JMRL's COVID-19 Response

JMRL is committed to serving Charlottesville, Albemarle, Greene, Louisa, and Nelson and to helping individuals to navigate their information seeking needs even in the most difficult of times. Finding the balance between JMRL's mission to serve, community safety, and personal safety is a delicate task. While possible, JMRL strives to keep its doors open to all, including those who may have no other place to go.

JMRL has a five-tiered approach that has been engaged in response to COVID-19. JMRL is currently in Tier 5. All libraries are closed until at least April 24.

TIER 1- Mostly standard services and operations.

  • No programs or meetings where attendance over 100 people is expected.
  • No puzzles, toys, stuffed animals, or other tactile items out in the library for the public to use.
  • No food at library programs or events, unless it is individually pre-packaged.
  • Elevated cleaning measures and recommended prevention practices.

Tier 2: Altered services and operations.

  • Cancelation of all programming of 25 or more attendees.
  • Cancelation of all meetings of 25 or more attendees (for future reservations AND currently scheduled meetings)
  • Fine leniency for overdue materials.

Tier 3: Significantly altered services and operations.

JMRL will move directly to Tier 3 if any case of COVID-19 is identified in a branch library.
  • All JMRL programs canceled.
  • All public meetings canceled.
  • Limited JMRL delivery of library materials between branches.

Tier 4: Limited services and operations.

  • Curtailed hours and staffing. The goal in Tier 4 will be to have at least one branch available at least part of the day in each jurisdiction.

Tier 5: No services and operations

  • Library closure.