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Springfield and Greene County libraries are set to reopen next week with limits on occupancy, hours and time on public computers after weeks of closures due to the coronavirus.
In a news release, the Springfield-Greene County Library system announced branches would open at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.
Library hours will be 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday until Aug. 31. Drive-through window services will also run from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The Park Central and Fair Grove branches will offer walk-up service for holds pick up and returns for the time being. Book return bins will remain open, however.
Library staff will sit behind Plexiglas barriers at service desks. They have also rearranged furniture and been trained on safety guidelines, according to a news release.
Patrons will be required to adhere to social distancing and staff will follow this guidance:
- Each branch will count incoming visitors and enforce occupancy and a 2-hour visit rule
- Masks are not required but recommended
- 30-minute limit on public computer usage
- Only one person, or multiple family members, may use study tables.
- All study rooms, conference and meeting rooms are closed for the time being, and no public meetings may be scheduled.
- All in-person programs are canceled through Aug. 31, replaced by virtual programs.
- All returned items must be placed in outdoor book drops to be quarantined for 24 hours and cleaned. No returns will be accepted at the drive-up windows or checkout desks.
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