Library to extend Sunday closure until further notice

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Move comes amid continued staffing challenges

COLUMBUS—Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) will extend its Sunday closure until further notice due to continued staffing challenges. In early November, CML announced that all 23 locations would close Sundays through early January.

Fully staffed, CML employs approximately 870 full- and part-time staff members. CML’s staffing count in early November was 711. Two months later, that number has risen to 739 and counting. CML leaders will continue to assess staffing levels throughout the coming weeks. Open library positions are posted on CML’s Careers page.

In response to the recent rise in COVID-19 in central Ohio, CML staff may limit the number of people who can attend some of its programs to ensure social distancing.

CML also continues to distribute free COVID-19 testing kits, supplied by the Ohio Department of Health, at all 23 locations. Customers are encouraged to call 614-645-2275 to check availability before visiting, as locations frequently run out of stock, and to please call the Curbside Pickup number posted in the parking lot when they arrive. Customers seeking kits are asked to remain outside, and a staff member will bring a test kit to them, if one is available.

CML asks that customers not enter its buildings if they are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, or if they recently came in contact with someone who is experiencing symptoms. Masks are still required in all CML locations by order of the City of Columbus and Library Board of Trustees. Children under the age of 2 are not required to wear a mask.

Columbus Metropolitan Library has served the people of Franklin County, Ohio since 1873. With its Main Library and 22 branches, CML is well known for signature services and programs like School Help, Reading Buddies, Summer Reading Challenge and Ready for Kindergarten. The library’s Strategic Plan supports the vision of “a thriving community where wisdom prevails,” which positions CML to respond to areas of urgent need: kids unprepared for kindergarten, third grade reading proficiency, high school graduation, college and career readiness and employment resources.

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