Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, Sacramento libraries have offered curbside pickup and return services for books, but have had their doors closed to the public. But come early November, Belle Cooledge, Colonial Heights, Elk Grove, Isleton, Martin Luther King Jr., Nonie Wetzel Courtland, North Highlands-Antelope, Rancho Cordova, Rio Linda, Robbie Waters Pocket-Greenhaven, Southgate, South Natomas, Sylvan Oaks and Walnut Grove library locations will reopen to the public with limited capacity.
A number of safety measures have been put in place, including mandatory face coverings, reduced occupancy and seating, hand sanitizer stations, and frequent cleaning of highly touched services.
Patrons can visit these libraries for browsing and computer use for up to one hour. These locations will be open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with Isleton, Nonie Wetzel Courtland, and Walnut Grove libraries operating Tuesdays through Saturdays from 1 to 6 p.m.
“While we have been able to serve the community with curbside service and virtual programming, we know that it has been a struggle for many without access to our services,” Library Director and CEO Rivkah Sass said in a statement. “We are so excited to open our doors and welcome you back. Your next visit may look a little different, but know that restoring access and keeping you safe is our top priority.”
Sac Library is also planning to reopen Arcade, Arden-Dimick and Carmichael libraries on Nov. 12. For now, all 26 locations continue to offer curbside pickup and returns.
For those looking to use the library's computers, appointments can be made at all of the newly open libraries and three additional libraries--Arcade Library, Galt - Marian O. Lawrence, and McKinley--by calling (916) 264-2920.
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