CLEVELAND — Have you missed going to the library to check out a book you've never read?
Have no fear, the Cleveland Public Library has announced they will be reopening on Aug. 24.
“We can’t wait to see our patrons inside our buildings again. It’s been a long journey and a lot of planning to get to this moment,” said Felton Thomas, Jr., Executive Director and CEO of Cleveland Public Library. “COVID-19 will forever change the library experience. However, our top-notch customer service and library rich programming to educate and enrich our community will remain the same.”
The library shut down in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Any visitor that enters the library must be wearing a mask and adhere to social distancing guidelines.
Visitors are asked to only stay inside the library for one hour. The library also plans on keeping a close eye on capacity.
Computers will be open to the public, but they recommend making a reservation for a time-slot before arriving.
“We listened to our patrons. Our goal has always been to provide what they want and need,” said Harriette Parks, Director of Public Services at Cleveland Public Library. “After countless internal planning meetings, reviewing guidance from state and local officials, consulting other library systems, and conferring with local experts like MetroHealth, the library has developed a plan to provide a safe environment for our staff and patrons while maintaining a level of service that our community has grown accustomed to from us.”
The library will be open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Immunocompromised visitors are asked to visit the library the first hour they are open.