Are library materials safe to use?

From the beginning of the pandemic, we have strictly followed CDC recommendations and took necessary precautions to keep our staff and patrons safe. These precautions included quarantining library materials returned at all Onondaga County libraries for several days before they were checked in and recirculated. This was an important safety decision early in the pandemic, but new science has shown that surface contact is not a significant means of virus transfer.

Therefore, OCPL libraries discontinued quarantine in late April 2021, as have many other library systems in New York State, including Mid-Hudson, Pioneer, Suffolk and Westchester. Hand hygiene, mask wearing and regular cleaning of high-touch surfaces have proven to be important tools in preventing spread of the virus, and library staff and patrons will continue to follow these recommendations.

As always, we will continue to respond to evolving information and circumstances, and we are thankful for our community’s cooperation and support!


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