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Preparing to Reopen Your Library

Preparing to Reopen Your Library

Resources for cleaning and disinfecting your library and materials after COVID-19, plus PR tips

 

CLC is working with vendors and researching ways to help our member libraries serve their users during these unprecedented days of quarantine and social distancing. On this page, you'll find guidance for cleaning and disinfecting your library and materials. Eventually we'll be adding PR tips so that when the time comes, your users will feel comfortable returning to your library.

 

This page will be updated regularly. Send suggestions for additional resources to clc@ctlibrarians.org.

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Reopening Plans & Resources

 

Cleaning & Disinfecting Procedures

 

Cleaning & Disinfecting Services
  • BELFOR Property Restoration
    BELFOR is a state-contracted supplier for Emergency Response and Recovery Services for Records and Collections (DAS Award Number 11PSX0299). They offer disinfection services that adhere to CDC guidelines. Specific needs can be discussed on a case-by-case basis. Call the BELFOR Connecticut office at 203-949-8660 for all inquiries.

 

Procurement - Resources you'll need, and how to get them


RESOURCES - GENERAL

  • Consider the procurement contracts available from CREC and its partners. Visit the CREC MarketPlace to explore (you will need to create a username and password). CT schools, local governments and non-profits have full access to the MarketPlace.
  • CREC's contract with Cintas includes cleaning supplies, dispensers, PPE, first aid supplies, and more. Here are a few of their products. Contact: Chris Murphy, Major Account Manager, Education: 631-848-2742, MurphyC@cintas.com


SPECIFIC ITEMS:
These are the items suggested by the Connecticut State Library DLD that libraries will need to procure for reopening. This is a preliminary list. As CLC develops sources for procurement of these items, we will post them here.

  • Plexiglass shields - materials and installation
    Possible sources (culled from listservs - we do not have contracts with these suppliers): MK Solutions, ShopPopDisplays, SteelCase, Displays2Go, Plymouth Glass & Mirror
  • PPE - masks, gloves, other PPE deemed necessary by directives
    CINTAS - on the CREC contract (see above)
  • Cleaning supplies exceeding normal purchases - for equipment, furniture, surfaces
    CINTAS - on the CREC contract (see above)
  • Hand sanitizer dispensers
    CINTAS - on the CREC contract (see above)
  • Materials necessary for marking social distancing - tape, crowd barrier controls (ropes, posts)
    DEMCO - CLC supplies contract
  • Signage materials
    DEMCO - CLC supplies contract
    USI - CLC partner
    Don't forget CLC's acrylic sign holders
  • Thermometers
    CINTAS - on the CREC contract (see above)
  • Door handle re-configuration for contactless entry

 

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