06 Oct A word on deliveries between libraries
Wood Library is a member of the Pioneer Library System (PLS) which is made up of 42 libraries in Ontario, Wayne, Wyoming, and Livingston counties. Library patrons may borrow books and other materials from all of these libraries at https://owwl.org/
PLS continues to closely monitor the ongoing public health concerns in the Finger Lakes region to guide decisions on system services to the 42 OWWL libraries including delivery. With students returning to school, and some COVID-fatigue, we have seen an uptick in cases in our communities. Even though our region has had relatively low rates throughout, hot spots can quickly develop. Our approach has been designed to keep quarantine practices in place for the safety of our drivers, system staff, member library staff, and the library communities and we intend to continue on that path.
On August 26 PLS resumed moving materials between the OWWL libraries, and on September 14 OWWL cardholders were able to once again place Holds on items owned by other libraries. All libraries are now receiving delivery once a week. On Monday, October 5 an additional delivery run was added for the libraries who have heavier delivery loads as determined by circulation statistics. Our goal is to gradually increase delivery runs to libraries and work towards reimplementing full delivery.
All decisions regarding delivery will continue to be made with guidance from local and state government agencies. We will continue to adhere to all Executive Orders issued by New York State as well as the mandates in NY Forward. In accordance with recommended safety guidelines from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), all outbound library materials continue to go through a quarantine period, meaning items may take longer to be transported. Staffing and budget constraints at the system will also influence the rate of delivery.
The health of our system staff, member library staff, and library communities remains a top priority. We thank you for your patience as we navigate the continued challenges and opportunities presented to us.