All Large Library Locations To Resume Limited Operations November 9

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All Large Library Locations To Resume Limited Operations November 9

Chevy Chase, Georgetown and Palisades Libraries will Reopen

Starting Monday, November 9, the Chevy Chase, Georgetown and Palisades Neighborhood Libraries will open with limited services. These three locations are the District's remaining large neighborhood libraries.  

The Chevy Chase, Georgetown and Palisades Neighborhood Libraries will follow the system’s current operating schedule and be open on weekdays from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM and from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM.

DC Public Library locations are offering limited in-person services. Customer are allowed to:
  • Pick up books that they have placed on hold.
  • Apply for a Library Card: Customers can apply for a Library Card at an open branch and online via the Library’s website www.dclibrary.org.
  • Use a computer: The Library has reduced the number of public computers to ensure six feet of social distancing. In addition, computer sessions are limited to 45-minute sessions to allow for cleaning and for more people to access the internet. While photocopying and scanning are not available, customers can also send documents electronically for free printing.
  • Borrow Grab & Go Materials: Curated book titles and bundles of books will be available for checkout near the circulation desk. Customers can ask for a specific item, and the staff member will retrieve it.
  • Use the Restroom.
To ensure public health and safety of library staff and users, controlled entry will be in place to limit the number of people in the library at one time. Other measures include:
  • Closing reading rooms and outdoor terraces to the public;
  • Requiring customers and staff to wear a face mask or covering and practice at least 6-feet social distancing at library locations;
  • Suspending all meeting or study room reservations;
  • Replacing customer book browsing with staff searches for materials;
  • Reducing the number of public computers available and ensuring 6 feet of space between each available computer; and
  • Cleaning high-touch areas including public computers, restrooms, doorknobs and handles, chairs, and tables throughout the day and specifically 2 pm – 3 pm daily when library locations are closed.
While the District’s Public Health Emergency remains in effect, Library service is being restored in phases. This approach allows the Library to ensure the safety of customers and staff. Later in November, the Library plans to add Saturday hours at all open locations.  In the future the Library plans to phase in additional services including, adding additional public computers at all open locations and opening locations with less than 10 thousand square-feet.

Learning Hubs Available at Four Neighborhood Libraries

Student-only computer stations are now available for middle and high-school students at Anacostia, Bellevue, Benning and Woodridge Neighborhood Libraries. During open hours, students will be able to access dedicated computers for a 45-minute session for completing schoolwork and studying. These sessions will be first-come-first-serve and students will be asked to show a student ID when signing up. In the future, the Library plans to expand this service at more open locations. As with all visitors to the Library, students must wear masks and follow social distancing protocols while accessing these computer stations.

 More information on the District’s response to COVID-19 is available at conoravirus.dc.gov.