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Austin Public Library To Start Opening Its Doors Again Next Month

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Gabriel C. Pérez
The Central Library and 11 other branches of the Austin Public Library system will reopen next month.

Austin Public Library will be reopening 12 of its locations May 10 and all other branches June 28.

The library system has been offering only digital and curbside services because of the coronavirus pandemic. Those services will continue.

The libraries opening next month are:

  • Central
  • Carver
  • Hampton Branch at Oak Hill
  • Manchaca
  • Milwood
  • North Village
  • Old Quarry
  • Ruiz
  • Spicewood Springs
  • St. John
  • Windsor Park
  • Yarborough

Capacity will be limited, according to APL. At these locations, people will be able to browse and check out books, use printer and copier machines, use computers, access Wi-Fi and get library cards and reference help.

“APL provides crucial computer access to residents so they can take advantage of vaccination sign-ups and other social services offered by the City, State, and Federal governments,” the library system said in a press release.

The libraries will have certain COVID precautions in place, such as plexiglass barriers at the circulation desks, a mask requirement for customers and staff, and spaced-out furniture and computers. APL has also installed equipment in the libraries’ ventilation systems to neutralize contaminants, like viruses and bacteria, in the air.

Marisa Charpentier is KUT's assistant digital editor. Got a tip? Email her at Follow her on Twitter @marisacharp.
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