Libraries open for grab-and-go services across New York City

Nearly two dozen libraries across the city reopened their doors Monday for the first time in four months, but there are restrictions in place.

News 12 Staff

Jul 14, 2020, 12:01 AM

Updated 1,411 days ago

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Nearly two dozen libraries across the city reopened their doors Monday for the first time in four months, but there are restrictions in place.
Patrons are now allowed back inside 22 branches across the five boroughs as of Monday, for the first time since mid-March. 
Seven locations are now open in Brooklyn and three in the Bronx. One of those locations is the Francis Martin Library in University Heights, where social distancing decals guide the way. 
Plexiglas protects staff and the public and masks must be worn. Also, returns are quarantined for 72 hours before going back into circulation. 
If you want to check out, you can't just show up. There's no browsing the shelves in person as of right now. Instead, you can call ahead or log online to place a hold on your items, which should be ready to be picked up within 24 hours.
Libraries are not collecting late fees or fines for items checked out before the shutdown and during the first phase of reopening.


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