The State Law Library's mask policy is based on current CDC guidance regarding the use of masks.
Current CDC Guidance (as of May 13, 2021) allows individuals who are fully vaccinated to no longer wear a mask in any setting. The CDC recommends that those who have yet to be vaccinated or who cannot be vaccinated continue wearing masks and socially distancing.
Pursuant to this recommendation, we request that all visitors to the library take appropriate precautions to protect their own health. When seated at a library computer, you may be in the proximity of another patron who is not wearing a mask. We cannot request that the other patron wear a mask for your protection and thus encourage you to wear sufficient PPE to reduce the risks involved. Masks will be provided for those who did not bring their own and cleaning supplies and hand sanitizer will be available upon request.
State Law Library staff are not required to wear masks while on library premises but are welcome to wear whatever PPE they deem necessary for their health and the health of their families. Staff will not be prevented or discouraged from wearing a mask during one-on-one assistance sessions with patrons.
If a medical condition prevents you from wearing a mask safely or from communicating effectively with staff who are wearing a mask, please submit a written request for an accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act to our Public Services Coordinator. Please see our procedures for requesting accommodations and our policy for assisting patrons with disabilities for more details. Note that staff will not be required to remove their PPE under any circumstances.