Local library implementing a quarantine system for disinfecting books

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EDINBURG, Texas- During governor Greg Abbott’s first phase of reopening Texas a few weeks back, public libraries were allowed to open their doors.

While many made the decision to stay closed at the time, one local library has now laid out its reopening plan. 

“It’s going to be a little bit different, it’s going to be our new normal for a little bit,” said Letty Leija, Library Director at the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library in Edinburg. 

With a number of libraries already opened with restrictions, Leija said they decided to wait on their reopening until this coming Monday because they wanted to have time to plan out their safety guidelines.

“Our city was very conservative and cautious which I’m very happy that they are and it gave us a little bit more time to also have this phase plan already ready to go for our first day,” she said.

According to Leija, only 10 people will be allowed inside at a time for computer use only. 

To check out a book people will ill need to reserve them online and do curbside pick-up. 

Leija said they are implementing a ‘quarantine process’ system, when it comes to sanitizing their returned books.

“It’ll be boxed, quarantined for 72 hours about 3 days, then after that the staff will take it out, sanitize it, clean it with sanitizing disinfectants and then it’ll be ready to be shelved and available for check-out,” said Leija.

Visitors and staff will be required to wear a face mask at all times. Leija said they will be sanitizing their computers after every use. 

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