Little Turtle branch library

A sign outside Little Turtle branch library, 2201 Sherman Blvd., Fort Wayne, explains to patrons where to go to pick up their books. Beginning July 6, Allen County Public Library and its branches will reopen to the public with changes because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

All branches of the Allen County Public Library will reopen to the public July 6, according to a June 29 news release. However, the library will implement several changes to ensure continued safety of guests and staff from COVID-19.

Masks will be required for all library staff and visitors over the age of 2. Masks will be available to library visitors who do not bring their own. Touch-free technology has been installed at all self-checkout stations.

Library-sponsored programs will not resume until at least Oct. 1. In the meantime, online and virtual programs will still be offered.

Meeting and study rooms at the main library, 900 Library Plaza, will be available by reservation. However, meeting rooms at branch locations will not be available until at least Oct. 1. The availability of study rooms will vary by location.

Although the library has been closed to the public since Gov. Eric Holcomb issued his stay-at-home orders in March, the library has been offering curbside delivery for all materials placed on hold. Curbside delivery will continue as long as physical distancing requirements remain in place.

“We have put a lot of thought and planning into how we can resume important library resources and services while still protecting the health of library visitors and staff,” said Stephanny Smith, director of community engagement. “We have heard how much our community misses coming to the library, and we have missed seeing familiar faces in our buildings. Library staff are ready to welcome people back to the library.”

The library does not plan to impose limits on the number of people allowed in the library at any given time. However, if the number of visitors does not allow for physical distancing, library staff may temporarily prohibit additional visitors from entering the branch or specific department at the main library.

More information can be found at acpl.info.

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