I wanted to provide an update as to the status of operations at Royal Oak Public Library. In accordance with Executive Order 2020-69 which prohibited Michigan libraries from reopening to the public, as well as the extension of the Stay at Home order, ROPL will remain closed through May 28th. Depending on further orders from the government the closure may be extended past this date, and I will inform you of any further changes as they’re announced.

While the building remains closed, all in-person events are cancelled. We ask that patrons do not return materials they have checked out, and all due dates will be extended past the reopening date to ensure no fines are accrued.

In preparation for reopening, the staff and library board are working to create plans and policies to ensure that the safety of the employees and the public is the utmost priority. Future plans will include a phased reopening with various stages, along with benchmarks that must be met to progress to the next stage. Once we do return we expect to begin with a new “contactless” pickup service of library materials as the first phase of public service. While there is not yet an official date when this will begin, I will send out updates when a timeline becomes available.

As things progress, you can also expect the Summer Reading Program will look very different from past years, as we will undoubtedly have to limit public gatherings for a period of time. With this in mind, the staff is focused on reinventing the Summer Reading model into a fun and immersive experience for our patrons, filled with exciting virtual events for all ages. Stay tuned to the website and social media pages in the coming weeks for Summer Reading announcements and a schedule of events.

During the closure you are invited to take advantage of our large array of available virtual services by visiting All residents of Royal Oak, as well as students in Royal Oak schools and employees of Royal Oak businesses, are eligible to receive a temporary library card to access digital services. To get started, sign up HERE. Cardholders have access to ROPL’s collection of hundreds of thousands of downloadable e-books, audiobooks, magazines, movies, and songs in the digital library. You may also read the New York Times, Daily Tribune, Royal Oak Review, and other publications via the digital newspaper collection. For timely resources, information, distance learning assistance, and more, visit the Your Library at Home collection.

I thank you for your continued patience and understanding in this fluid situation, and please know that ROPL is committed to providing the highest levels of service and resources possible to our patrons, no matter the distance.


Emily Dumas
Library Director
Royal Oak Public Library

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