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NCLS Reopening Guide: Circulating Materials

Book Quarantine

NCLS does not recommend quarantining library materials between checkouts at this time.

According to the CDC, "the risk of infection from touching a surface is low. The most reliable way to prevent infection from surfaces is to regularly wash hands with soap and water or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Cleaning and disinfecting surfaces can also reduce the risk of infection."

Updated December 2021

Circulation Rules

Consider these items for reducing risk of infection when circulating materials.

Extending Loan Periods. Give patrons more time to return items so they can delay their return to the library.

Going fine free. Reduces risk of covid-19 through cash handling.

Increasing Number of Checked out Materials. If patrons can check more items out, they can delay their return to the library.