The L.A. Public Library launches the second phase of its reopening plan on May 3. The Central Library and 37 branch libraries across the city will reopen with limited in-person services. “We are excited to be starting this new chapter on May 3, and we know Angelenos have missed us as much as we have missed them,” said John F. Szabo, City Librarian. “We look forward to seeing our patrons return, and we’re committed to offering everyone a safe and welcoming experience.”
The first phase of reopening began April 19 with 30 libraries reopening for in-person services. With this new phase, the Central Library and 37 branch libraries will offer select services like quick browsing, computer access, pick up of holds and mobile printing orders, checking out of materials inside libraries, and Library To Go contactless pick up service.
Safety protocols like face masks, social distancing, and limited capacity are still in place. Patrons are allowed to visit the library for up to 60 minutes to browse shelves for materials, ask questions, print orders, and pick up reserved items.
Although more libraries are open, in-person programs and classes like story time are still unavailable. Fortunately, many programs successfully shifted online at the start of the pandemic. The LAPL has an extensive list of virtual offerings available on their website.
Hopefully, Los Angeles and California continue to stay on track to fully reopen June 15.