COVID-19 Updates

Updated 3/25/2020
Library Closure FAQ

  • The Dexter District Library building has now fully closed now through April 13th, 2020.  We will continue to monitor orders from the State.  A reopening date is still to be determined.
    • Our staff are all still working (mostly from home) and remain available to help you – click here to contact us.
    • While the Governor’s Executive Order 2020-20 allows for limited commerce, our attorneys have stated that curbside pickup at public libraries is not permissible.  We will continue to monitor developments and have processes in place to resume curbside service if it becomes permissible.
  • If you returned any Library items between Friday, 3/13/2020 and early Wednesday AM, 3/18/2020 – those items have been placed in a quarantine and will continue to show on your account until they’ve been checked back in.
    • These same items may be showing as overdue, lost or as fines on your account.  You will not be fined for any items returned during this period.  All of the fines will be erased when the items get checked in.
  • Our outdoor return boxes are now locked.  Please keep all materials at home for the time being.  No overdue fines will be assessed during this period.
  • All library cards that had recently expired or were going to expire soon have had expiration dates extended.
  • Don’t have a library card?  Click here to apply for one.
    • Online registration is only available to residents of the Dexter School District.  If you reside outside our service area, please check with your home library about getting a card.
  • The Wi-Fi signal at the Library is available 24/7.  Most devices get a strong signal in our parking lot and (when the weather is nice) for the benches along Alpine Street as well as the terrace area in Mill Creek Park North.

Message from the Director –  Wednesday, March 18, 2020 2:40 PM

Completely closing the Library was the most difficult decision I have had to make in 25 years at the Dexter District Library.  We tried a variety of options internally to keep our staff safe and ensure continuity of traditional Library service.  Unfortunately, general environmental conditions continue to change rapidly and our focus has shifted to one that puts the health and welfare of the whole community first.

While we took significant steps to quarantine and sanitize materials, the rapid and continuing spread of COVID-19 requires all of us to step back and reprioritize.  We hope that this effort will help slow any spread in the greater Dexter community and that our efforts today will help our medical care facilities better cope with any potential demand.

Additionally, a high percentage of our Library staff fall into high risk categories for contracting the virus.  We want to ensure that our staff is healthy and available to service the community, once this crisis passes.

We are asking that our patrons keep all materials currently on loan at home for the time being.  No fines will be assessed during this period.  Think about setting aside a small table or a corner of a counter to keep all your Library materials together.  The Library will make an announcement when we can begin receiving returns.

Our web page at https://dexter.lib.mi.us/digital-collections/ provides access to a wide variety of content which can be borrowed at any time, day or night and the wi-fi signal at the Library will be active 24/7.  Most devices get a strong signal in our parking lot and (when the weather is nice) for the benches along Alpine Street as well as the terrace area in Mill Creek Park North.

We continue to encourage patrons to place holds on items through our online catalog.  When services resume, these requests will be in place and staff will be able to process them when we reopen.

We are very sorry for the inconvenience.  We will continue to look for inventive ways to fill the absence of our regular programs and services.  Please check our web site frequently for updates and follow up on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/DexterDistrictLibrary/ or Twitter @DexterLibrary.

Paul McCann, Library Director


3/18/2020 9:00 AM – Due to the increasing level of threat from the COVID-19 outbreak, the Dexter District Library will be suspending all in-person services, beginning today, Wednesday, March 18.  Curbside pickup will be halted effective immediately.  Our return boxes will be locked.  Please keep all materials at home for the time being.  No overdue fines will be assessed during this period.  Telephones will not be answered today as staff will be taking time to plan our way forward.


Initial Statement – March 13, 2020

The Library is monitoring the recommendations from the Washtenaw County Health Department and will continue to follow their guidance and recommendations regarding the COVID-19 outbreak.  Preventative measures recommended by the Washtenaw County Health Department include:

  • Clean your hands often
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care. Call ahead before going to your healthcare provider. Learn what to do if you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Immediately wash your hands. Cough into your elbow.
  • Clean and disinfect
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, sinks and cell phones/handheld devices.
    • If surfaces are dirty, clean them. Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
    • A list of disinfectants for use against SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes the COVID-19 disease) is available from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This list includes many commonly used products.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
    • If you are sick:  You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.
    • If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.

Additional mitigation strategies, issued by the Michigan Governor’s Office can be found here:

https://www.washtenaw.org/3095/COVID-19 Wash. Co. Health Dept site)
https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus/ MDHHS state site
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html (CDC Covid site)
https://www.michigan.gov/documents/coronavirus/MDHHS_Interim_Recommendations_for_COVID-19_final_683589_7.pdf