Library District offers browsing hours at five branches, updates hours starting Sept. 28

Press release from Alachua County Library District

The Alachua County Library District will offer browsing hours six days a week at five branches and update operating hours across all 12 locations starting Monday, Sept. 28. 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.

Starting Monday, patrons can browse as follows:

  • Headquarters Library and Millhopper, Tower Road, and Alachua branches: Monday, Friday, and Saturday 3-5 p.m.; Tuesday-Thursday 3-7 p.m.
  • Cone Park Branch: Monday-Saturday 3-5 p.m. 

Curbside services will continue Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Headquarters Library and Millhopper, Tower Road, Cone Park, Hawthorne, High Springs, Library Partnership, and Newberry branches and Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Archer, Micanopy, and Waldo branches. Drive-through services will be available Monday, Friday, and Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Tuesday-Thursday 10 a.m.-7 p.m. at Alachua Branch. Computer appointments and copier services are available at 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m., and 4 p.m. at all locations on days when curbside/drive-through service is available. 

Browsing will be limited to 10 percent of building occupancy at Headquarters Library and Millhopper, Tower Road, Alachua, and Cone Park branches. Patrons age 11 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. 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 will be 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 will not be 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.)

The Library District has removed furniture, reconfigured computer areas for social distancing, installed sneeze guards, and equipped employees with personal protection equipment to prepare for the next phase in opening branches. For the latest information on available library services, please visit www.aclib.us/currentservices. For more information, contact Rachel Cook at 352-334-3909 or rcook@aclib.us.

  • Divide the cost to keep the libraries open by the number
    Of patrons who go in and you will find the cost per
    Person…a friend did the math many years ago and the
    Sun published it…I think it was around $13/person/visit.
    It didn’t matter how long you stayed inside…just going in
    For a drink of water, use the restroom, use internet…
    Almost everyone has internet access today…maybe it’s
    Time to close libraries down because it’s a waste of taxpayers money….their was talk of homeless neighbors
    A long time ago using the bathrooms to freshen up…
    Didn’t government make Grace Mktplc to end homelessness
    And provide services? The homeless/panhandler/bum/
    Displaced persons in our city is getting worse…Now the
    Bum types can walk around with open containers and
    Be a nuisance. I am going to stop spending my money
    At restaurants & business that allow bums to flop near
    Their front doors. It’s unsightly and beginning to feel
    Unsafe when I see several bums congregating around
    Business entrances, etc. I don’t believe the business owners
    & managers don’t tell them to move on…it’s bad for business….police need to tell them to move-on because
    It’s getting bad.

  • This is absurd. After the upcoming presidential election, covid-19 will disappear. In the famous words of Hillary, it’s a nothingburger. It is not time to do away with brick-and-mortar libraries. It is time to stop political Marxism.

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