Inclement Weather Policy
First Reading December 2015
Second Reading and Approved January 2016
In order to fulfill its mission of public service the Ohio County Public Library will make every responsible effort to open to the public as scheduled, consistent with safe access for the public and staff.
Inclement weather can cause transportation problems and locally hazardous conditions with possible power outages. The library will close, delay opening or close ahead of schedule when the weather becomes hazardous to the health and/or safety of the public and/or library staff. Emergency/inclement weather closings will be authorized by the Director.
The decision to close, postpone opening or close early due to inclement weather will be made by the Director. Local weather service advisories concerning travel during storm conditions will always be followed.
If the Ohio County local public school system chooses to close for the day, the Ohio County Public Library will also be closed. If there is a delay in opening for the local public school system, the library will also observe a 2 hour delay, opening at 10am. If severe weather and/or emergency conditions arise during the day and the library is to close early, library patrons already in the building will be notified immediately.
The public will be notified of the Inclement Weather Policy and be educated to look for the schools closing to be aware of the library's closings as well. This new policy will be posted at the front desk, newspaper, WSCH community page, facebook and our new website. Patrons will be made aware that fines will not accrue for materials due that day.