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Three-Phase Reopening Matrix

In all cases, local library reopening plans should prioritize the health and safety of both staff and the public by using the guidelines listed in the three-phase matrix below.

When creating library reopening plans, libraries may modify their budgets and operations to use their State Aid in the areas that will best support service to the community for the remainder of the calendar year.

Library reopening plans that do not meet Pennsylvania Public Library Code standards due to circumstances related to the COVID-19 public health crisis will not jeopardize their library’s eligibility for next year’s State Aid.

The Office of Commonwealth Libraries will review changes in library budget plans and operations due to COVID-19 by requiring each library to submit a revised 2020 Plan for the Use of State Aid later this year at a date-to-be-determined.

District Library Center staff and System administrators shall also be consulted to advise and assist libraries with local plan development.