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Public libraries reopen

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 by Tai Moses

The library is reopening! Twelve Austin Public Library branches – Central, Carver, Hampton Branch at Oak Hill, Manchaca, Milwood, North Village, Old Quarry, Ruiz, Spicewood Springs, St. John, Windsor Park, and Yarborough – are opening their doors to the public this week for “limited capacity in-person express services.” The curbside pickup and digital services that have been standard during the pandemic will continue but they will be joined by book browsing and checkout, holds pickup and checkout, and technology and reference help. Community members may also apply for new library cards and use the printing machines, public computers and Wi-Fi. It’s not all good news: overdue fines are coming back starting May 17. All adult items that are returned or renewed past the due date will start accruing fines. Library patrons will notice some changes at APL intended to keep customers and staff safe, such as Plexiglas at all circulation desks and the mandatory wearing of face masks. Find the hours of operation for all APL branches here.

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