Director’s Note – Reopening

In accordance with Governor DeWine’s state guidelines, Ritter Public Library will reopen on May 18. Face coverings will be required by staff and patrons. In addition, social distancing will be necessary and hourly cleaning will be practiced by staff. Plexiglass dividers at the circulation desk will be installed and all materials will be separated from the collection for five days prior to being made available.

While no browsing will be permitted at first, staff will have convenient disposable bags with small collections based on age and genre for patrons to quickly check out. Patrons may also request materials by using our online catalog at, print a materials request or pick up a paper request form at the library after the reopening.

During the initial phase of reopening, hours will be limited to 10am – 5:30pm Monday – Saturday; 1pm – 5pm Sunday. Seniors and those with health concerns will be the only patrons admitted during the hours of 10am – 11am Monday – Saturday. Limited computers will be available in the lab at safe distances, and patrons may log on for one hour at a time. The drive through book drop will reopen on May 14 at 10am.

By slowly reopening in phases, Ritter Public Library hopes to provide many of the services our community loves while keeping everyone safe. We cannot wait to serve Vermilion in new and creative ways.

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