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Libraries open to in-person browsing

Jamie Lusch / Mail Tribune All 15 library branches in Jackson County have reopened to in-person browsing.
Masks required inside library branches

All 15 library branches in Jackson County have reopened to in-person browsing.

The number of people allowed inside each branch may be limited to ensure social distancing requirements can be met.

Patrons are being asked to use the self-service stations to check out materials. Floor decals near the service desks will help visitors maintain proper distancing.

Lounge seating will not be available.

The second floor of the Medford library will be closed for renovations.

Due to COVID-19, patrons previously had been limited to placing holds on books, then picking them up after librarians had found them and placed the books on shelves designated for holds.

For those who have placed holds, they should continue picking up their own holds off the designated shelves. Books are organized based on patrons’ last names.

Current operating hours for the branches are listed at jcls.org/hours-locations.

Hours for the Medford and Ashland libraries have changed.

The Medford library is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays and from noon until 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

The Ashland library hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Patrons 5 and older are required to wear a mask that fully covers their nose and mouth when picking up items, in accordance with Oregon’s statewide mask mandate. Plastic full-face shields are discouraged and are not recommended by the Oregon Health Authority or the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Smaller, plastic mouth or chin shields are not an acceptable face covering. Patrons who cannot wear a mask for medical or other reasons, or who remove their mask while in the library, will not be permitted to enter or remain in the library. They may request an accommodation and pick up materials outside in a socially distanced manner that protects staff and the community, library officials said.

Computers will remain available during open hours on a first-come, first-served basis. Patrons are limited to a single 60-minute session per day. Wireless printing is available at all branches. For more information, see jcls.org/services/computers-wifi. Patrons who use computers or in-person services must follow all safety protocols, including wearing a mask.

One-on-one appointments in branches with digital services specialists will resume in mid-May. To schedule an appointment, call 541-734-3990 or email digitalservices@jcls.org.

COVID-19 vaccine registration assistance is available at each branch. Residents needing access to a computer and internet or assistance navigating the sites for signing up for a vaccine in Jackson County can get help during each library’s regular open hours.

Although in-person browsing is now available, patrons are still encouraged to request book advice and personalized recommendations through the JCLS Discovery online form at jcls.org/collections/book-advice/. A JCLS staff member will curate a customized list of up to 15 books for patrons within three days, and titles can be placed on hold directly from the list of recommendations. Patrons can also browse the online catalog and staff book lists and subscribe to the Library Connect blog at jcls.org/about/library-connect-blog/ to find recommendations. In-person advice is also available at each branch.

Staff are available to answer questions and help with research at information@jcls.org or by calling 541-774-8689 for the Medford library or 541-774-6996 for the Ashland library.

Jackson County Library Services continues to provide a mix of in-person and online programs ― including storytime, author talks, lectures and more. The library’s Take & Make kits offer a way for patrons to bring art, crafting and science projects home with them. Visit jcls.org/ to register for upcoming programs, or see the JCLS Beyond YouTube channel to view past presentations.