Library Reopening Plan

Joplin Public Library reopened its physical location on Monday, June 8, 2020. The Library staff and Board of Trustees will continue to monitor the situation and adjust dates as needed moving forward.  Stay up-to-date by following the Library’s Facebook page and visiting the website.

Our current operating plan is as follows:

  • The Library building reopened to the public on Monday, June 8, 2020.
  • Hours of operation are:
    • 10am-3pm Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday
    • 10am-6pm Tuesday and Friday
    • Closed Sunday
  • Services are limited. Patrons are required to wear a mask and continue social distancing, only send in one family member per visit and not come into the Library if unwell. Phone reference is available.
  • City of Joplin occupancy limits will be enforced.
  • The public computer lab will be open with reduced time limits. Some computers have been closed to ensure social distancing between patrons.
  • Curbside pickup will continue.
  • Chairs, tables, and children’s toys and games have been removed.
  • Study, Conference and Meeting Rooms remain closed until further notice.
  • The Makerspace remains closed until further notice.
  • No in-person library programming is scheduled at this time. Virtual programming will continue through the end of July. Programming options can be found on our Calendar or on our Facebook
  • JPL has a large digital collection that includes:

Library staff cannot sanitize every item that is checked out, but will quarantine returned items for a minimum of 72 hours before checking in and reshelving.  It is recommended that Library users wash their hands after handling library materials and avoid touching their face.

Since 1902, JPL has been fulfilling the information needs of citizens of Joplin and the surrounding community. JPL offers content to meet the informational, recreational, cultural enhancement and continuing educational needs of the general public.

 

Curbside Pickup Service

We are implementing phase three in our reopening plan. This latest phase will allow Library cardholders access to physical library materials and restore interlibrary loan services.

Starting on May 14, Library staff will begin offering limited hours for curbside pickup of hold items. Cardholders will be able to put items on hold at joplinpubliclibrary.org or by calling the Library. Items will be ready 24 hours after they are put on hold.

This new service will operate between the hours of 10 am to 2 pm, Monday through Saturday.

When users arrive at the Library a library staff member will verify their library card number and bring the items to the vehicle.

To provide overall safety, please adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Enter the Library parking lot from the 20th Street entrance
  • Once in the lot, enter the circle drive from the east entrance only
  • Stay in your car
  • Have your Library card out and ready
  • Return all previously checked out items using the exterior book drop
  • Keep book donations at home; they will not be accepted during this time
  • Do not use this service if you are not feeling well

Hold items will already be checked out to the users before they arrive, to streamline the pickup process.  All due dates have been extended by seven days to accommodate this.

Phone reference will be available during curbside pickup hours, and users continue to have 24 hours access to the Library’s online resources, including eBooks, eAudiobooks, online resources and learning tools.

Library staff cannot sanitize every item that is checked out, but will quarantine returned items for a minimum of 24 hours before checking in and reshelving.  It is recommended that Library users wash their hands after handling library materials and avoid touching their face.

Library staff and the Board of Trustees will continue to monitor the situation and adjust services and phases as needed to protect Library staff and the community.  Stay up-to-date by following the Library’s Facebook page and visiting the website.

Reopening of Book Drop

Joplin Public Library remains temporarily closed due to the coronavirus pandemic; however, Library staff are making plans to reopen some services.

The first phase in the process began May 5, with administrative and custodial staff returning to work full-time in the building. They have been readying the building, training on implementing upcoming phases and purchasing necessary supplies.

Phase two, which allows the opening of the Library’s book drop is coming soon. On Monday, May 11, the exterior book drop will be reopened to allow Library users to return their books and most other library materials.

The book drop will remain open until further notice, and upon return, all Library materials will be put through a 24-hour quarantine process.

Library material due dates have been extended until May 29; giving Library users several weeks to return items. Social distancing guidelines should be observed while returning items.

The Library will remain closed to the public until further notice, but online offerings are still available and non-cardholders can register online at joplinpubliclibrary.org for a temporary card to gain digital access.

“Our digital resources, including e-books, audiobooks, magazines, movies, music, and research tools are available through the Library’s website 24 hours a day,” said Jeana Gockley, the Joplin Public Library director.

Stay informed about upcoming phases by following the Library’s Facebook page and checking the website for updates.

Library Closed – due to Covid 19 pandemic

Joplin Public Library Temporarily Closes in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic (Joplin, Mo.) –

In an effort to be proactive in protecting the health and safety of our patrons, staff, and community during the COVID-19 outbreak, the Joplin Public Library is closing beginning Wednesday, March 18, until further notice. This includes all programs and outreach services.

The decision was difficult to make. We care deeply about being available for our community members, recognizing that the Library and its services are invaluable; however we feel this is the responsible thing to do at this time. Closings are inevitable, and the longer we delay, the less benefit is derived. We hope that this decision – and similar action being taken by other organizations – will maximize the benefits of recommended social distancing.

The Library’s administrative team will continue to monitor developments and respond accordingly. Follow us on Facebook and check our website for  updates.

The Library will be open until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17, which is the last day patrons can check out materials or pick up holds. Holds will be  maintained until the Library reopens. Patrons are asked not to return books and other Library materials via our outside drop boxes during this time. There is no penalty as the Library does not charge fines for overdue materials and will extend due dates.

Patrons still can access the Library’s digital resources, including e-books, e-magazines, downloadable audiobooks and streaming movies, music and television shows, as well as online research and learning tools.

In the meantime, the Library is encouraging patrons to stay informed on the outbreak through the

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services,

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services,

Jasper County Health Department,

and Joplin Health Department.