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Hastings Public Library

Library COVID Plans

Look here for information on our Phased Re-Opening Plan plus our Preparedness and Response Plan.

Current Library COVID Status

February 1, 2021

With COVID cases falling and restaurants open again for in-person dining, the Library has reopened to the public effective Monday February 1, 2021.

Masks and social distancing are still required.

Services resume as they were in Fall 2020. Patrons can:

  • Come inside to browse and pick up held materials
  • Send faxes and make copies
  • Use computers for one hour daily
  • Shop the Friends Store

In-person meetings and events are still on hold.

Building capacity is limited to 30%.

VITA will be assisting qualified people with tax return preparation. Call 211 or go to their website at to set up an appointment.

Any questions can be directed to Peggy Hemerling, Library Director, via email or by calling 269-945-4263.

COVID Related Policies

See our main Policy Page for PPE and Social Distancing Policies related to COVID.

Phased Re-Opening Plan

The Hastings Public Library has developed a phased re-opening plan as COVID-19 restrictions are eased. Below is an overview.

Please note:

  • The plan is subject to change based on situational changes, Executive/MDHHS/MIOSHA Orders and Library Board direction.
  • No specific dates are associated with the phases.
  • The Library may modify details of the phases and/or move through them faster or slower based on the situation.
Phased ReOpening Plan
* Image edited from original courtesy of Erin Schmandt at Caro Area District Library

The Library has returned to Phase 2 as of 2/1/2021.

Phase 1

  • The Library is open for drive-thru pickup of held items.
  • No public access except for computer use reservations. Call us for more information at 269-945-4263.
  • Staff is onsite to answer the phone.
  • See the Drive-thru News Article for more information on drive-thru hours and the hold process.

Phase 2

  • Drive-thru remains open for hold pickups.
  • The Library opens to the public with reduced hours.
  • Building capacity will be limited based on Executive Orders at the time of re-opening.
  • Social distancing and mask/face covering guidelines in effect.
  • Most furniture temporarily removed.
  • No Library programs or public meetings will be held.
  • Computers reduced and spread apart.
  • Computers will be limited to 60 minutes of use daily. (on August 14th this was raised from 30 minutes)
  • The Friends Store reopened to the public on Tuesday August 25th. NO DONATIONS ARE CURRENTLY BEING ACCEPTED.

Phase 3

  • Some Library programs and public meetings resume.
  • All other Phase 2 guidelines remain.

Phase 4

  • Return to normal operating hours and programming.
  • Computers return to 2 hours max usage daily.


COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan

Per Executive Order guidelines, the Library has developed a plan for dealing with COVID-19 within the building. The plan covers preventative measures, changes in procedures, use of PPE and more.

View the HPL COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan

Any questions on the Library's status, process changes, our Preparedness Plan or other COVID-19 related questions can be emailed to Peggy Hemerling, Library Director or call her at 269-945-4263.

Returned Items and Overdue Fines

As part of the Lakeland Library Cooperative's policy during COVID, The Hastings Public Library is currently waiving overdue fines on returned items through August 31, 2021.

All returned items are also quarantined for a minimum of 4 days when returned and may appear on patron accounts as overdue because of this extra time.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding as we work to keep everyone safe.

Filed under:

ReOpening Status: Phase 2

- Open to the public, Come Inside!
- Computer use for 1 hour daily
- No overdue fines through 8/31/2021

See the
Phased ReOpening Plan
COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan

Location & Hours

Main Branch
Hastings Public Library
227 E. State St., Hastings, MI 49058

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Phone: 269-945-4263
Fax: 269-948-3874

The Library is OPEN! Drive-thru is also still available.

Library & Drive-thru Hours (effective February 1, 2021):

- Monday, Tuesday, Friday: 10am - 6pm
- Wednesday, Thursday: 10am - 7pm
- Saturday: 10am - 2pm

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