Week 64: Library Opening Update

There are some library opening items that have evolved since the last Town Hall meeting, and I want to use this weekly message to update you on our timeline given the HMS and Commonwealth announcements last week.

First, here are the things that have not changed:

  • Mask wearing in Countway is still required
  • The seat reservation system for study spaces still exists
  • Library hours (will not change until August 2)
  • Social distancing still required
  • No eating and drinking in the library (just your own food at the Café tables or outside)
  • Regular walkthroughs of study spaces and monitoring violations
  • No reservations from 1-2pm for cleaning
  • Café and COOP still remain closed
  • Weekly testing cadence is still required

Items that have changed this week:

  • Library open to all HUID holders for study only
  • BML board members with IDs are allowed in the library by appointment
  • Crimson Clear attestation is no longer needed to enter the building
  • All staff are required to be vaccinated and need to send proof to HUHS
  • Summer COVID testing collection hours (see signage and Staff on Track newsletter for details)

Upcoming changes:

  • The timeline below has been submitted for approval to HMS SORT. The items on the timeline have been approved, the opening dates are moved up from August and need approval for an earlier start date

Timeline for June 2021 to January 2022: Open Stacks on June 14, End seat reservation system on June 14, Self-service book check out on June 14, Locker system on June 14, Makerspace August/September 2, In person consultation services (1:1) on August 2, In person classes and events this Fall, Pet therapy this Summer (outdoors), Countway Cupboard TBD, CHOM Reading Room August 2, and Warren Museum January 2022. Countway staff is the responsibile party for all listed activities and their effect on SORT is none.

  • The Shattuck St entrance will open on June 14

We are in a constantly evolving environment. Please stay tuned for more updates at our next Countway Town Hall meetings scheduled as follows:

  • Thursday, June 10th 2:00 to 3:00 pm
  • Thursday, June 24th 2:00 to 3:00 pm

As always, if you have any questions or concerns about opening procedures, contact me or the opening team, and feel free to fill out the Countway Anonymous Reporting Form.