Library Reopening Update

The Library will reopen for limited services beginning Monday, June 15th. Patrons are encouraged to wear masks, practice safe social distancing, keep their visits to the library brief, and avoid gathering in large groups. Patrons may come to the library to browse the shelves, check out library materials, send faxes, and make copies. The computer lab, study rooms, library seating areas, and the children’s toys and puzzles will be unavailable. If you or your family is unwell, we ask that you stay home; we are happy to help you on the phone with renewals, holds, and accessing our digital services.

Our digital services will remain available to all patrons with ebooks and eaudiobooks on Libby, Sunflower eLibrary, and RB Digital. Staff are happy to help patrons navigate these services by phone or in person.

Holds pickup will remain in the lobby and our book drop remains open for returns. We will continue to quarantine returned library materials for three days before checking them back in and returning them to the shelves.

Passport services will resume on Monday, June 22nd, by appointment only. Appointments may be made by calling the Library at 558-3500 and must be made 24 hours in advance.

Story times will continue on Facebook Live and Summer Reading prize pickups will move from the gallery to inside the library.

During our closure, we have worked hard to implement procedures that will keep our staff and community safe. We installed protective barriers at the circulation and passport desks for safety. Self-checkout will continue to be available and a rigorous cleaning schedule is in place for all areas of the library. Staff will wear masks when not behind protective barriers.

We will continue to be open our regular library hours: 9:00 am -8:00 pm Monday-Thursday, 9:00 am -5:00 pm Friday, and 9:00 am -3:00 pm Saturday.

Please let us know if you have any questions about our reopening.

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RBdigital for eAudiobooks

We are proud to introduce RBdigital as an addition to our eAudiobook services. Our RBdigital catalog includes over 37,000 books with zero holds! That means many of your favorite titles and bestsellers are always available to you – no waiting required!

Download the RBdigital app via the links below or access the catalog with your preferred web browser to listen online.

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A new version of the RBdigital app was released to the Apple app store on June 16. This new version will no longer support iOS versions 9 and 10. If you currently have the RBdigital app downloaded and use one of these operating systems, RBdigital will continue to operate. However, to upgrade your app with this new release and to use future versions of it, you will need to use iOS 11 or later.

On the web

 

 Account Setup and Login information

Click here to learn how to set up an account and log into the app or desktop catalog.

 

Click here to watch a short video on registering for an account on the mobile app.

 

Click here to watch a short video on registering for an account on the desktop version of RBdigital.

 

Click here to learn about making and switching between multiple profiles, recovering a forgotten password, and how to get help.
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Library Update

Our book return is now open. Please keep any large items (games, dolls, cake pans, etc) that will not fit into the book drop until May 18th. Late fees do not apply at this time.

Beginning Monday, May 18th, you may pick up holds in the library’s lobby. Please wait until you receive an email or text from our system before coming to the library. Holds may take several hours to be ready for pick up.

Masks are recommended, but not required. Please keep a 6-foot social distance between yourself and others at all times.

Please call us at 316-558-3500 with any questions.

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On re-opening

To the Andover Community,

Kansas and much of our country is preparing to “re-open.” Many of you are looking forward to the Andover Public Library following suit. I assure you that Library staff and our board of directors want to re-open as well. Indeed there is a lot of pressure to do this.

Information Literacy is one of the foundations of libraries. Simply put, as information professionals we gather information and then evaluate the sources of that information so as to make informed decisions. Normally that would be us helping you find information and identifying where it comes from. When we purchase materials for the Library, we look at professional publications to help identify books, CDs, DVDs and other items. As your Library Director, I must look at the professional medical opinions about the COVID-19 virus in our community. Medical experts warn that now is too soon to re-open. This is not necessarily what you are hearing from our politicians and social media influencers.

The Institute of Library and Museum Services, a federal agency, is testing how COVID-19 might exist and transfer itself on library materials. It would be irresponsible to resume material lending until more is known. The safety of Library users and Library staff is too important. I cannot, therefore, agree to sanction a return to full Library operations. Opening the Library must be done in phases to mitigate the harmful effects of this pandemic. I will let you know what this will entail as we become more informed.

Tom Taylor, M.L.I.S.
Director
Andover Public Library

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