library will reopen Monday

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The library in Bettendorf reopened Monday, but procedures are different than they were before the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bettendorf: Patrons won't be allowed in to browse around the shelves and check out materials in person. Instead, they will order materials online or by phone. Staff will pull the materials and pack them in plastic bags for pickup from a table set up curbside at the back of the library, across from Family Video. Patrons are asked to make appointments and pick up their materials in 10-minute intervals.

The automated return machine is back on, and materials will be quarantined 72 hours before they are put back on shelves, director Sue Mannix said.

The only reason for actually going into the library will be to pick up a new card or prizes for the summer reading program and to use the computers.

Mannix is especially happy to be able to offer computer use again, as some people really depend on them. On Friday morning, for example, a 60-something woman was in the parking lot by 8:30 a.m., wondering when she could get in.

"She clearly had been without that resource for the last weeks," Mannix said.

To provide for proper social distancing, some of the computers have been removed.

Barrier tape that provides for social distancing has been installed throughout the building to show where patrons are to walk, and not walk. A staff member will be positioned at the entrance behind plexiglass with a "ticker" to count the number of people entering. The goal is to have no more than 10 in a given area, such as the entrance or the computer stations.

Meeting rooms are not available, there are no in-person programs and none of the reading tables or study rooms are open.

All staff will be wearing face coverings.

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