Atherton Library and San Mateo County Libraries are thrilled to expand hours and welcome community members back with limited in-library services beginning Thursday, April 22.
The decision to allow modified in-library service, follows months of planning and San Mateo County’s move to the “Orange Tier” of California’s coronavirus tier system. Limited in-library, or Express Service is the next step in a carefully, phased approach to reinstituting library offerings and access, and follows a variety of guidelines outlined by safety experts and mandated by local and state regulations.
Starting the week of April 19, the Atherton Library will expand hours and begin in-library, Express Service while also continuing to offer popular curbside services. Express Service will be available 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and include in-library browsing, Wi-Fi access, and computer and printer access.
Express Service has been planned with thoughtful care and safety precautions. While utilizing in-library services, patrons will be required to wear masks and abide by physical distancing guidelines. Building capacity and seating will be limited and the Library will close midday for high-touch surface cleaning. So that everyone can enjoy the Library, community members are encouraged to limit visits to 60 minutes.
For community members who prefer a contact-free experience, curbside services, which include holds pickup, printing, and no-appointment walk-up service, will continue to be available on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Additionally, the Library’s beloved programs and events will continue in a virtual setting.
“Although we are exceptionally proud of our new curbside and virtual services, welcoming patrons back to in-library services will be a happy moment for all of us,” said Anne-Marie Despain, Library Director. Visit smcl.org
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