As health conditions steadily improve, libraries across San Mateo County announced plans to soon reopen services to the public.

Facilities plan to allow residents back Thursday, April 22. Limited in-person and express services will be offered, as library hours will be expanded while continuing curbside pick-up programs.

“Although we are exceptionally proud of our new curbside and virtual services, welcoming patrons back to in-library services will be a happy moment for all of us,” County Library Director Anne-Marie Despain said.

Express service will be expanded from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., and Thursdays through Saturdays will include the ability to browse the library, use computers and access printers. Beginning Monday, April 19, curbside services will continue Mondays through Wednesdays, on the expanded hour schedule. And library events or programs will remain virtual.

Those visiting the library must wear masks and adhere to social distancing standards. Building capacity and seating will be limited and the facility will be closed a midday to allow for an intensive cleaning. Visits should be limited to one hour.

Note to readers: This story has been changed. It had previously incorrectly stated Express service was Thursday through Sunday. It is Thursday through Saturday. 

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Your article about reopening of local libraries is a bit unclear. I’m delighted to know reopening is beginning to happen. But does “county libraries” refer to all libraries in the county, whether operated by individual cities or by the County of San Mateo? You have a quote from the County Librarian, but your photo is for the City of San Mateo’s Main Library. It’s operated by the City of San Mateo. Other cities that operate their own independent libraries are Burlingame, San Bruno, South San Francisco, Redwood City, Menlo Park, and Daly City. Can you clarify whether all the libraries are on board to begin reopening on similar schedules? Thanks. Nancy Crabbe, retired City Librarian, City of San Mateo Public Library

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