In an effort to be transparent about how Covid-19 has impacted our service and staffing, IndyPL will be using this webpage to update a weekly snapshot of data related to our staff Covid-19 testing, closures, and impact on services throughout the Library system.
The Indianapolis Public Library continuously evaluates our ability to maintain a safe, healthy environment for staff and patrons inside our locations. Library staff are self-monitoring for Covid-19 symptoms and reporting potential exposures from home. Out of an abundance of caution, libraries may be closed for a deep clean. A symptomatic or potentially exposed staff member and any other staff considered a close contact by CDC guidelines will require a negative Covid-19 test to return to work. This may cause a location to be closed or revert to curbside pickup only for multiple days if there are not enough staff available to operate a library location. Any current closures and service adjustments are posted at indypl.org/open for public awareness.
Beginning in October, we began adjusting our thresholds for what would qualify a contact-trace or deep clean in an effort to be more proactive. Additionally, we have removed Sunday service and ceased asking staff to travel to multiple locations for shifts. As Covid-19 cases throughout Indiana and especially in Marion County reached their highest levels ever in mid-December, IndyPL leadership decided to adjust in-branch services to only allow curbside pickup and limited computer use. As far as we can tell, the precautions being taken at an organizational level – along with the personal efforts of library staff – have mitigated virus transmission within our buildings.
We are continuing to seek and adapt to new ways to safely serve the public, while acknowledging the concerns and safety needs presented by The Marion County Health Department, and what we are learning through internal discussions. We will continuously evaluate our ability to maintain a safe, healthy environment for staff and patrons. These expectations are subject to change as needed. We ask that patrons be patient and respectful of our staff as we work through our new normal to bring Library services to the public.
The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) is making updates to their website as new information becomes available. You can sign up to receive updates by email.
If you experience symptoms such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath and have a recent history of travel to China or contact with someone suspected of having COVID-19 please contact the ISDH Epidemiology Resource Center at:
Visit Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett's Office Online at COVID-19 Community Resources to find community programs and services aimed at helping those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. See also Indiana COVID-19 Testing Information.
COVID-19 vaccine has arrived in Indiana. Visit Indiana's Vaccine and Information page for helpful answers about vaccine safety, who is eligible, and other frequently asked questions. Visit ourshot.in.gov to find a vaccination site near you.
For more information:
US Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
The CDC works to protect America from health, safety and security threats, including fighting diseases and supporting communities and citizens to do the same.
World Health Organization (WHO)
The WHO works worldwide to promote health and safety by identifying and responding to health emergencies, especially in vulnerable communities.
IndyPL Topic Guide Coronavirus
Looking for science-based, non-clickbait information on the coronavirus? Wash your hands, don't panic, and check out the resources on this list to stay informed.
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