The Library building is open for short visits with limited hours and limited services.

Temporary Library Hours

M-Th: 10:00am – 7:00pm
Fri: 10:00am – 6:30pm
Sat: 10:00am – 5:30pm
Sun: Closed

 

Requirements for in-library visits:

  • Don’t visit if you are sick.
  • Wear a face mask at all times if you are over the age of five.
  • Maintain 6-feet social distance between you and other patrons and staff.
  • Frequently wash your hands with soap and water.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue.

 

What will I be able to do when I visit?

  • Visit the library for 30 minutes or less.
  • Look for and check out materials.
  • Use a computer by appointment for 30 minutes or less with limited staff assistance (from a distance).
  • Make photocopies.
  • Speak to a librarian for help with reference questions, finding library materials, and help using downloadables on a mobile device.

 

What won’t I be able to do?

  • Stay longer than 30 minutes.
  • Use the vending machines and vending cafe.
  • Visit the Library Shop.
  • Use study rooms or meeting rooms.
  • Donate used materials.
  • Use the water fountains.
  • Play with toys and stuffed animals in the Youth Room.
  • During this phase, curbside service will continue. Programs will continue to be virtual.  

What’s the library doing to keep patrons and staff safe?

  • Following guidelines from Oakland County and the State of Michigan public health, all employees must report to work healthy and symptom-free.  
  • Staff and patrons wear masks at all times.
  • Staff and patrons maintain social distance.
  • Staff and patrons practice good hygiene.
  • Limiting patrons visits.
  • Enhanced cleaning protocols include disinfecting high-touch objects and surfaces and deep cleaning of the library building several times a week.
  • Items returned to the library are quarantined for 96 hours per the REALM Project test.

What if I can’t wear a mask?

In order to keep the library safe for all users, we ask that everyone over the age of two, wear a face mask of some kind.  If you are medically unable to wear a mask, tell staff upon entering the library.  We encourage those who can’t wear a mask to use curbside service and speak with library staff via phone.  The library is offering face shields as an alternative.

What if I don’t feel comfortable coming into the library?

  • Visit the library’s Virtual Branch at www.btpl.org/virtual.
  • Use online databases.
  • Use ebooks and other downloadable content.
  • Use curbside service.
  • Talk with librarians over the phone.
  • Check out all the great book talks and other resources on the Virtual Branch www.btpl.org/virtual.

How can I reach library staff?

  • Call 248-642-5800 during regular hours.
  • Email the departments.
  • Follow the library’s social media feeds on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

 


Reopening Plans

Bloomfield Township Public Library looks forward to reopening library services with a focus on the health and safety of both staff and patrons. This will be a phased response to the pandemic and will model the Michigan Safe Start Plan. The Library will adapt its phases in accordance with recommendations from local, state, and federal authorities. At times, it may be necessary to move back and forth between the phases depending on several factors, including government recommendations, changes in illness in the area, and at the Library Director’s determination.  At this time, the dates for each phase are not known.

Read the Library’s Reopening Policy.

Phase One: Building Closed
While the building and drive up return are closed, the Library remains open. This includes:

  • eResources, downloads, eCards available via btpl.org.
  • Extended due dates and library card expiration dates.
  • Talk to a librarian by email.
  • Virtual programming available.

Phase Two: Contactless Service
The Library is open for curbside service, with reduced operating hours, and:

  • Drive-up return is open 24/7.
  • Talk to a librarian by email or phone.
  • Library By Mail delivery service available.
  • Returned material quarantined for 96 hours.
  • Virtual programming available.

Phase Three: Controlled In-House Service (Current Phase)
The Library is open for 30-minute visits, with reduced operating hours.

  • Advise individuals to stay home if ill.
  • Social distancing in place.
  • Masks are required.
  • Plexiglass shields at all public service desks in place.
  • Appointments available for computer
  • 30-minute limit for quick browsing of library materials to borrow and continued curbside service.
  • No use of the Commons, Vending Cafe, Library Shop, meeting rooms, or study rooms.
  • Talk to a librarian by email, phone or in person.
  • Returned material quarantined for 96.

Virtual programming available.

Phase Four: Limited Service
The Library is open without an appointment, but still with limited capacity and social distancing.

  • Advise individuals to stay home if ill.
  • Plexiglass shields at all public service desks in place.
  • Socially distanced and limited seating available.
  • Study rooms limited to one person at a time.
  • No use of meeting rooms.
  • Browsing and continued curbside service by appointment.
  • Talk to a librarian by email, phone, or in-person.
  • Returned material quarantined for 96 hours.
  • Virtual programming available.

Phase Five: Cautious Full Service
The Library is open regular hours for cautious full service, including:

  • Follow general safety guidelines.
  • Continue regular cleaning.
  • Advise individuals to stay home if ill.
  • Regular programming resumes.
  • Study rooms, meetings rooms, Vending Cafe, Library Shop, and Commons area.