Keeping you, our staff, and our library safe

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Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries is committed to helping keep you and our staff safe. We’re following the latest health guidance on cleaning, social distancing, and staffing practices to protect patrons and employees as we work to restore in-person library services to our communities.

Materials and locations

Following guidance from the latest studies1 on the viability of the novel coronavirus on library materials, all items are quarantined at least 72 hours before checking in, shelving, or fulfilling holds. During our closure, all our locations were deep cleaned and we installed barriers to protect patrons and staff when we’re able to return to our buildings.

Training and new protocols

As we prepare to provide in-person service to our communities, we are training staff in the proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and cleaning procedures. We are following expert guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention2, Department of Health, and Washington State’s Labor and Industries to ensure we are complying with safety protocols and maintaining a high standard to protect our staff, patrons, and the materials you check out.

Protect yourself

Though the materials you've received have been quarantined for at least three days, we encourage you to follow your own personal hygiene practices in handling library materials to protect yourself and others. We will continue to stay current with new studies and follow appropriate guidelines recommended by public health agencies on materials and cleaning protocols.


1“Test 1: Natural attenuation as a decontamination approach for SARS-CoV-2 on five library materials,” REALM Project (REopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums) study; “Disinfecting Books and Other Collection,” Northeast Document Conservation Center; “Aerosol and Surface Stability of SARS-CoV-2 as Compared with SARS-CoV-1,” The New England Journal of Medicine
2Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Facility,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.