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The Päijät-Häme Welfare Group has informed the public on Monday, 1 March 2021 that the coronavirus situation in the whole Päijät-Häme region has rapidly become more difficult. The Corona Cooperation Group emphasizes that the situation will get better when we all reduce the number of close social contacts and follow hygiene and face mask guidelines.

The public libraries in Lahti may continue operating under the current restrictions. By paying special attention to customers keeping a safe distance from each other and wearing face masks, the libraries will see to it that library visits are as safe as possible. At the moment, it is estimated that the recommendations and restrictions concerning libraries will last until 28 March, 2021.

The Main Library Cafeteria, MeaManna, will be closed for three weeks beginning on 8 March. MeaManna will provide more information on its Facebook page.

The libraries are open and so you can visit any public library in Lahti. Some of the spaces in the libraries have been closed. Staying in the periodicals reading rooms for more than 15 minutes is not allowed. The rooms for recreational activities and the group study rooms in the Main Library have been closed.

There are no self-service hours at the Ahtiala, Jalkaranta, Liipola, Kärpänen and Mukkula branch libraries. That means you cannot enter these libraries with your library card and PIN code before or after the service hours. The branch libraries are open as shown on our website.

For the time being, mobile libraries operate as usual but they can be used by three customers or one family at a time.

You can only visit the libraries during their service hours. Check the opening hours on our website.
• Make your visit short. Do not stay more than 15 minutes.
• You may borrow and return items and go to shelves to select material.
• You may use the public computers. The recommended time limit is 15 minutes.
• You may print, copy and scan necessary documents on the library’s multifunctional device.
• You may borrow magazines but newspapers are not available.
• You may not stay in the library to read newspapers, magazines or books, to study, work or spend your time.
• You are strongly recommended to wear a mask during your stay in the library. Wear a mask unless you have medical reasons not to do so.
• Always use hand sanitizer when you enter the library. Hand sanitizer is available in several places near the entrance doors.
• Avoid physical contact with others and always keep a safe distance (2 meters) from other customers and the staff.
• Use the self-service check-out and return stations.
• Group visits to the library have been cancelled. We try to provide services for schools and day-care centers digitally.

Wear a mask when visiting us.

We recommend using a face mask in all Lahti libraries from 16 November. The recommendation is due to a change in the corona pandemic situation.

Libraries also continue to follow other safety instructions

The Päijät-Häme Welfare Group also recommends that we all reduce close contacts outside the family, pay attention to safety distances and take care of good hand and cough hygiene.

These safety guidelines are still valid in libraries:

  • Only come to the library if you are healthy. Do not come to the library if you have even the slightest symptoms of the disease.
  • Keep a safety distance of at least one meter from other customers and staff.
  • If you cough of sneeze, sneeze into your sleeve or a paper handkerchief. Throw the used handkerchief in the trash.
  • Use antiseptic hand rub when entering the library and when using the library's computers or other devices.
  • Keep your visit to the library as short as possible.

Wear a mask when visiting us.