Montgomery County’s public library system is preparing for a phased-in reopening of its libraries, which have been closed since March 13, 2020, due to the pandemic. No date yet for the reopening, but it’s likely to be sometime in June.
The following safety features are being implemented in preparation for the reopening:
• putting in plexiglass dividers
• installing more self-checkout stations to limit person-to-person interaction
• spreading computers apart to ensure social distancing
• putting hand sanitizer stations in buildings
The county also is installing enhanced WiFi outside library branches that will be available at some distance from the buildings.
While the libraries have been physically closed, MCPL has conducted about 200 virtual library events and activities per month and processed more than 300,000 requests from patrons for books and other library materials for contact-less pickup.
For listing of virtual events, see https://mcpl.libnet.info/events?l=virtual+branch&r=thisweek