Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Hitting the books: York County libraries have finally reopened. Here are the changes

The Williamsburg Regional Library has created a new list of "Antiracism Reads" for the community. (WYDaily file/Courtesy of Unsplash)
The York County libraries were supposed to open on Tuesday, but postponed reopening to Wednesday because of Tropical Storm Isaias. (WYDaily file/Courtesy of Unsplash)

Bibliophiles of York County who have run out of reading material during quarantine now have access to their public libraries again.

Yorktown and Tabb libraries reopened Wednesday after being closed to the public since March.

The libraries were supposed to reopen Tuesday but was postponed because of Tropical Storm Isaias.

With reopening, there are many changes to ensure the safety of the public.

We’re still in a pandemic after all.

“The safety of our community, patrons, and staff is our highest priority. With that in mind, we’ve had to make some modifications to our services,” said Library Director Kevin Smith in a county news release.

Yorktown Library is allowing only 25 people inside at a time, while the Tabb Library is permitting 50 people inside the building.

Patrons are encouraged to practice social distancing. Red floor markers show the appropriate distance from public service stations and desks. The libraries have also removed some furniture to enforce safety guidelines.

There are also a reduced number of computers available for a limited amount of time. Study rooms are also not available and book donations will not be accepted. officials said.

Book drops are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All returned items will be quarantined for at least 72 hours. Book donations will not be accepted at this time.

Curbside pickup is available Tuesday through Saturday. The hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Special accommodations are available if you contact the Circulation Department at 757-890-5130 for Tabb or 757-890-5205 for Yorktown.

The first hour of opening — 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. — is reserved for seniors and at-risk customers. All in-person events, programs, and activities are cancelled at both locations.

The libraries have modified hours of operation, with Monday and Sunday being closed. The libraries will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Saturday

Anyone going into the libraries are also required to wear a face covering the entire time they are inside the building. Library staff will also be wearing facemasks. Hand sanitizers will readily be available to the public as well.

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