Library to Add Saturday Hours and Open More Locations in May

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Library to Add Saturday Hours and Open More Locations in May

Starting May 3rd, the DC Public Library will open more libraries, expand to 50 percent capacity, and add Saturday hours at its open locations.

The Deanwood and Southeast libraries will join the already open libraries to provide limited in-person services. The following locations will be open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 AM to 6:00 p.m.:
  • Anacostia (Ward 8)
  • Bellevue (Ward 8)
  • Benning (Ward 7)
  • Capitol View (Ward 7)
  • Chevy Chase (Ward 3)
  • Cleveland Park (Ward 3)
  • Deanwood (Ward 7)
  • Francis-Gregory (Ward 7)
  • Georgetown (Ward 3)
  • Mount Pleasant (Ward 1)
  • Northeast (Ward 6)
  • Palisades (Ward 3)
  • Petworth (Ward 4)
  • Shaw (Ward 6)
  • Shepherd Park (Ward 4)
  • Southeast (Ward 6)
  • Tenley-Friendship (Ward 3)
  • West End (Ward 2)
  • Woodridge (Ward 5)
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial
During the District's public health emergency, people are able to visit the library 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 http://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. 
  • Printing/Scanning: Customers can print in person, by using a computer at one of the open locations, or by using the remote printing option. Scanning is also available. Learn more at dclibrary.org/computeruse
  • 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.
The following measures at libraries have been put in place to mitigate the spread of COVID-19:
  • Face masks required for staff and public.
  • Hand sanitizer available at each location for staff and public.
  • Regulated entry and occupancy.
  • Reconfigured branches to promote social distancing.
Last week the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its cleaning guidelines, indicating that the risk of catching COVID-19 from a contaminated surface is low. In keeping with the new guidelines and in consultation with DC Health and agencies managing the city’s reopening, the Library will eliminate the 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. closure for additional cleaning effective Monday, May 3. Regular cleaning throughout the day will continue as well as additional cleaning in the event there is a COVID-19 positive case at a library location.
 
The Library continues to serve residents through its online digital library. Visit dclibrary.org or download the DC Public Library mobile app for reopening information and the event schedule.