Libraries begin their process of reopening – St. Louis Call Newspapers
Drive-through meals and other necessities are also offered
The St. Louis County Library is gradually reopening all 20 branches. All locations are currently open from March 23rd after a 45-minute appointment.
Appointments are available for surfing and computer use, and the number of users who are allowed in the library branches at the same time is limited. Properly worn masks covering the nose and mouth are required by those aged 5 and over to enter the library. “Additional security policies are being put in place to keep customers and employees safe,” the library said. Free masks are given out to those who don’t have one.
You can make appointments at www.slcl.org/library-visits or by calling 314-994-3300.
The Jefferson County Library is now open for limited hours and on the roadside, and can be viewed on their website at jeffcolib.org.
The St. Louis County Library branches did not open to the roadside until after an initial closure a year ago for the COVID-19 pandemic, reopening in June, and again closing in July after a string of COVID-19 cases.
The roadside service was very popular and the library said it will continue to be available after the branches reopen. The contactless service allows users to collect library items and printouts from any of the 20 SLCL locations. Visit www.slcl.org/curbside for more information. Roadside opening times are Monday through Thursday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
While the library buildings were closed, SLCL staff made over 332,000 roadside transactions available for customers to pick up library supplies, printouts and bundles from the roadside.
Users who wish to use the computer can sign up for 45-minute slots Monday through Saturday at 9:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 12:00 p.m. Appointments start every hour on the hour and end after 45 minutes, so that there is time for cleaning after each use, so that appointments cannot be extended. Each appointment includes access to a computer if required and includes up to two adults plus children.
Drive-through meals, emergency diapers and contemporary products are still available in selected branches. Visit www.slcl.org/drive-thru-distribution for details. Drive-thru meals are currently being distributed in South County at the Cliff Cave and Weber Road branches. So far, the library and Operation Food Search have distributed 1 million meals during the pandemic. Contemporary products are available from the Weber Road Library.
“We are very happy to welcome visitors to our library buildings. We’ve stayed connected in so many creative ways over the past year, but it will be amazing to see people in the stores, ”said Kristen Sorth, director and CEO of SLCL, in a press release.
Many libraries across the country were closed during the COVID-19 pandemic. The decision to reopen in March was made jointly by 12 library districts in the St. Louis area of the region.