CARDINGTON — Since the pandemic began, Cardington-Lincoln Public Library has been working especially hard at two things: keeping staff and patrons safe and continuing to provide full access to our resources and services.
This isn’t always easy. One of the challenges has been the quarantine requirements for books and DVDs; every time an item is returned, it is placed in a quarantined area for at least three full days before being made available to patrons again.
A recent delivery, however, made it possible to be both safe and efficient.
The box that was delivered contained something called a Library Book Sanitizer Machine. This machine uses UV-C light and high air pressure to sanitize up to 6 books and DVD cases at a time, and in only 30 seconds. Tests confirm that the sanitizer kills 99 percent of pathogenic bacteria, flu viruses, and most importantly, Coronaviruses including COVID-19.
In other words, this new machine will save staff time and reduce patron wait times while supporting us all in the ongoing fight against a deadly virus. This purchase was possible through funds from the CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund for Public Libraries. It’s one of several new purchases enabled by the fund which makes it possible for the public to keep safely using the library.
Cardington-Lincoln Public Library is open to the public during regularly scheduled hours; you may also use the window service option near the front entrance.