SLL will reopen its doors to the public on Tuesday, June 1st
May 17, 2021
We are happy to announce that the State Law Library will reopen its physical location to the public beginning on June 1st, 2021! After months of closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic and damage from the February storm, we're excited to assist your legal research needs in person again. Please read through our library's reopening policies for information on how we can best assist you during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The SLL's mask policy is based on current CDC guidelines regarding the use of face masks. We request that all visitors to the library take appropriate precautions to protect their own health. If you would like a mask, we can provide one for you.
If you have a medical condition that prevents you from wearing a mask safely or communicating with staff who are wearing one, please submit a written accommodation request under the Americans with Disabilities Act to our Public Services Coordinator. You can review the library's Requesting an ADA Accommodation policy for more information about this process.
As we welcome you back into the library during the COVID-19 pandemic, we request that you be courteous and respectful of staff. We ask that you keep the following in mind:
- Please observe social distancing around library staff and other patrons and step back when requested.
- Please respect other people's right to wear personal protective equipment (PPE), including masks. Staff will not be expected to remove their PPE under any circumstances.
- The copy room is limited to ten-minute sessions for one patron at a time if someone else is waiting. Please use our Document Delivery service for a large volume of copies.
- Please keep your voice at an appropriate volume. Behavior that is disruptive, harassing, or threatening to library staff or other patrons will not be tolerated.
- Patrons must comply with requests from staff to change behavior that violates any of the above rules of conduct.
Visitors who violate these rules may be asked to leave the library, and repeated violations of the rules may result in loss of library privileges.
The CDC's current COVID-19 guidelines recommend cleaning high-touch surfaces at least once a day. Check out our policy on cleaning high-touch surfaces in the library for more information about how the library is complying with these guidelines.
We've adjusted our current Computer Use policy to help keep our patrons and staff safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. We've added the following changes:
- We have reduced the number of computer terminals to help with social distancing. There are two research terminals and a library catalog terminal available.
- Only one person at a time is allowed at each computer terminal.
- Computers will be sanitized twice a day, and we can provide cleaning products to patrons who wish to sanitize their station themselves.
- Keyboard covers will be present at the computers. Library patrons are required to keep these in place while using the computer.
- Patrons are expected to comply with all library policies, including the library's Code of Conduct and Computer Use policy.
We're committed to complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act and ensuring that our patrons with disabilities can access the library with reasonable accommodation. The Patron ADA policy outlines our procedures and policies in detail.
If you need an accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act to use the State Law Library effectively, please see our policy on how to request accommodations under the ADA.
This policy informs patrons of the possible risks of visiting the library during the COVID-19 pandemic.
We're happy to field any questions you may have about our new procedures and policies, and we look forward to seeing you in the library in June!