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Jenkins' Reopening Plan [Updated Sep 8]

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Update September 8: We are now open by appointment. See the blog post for details.

As of July 3, Philadelphia is in a modified, restricted green phase, so we have begun implementing our reopening plan.

We are preparing the library space for reopening. We have installed plexiglass around the Circulation Desk to ensure the safety of our visitors and staff. We have also reduced seating to facilitate social distancing as much as possible.

Our reference librarians continue to work remotely. They will continue to assist you with your research needs in the same manner as they have done during the past few months. Their remote coverage hours are 8:30 am to 6:00 pm.

A staff member is available on-site to fulfill requests that require the use of our print resources or any other resources that can only be found in our onsite collection. (Delivery option details below.) In addition, members of our technical services team returned to the library in early June to begin processing and updating the numerous resources we received during the time we were closed.

The fulfillment of Jenkins’ mission of service to our members and the public is our top priority. As you can imagine, the preparation needed to reopen the library to visitors is much more daunting. There are many factors we need to take into consideration to keep everyone safe. We are also developing a procedure to allow both members and self-represented litigants fair access to our facility. Thus, we do not plan on reopening to visitors until early September. With that being said, we are able to loan our materials using our delivery service or a walk-by option where we meet you or someone from your firm outside our building with the item(s). This will avoid the need to comply with our building’s entrance requirements during this time. We will have the same options available for you to return materials to the library.

No overdue fines will be accrued for books that were borrowed before the library shutdown through the time when we are prepared to receive these books back. When this policy is updated, we will announce the details, including new due dates.

We will continue to hold CLE webinars through the end of the year. Visit our CLE calendar to register for an upcoming class. (They're free!)

We're looking forward to seeing you soon!

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