Library District expands browsing hours to all branches starting November 2

Press release from Alachua County Library District

The Alachua County Library District will expand browsing hours to all 12 locations on Monday, November 2. 

Starting Monday, the Library District will launch limited capacity browsing hours as follows:

  • Headquarters Library and Millhopper, Tower Road, and Alachua branches: Monday, Friday, and Saturday 2-5 p.m.; Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 2-7 p.m.
  • Cone Park, Hawthorne, High Springs, Library Partnership, and Newberry branches: Monday-Saturday 2-5 p.m. 
  • Archer, Micanopy, and Waldo branches: Tuesday-Saturday 2-5 p.m.
  • Patrons are asked to reserve the 2-3 p.m. browsing hour for high-risk community members.  

Outside service will continue at all locations from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Patrons can walk up to pick up materials, renew library cards, and register for new cards. Curbside service will be offered at Headquarters Library only 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday through Saturday for patrons who prefer to stay in their vehicles. 

Computer appointments and copier services are available at 10 a.m., noon, and during browsing hours at all locations. 

The Library District resumed browsing hours at five locations in late September.

“Our patrons have embraced limited capacity browsing hours and are happy to be back in the library,” said Library Director Shaney T. Livingston. “We appreciate the community’s support and understanding as we continue to carefully expand our services.”

Patrons are required to wear a face mask and practice social distancing while in buildings and complete a brief health screening, including a touchless temperature check, before entering. An adult must accompany patrons age 11 and younger. Face masks must cover the nose and mouth and fit securely under the chin. Neck gaiters and face coverings with valves, mesh, or holes of any kind are not permitted. 

The following services are available during browsing hours:

  • Browsing 
  • Checking out items, picking up holds, applying for a new library card, and renewing a library card
  • Computer sessions by appointment or walk-up, based on availability
  • Copier and scanner use
  • Reference services

The following services are not available during browsing hours:

  • Seating
  • Meetings, study rooms, and Quiet Reading rooms
  • One-on-one computer assistance
  • Payments
  • Inside returns (Please make all returns using the exterior book drops.)

For the latest information on available services, please visit www.aclib.us/currentservices