Librarians are now worried about the returning books! How do we keep libraries safe? How to come up with library SOP for these returned books? These are pressing questions to many professionals. While many libraries are closed as of June 2020 due to the coronavirus lockdown, there are also large numbers who already start accepting returned books. Returning books is a regular practice for numerous academic libraries specifically, towards the end of a semester.
“Keeping libraries safe is important for both workers and guests. But during the current COVID-19 pandemic, questions about how to do that—particularly when it comes to materials and surfaces—have complicated answers.” – Lara Ewen
The finding below is based on the current practices from libraries and research available from scientific communities regarding nCOVID-19. These guidelines are focused on library set-up, which house readers and physical items for checking out to readers.
Transmission of coronavirus occurs through tiny droplets via respiratory organ. These tiny droplets then spread to objects and surfaces like doorknobs, shelves, reading furniture, table and chairs, magazine rack, gate entry-exit point, self-check-in and check-out kiosk, etc. According to the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD), (2020) current evidence suggests that SARS-CoV-2 may remain viable from hours to days on surfaces made from a variety of materials.