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The Clarksville-Montgomery County Public Library will begin a phase 2 modified reopening to the public Aug. 3 at 9 a.m.

Due to the continuing threat of COVID-19 the library will continue to operate in a safe manner but will slightly modify and expand its offerings to better serve Montgomery County residents.

Open hours to the public will be expanded to Mondays through Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. for uniformity and to offer more hours of service.

It will add a public study room for use in the second-floor genealogy room. There will be 10 tables for use by 10 people with 6-foot distancing. Patrons may sit at a table for one-hour periods on a renewable basis, and they may stay longer depending on demand for the tables.

Twenty public computers will be available.

The library will discontinue the extension of due dates beginning Aug. 3. The current due date for all items in good standing is currently Aug. 21. Items will return to their normal checkout pre-COVID checkout periods beginning with new checkouts Aug. 3 with the previous renewal rules – with special exception for COVID-19 situations.

“We ask the public to begin to gradually return items that they have had for months so that other patrons may enjoy those materials and so they don’t flood the library on Aug. 21, the current due date,” said library director Martha Hendricks. “If you are someone who needs to remain at home due to COVID, please give us a call in August, and we will renew your items.”

During the phase 2 modified period, the length of which is unknown at this time, the library will continue with the suspension of all programming, meeting room use and acceptance of donations. Browsing of the full collection is suspended. Masks are required to enter the building for anyone 13 or older in accordance with the current executive order by Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett. The library may have several more phases of reopening before returning to normal operations than other county offices due to the nature of its mission and interaction with patrons.

The library’s book return at the back of the building will continue to be open. All library materials returned will be quarantined for three days before they are recirculated as a precautionary measure. Items may be placed on hold either by using an online library account or by calling the library for assistance at 931-648-8826 during or open hours or using d6.mcgtn.org/library/about/contact.

Shifting outcomes during the next weeks could cause library hours and some of the procedures to change; updates will be provided at mcgtn.org/library and also at facebook.com/CMCPublicLibrary. Library staff continues to push out interactive programming on the Facebook page to provide educational and interactive resources to the community.

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