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Cary Library Materials Quarantine Procedures

4 Day Materials Quarantine 

All incoming materials are held in quarantine under cover or in closed containers for no less than four (4) full twenty-four (24) hour periods.

Incoming materials including all returns and network delivery items will be:

  • Placed in a designated “parking area” for quarantined materials
  • Covered with tarps/placed in closed bins
  • Dated in a visible location with the date the items were received by the library

Materials are held in quarantine prior to check in, sorting, shelving, holds requests, or any other significant or sustained contact.

All individual items are handled while wearing a mask prior to the end of their 4 day quarantine. Gloves are available for staff who would like them.

Items remain in the isolation “parking lot” until such time as these quarantine times are reached. No items may be accessed until this 4 day quarantine is complete.

Once materials have fully cleared the 4 day quarantine they may be checked in, routed to other libraries, used to fill holds, or shelved accordingly. 

NOTE: At time of check-in, all materials should be backdated to the date of return.


These procedures were developed based on the findings of the REALM Project (REopening Archives, Libraries and Museums) - a partnership between the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC), and Battelle. Findings from Battelle’s second round of testing are available