Best Practices and Recommendations for Ohio’s Public Libraries under COVID-19

UPDATE: Ohio’s pandemic health orders expired June 2, 2021.

In 2020, the Ohio Library Council put together recommendations and best practices for public libraries in order to ensure a safe environment for staff and customers during COVID-19.

This information served as a guide for libraries and is only listed here for historical reference.

As of June 2, 2021, most of Ohio’s pandemic health orders – mask mandate, capacity limits and social distancing rules expired. Unvaccinated Ohioans must continue to wear masks. An individual is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose of Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines or two weeks after the single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Updated mask signage is available at

Best Practices and Recommendations for Ohio’s Public Libraries
[valid May 3, 2020 – June 2, 2021]:

Face Mask/Facial Covering:

  • OLC Updated Mask/No Mask Signage (PDF)
  • Updated ODH mask signage (PDF)
  • CDC Guidance
    Fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.
    (May 16, 2021)

Previous Tools and Templates:

NOTE: Ohio’s health orders were lifted on June 2, 2021

  • Please Wait Here Floor Sign —  PDF  | Word Doc
  • Observe Distancing —  PDF | Word Doc
  • 6 Feet Apart Sign  —  PDF | Word Doc
  • Library Capacity —  PDF | Word Doc
  • Stop Do Not Enter Sign (PDF)
  • Curbside Pick Up sign (PDF) | Word Doc
    Practice physical distancing during pick up and delivery by talking with the customer through a passenger window, loading items directly into the customer’s trunk without contact, or making labeled items available at the door or inside pick-up lockers.
  • Self-Checkout sign (PDF) | Word Doc
    If your library has self-checkout, have customers check out their own materials.

Healthy habits:
We all know we should wash our hands often and for at least 20 seconds, but when we get busy – a quick reminder is helpful. Be sure to post hygiene recommendations from the CDC and Ohio Department of Health around the library, especially in breakrooms and restrooms.

Safe Handling of Materials

UPDATE 6/2/21: Many of Ohio’s public libraries have reduced or eliminated quarantine time.