Dexter District Library Building Closed – Online Services Open

The Dexter District Library building has fully closed now through April 13, 2020.  They will continue to monitor orders from the State. A reopening date is still to be determined.

From the District Library 

Our staff is still working (mostly from home) and remain available to help you, click here to contact us.

While the Governor’s Executive Order 2020-20 allows for limited commerce, our attorneys have stated that curbside pickup at public libraries is not permissible.  We will continue to monitor developments and have processes in place to resume curbside service if it becomes permissible.

If you returned any Library items between Friday, March 13, 2020 and early Wednesday morning, March 18, 2020, those items have been placed in quarantine and will continue to show on your account until they’ve been checked back in. These same items may be showing as overdue, lost or as fines on your account.  You will not be fined for any items returned during this period.  All of the fines will be erased when the items get checked in.

Our outdoor return boxes are now locked.  Please keep all materials at home for the time being.  No overdue fines will be assessed during this period.

All library cards that have recently expired or were going to expire soon have had expiration dates extended.

If you don’t have a library card, click HERE to apply for one.

Online registration is only available to residents of the Dexter Community School District.  If you reside outside our service area, please check with your home library about getting a card.

Message from the Director Paul McCann

Completely closing the Library was the most difficult decision I have had to make in 25 years at the Dexter District Library. We tried a variety of options internally to keep our staff safe and ensure continuity of traditional Library service. Unfortunately, general environmental conditions continue to change rapidly and our focus has shifted to one that puts the health and welfare of the whole community first.

While we took significant steps to quarantine and sanitize materials, the rapid and continuing spread of COVID-19 requires all of us to step back and reprioritize. We hope that this effort will help slow any spread in the greater Dexter community and that our efforts today will help our medical care facilities better cope with any potential demand.

Additionally, a high percentage of our Library staff fall into high risk categories for contracting COVID-19. We want to ensure that our staff is healthy and available to service the community, once this crisis passes.

We are asking that our patrons keep all materials currently on loan at home for the time being. No fines will be assessed during this period. Think about setting aside a small table or a corner of a counter to keep all your Library materials together. The Library will make an announcement when we can begin receiving returns.

Our web page provides access to a wide variety of content which can be borrowed at any time, day or night and the Wi-Fi signal at the Library will be active 24/7. Most devices get a strong signal in our parking lot and (when the weather is nice) the benches along Alpine Street as well as the terrace area in Mill Creek Park North.

We continue to encourage patrons to place holds on items through our online catalog. The partner libraries on our shared catalog have shut down in different ways. For the time being, holds may be placed on items owned by the Dexter District Library. Please check our web site for instructions on how best to search and place holds during this time. When services resume, these requests will be in place and staff will be able to process them when we reopen.

We are very sorry for the inconvenience. We will continue to look for inventive ways to fill the absence of our regular programs and services. Please check our web site frequently for updates and follow up on Facebook or Twitter @DexterLibrary.


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