Hammond Public Library
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Phase-in of Service
The Hammond Public Library remains committed to the safety of our library patrons and staff. We continue to carefully monitor the rapidly evolving information and guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and the State of Indiana; and are establishing procedures to help you, your families, and our staff as we begin to phase in services.
Beginning May 11, staff will return to the library in order to learn new procedures for maintaining a safe work environment, and new procedures for safely handling library materials. The library will be open to the public beginning Tuesday, May 26. Fines and fees
will not accrue before June 1.
To limit the spread of coronavirus, the Hammond Public Library:
• has significantly increased the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting
surfaces such as door handles and knobs, tabletops, counters, elevator
buttons, and computer equipment.
• has stepped up the number of times we service our public restrooms each day.
• has installed sneeze guards at public desks.
• has removed all toys from the children's area.
• encourages everyone to wash their hands properly, cover coughs and sneezes, avoid touching their faces, stay at home if they feel sick, and contact their medical provider if they have traveled to certain countries.
• is placing all returned items into quarantine for 48 hours, after which they will be sanitized with 70% alcohol-based or other antiviral solution, then made available for check-out.
• offers public wi-fi available from the east parking lot.
• offers a variety of online resources, including e-books, e-audiobooks,
and streaming movies and music that you may access from home.
Phase I: Tuesday, May 26 – Friday, June 19
• The Hammond Public Library will reopen on Tuesday, May 26 at 9 a.m.
• Library hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; closed Saturday and Sunday.
• The library will not accept donations of material.
• No more than 20 non-staff members will be permitted in the building.
• There will be no charge for public printouts, faxes or scans.
When you visit, we ask that patrons follow these guidelines:
• All returned library material must be placed in the book drop outside the east entrance.
• Patrons must use the east entrance only.
• Patrons are required to wear masks in the building for their personal protection.
• Patrons are encouraged to plan their library visit for the minimum amount of time necessary in the building. Organize and prepare prior to your visit.
• Patrons are encouraged to place holds for materials from home and to come to the library when they have been contacted that their materials are ready for pick-up.
• Patrons who come to the library to search for new materials will be limited to
using the library catalog and filling out special request slips. Library staff will then retrieve available materials. Items that cannot be found in a timely manner will be placed on hold and the patron will receive notification when the items are ready for pick-up.
• Patrons must practice social distancing of at least six feet in all areas, and must avoid handshakes.
• We recommend that families limit the number children they bring into the library, and that babies and toddlers remain at home.
• Every child 13 years of age or younger MUST be accompanied by a parent or guardian. No exceptions. The adult must remain in Youth Services during the
• Patrons may access public computers for a maximum of 30 minutes once per day. Computer availability will be limited.
— Adult and Teen (14 and older) patrons will use the Computer Lab. They are asked to schedule computer time in advance by calling the Computer Lab
at (219) 931-5100, ext. 382.
— Children will use the computers in Youth Services. Computers should be reserved by calling Youth Services at (219) 931-5100, ext. 336.
Those using the computers to access assistance programs are encouraged to
notify staff when they sign up to allow additional time.
Indiana residents who need help feeding their families during the COVID-19 pandemic will have greater access to assistance from food banks and pantries through a Disaster Household Distribution program approved by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS):
Indiana Women, Infants, and Children Program
Indiana Food Assistance Map:
COVID-19 Resource Guide for Hoosiers Looking for Assistance (updated 3/28/2020)
Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Resource Page:
Department of Workforce Development: Indiana Unemployment FAQ:
Indiana Essential Businesses and Operations List
UPDATED (4/27/2020): Indiana Stay-At-Home Order FAQ
Hammond Public Library
Phone: (219) 931-5100
Hours: Monday-Thursday 9am-9pm
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