RIVERSIDE COUNTY, CA — The Riverside County Library System will reopen many of its branches to the public Monday, although there will be modified services amid new COVID-19 health regulations with physical distancing measures in place, county officials announced.
“We are really excited to have patrons come back into the libraries,” said County Librarian Barbara Howison. “Our online resources and services have thrived through the pandemic, as well as popular programs such as virtual story times. Our staff misses having those day-to-day interactions with the community, and I know our community members miss the libraries, too. Our priority remains keeping Riverside County Library System patrons, volunteers and employees safe and well-informed, while doing what we can to minimize the spread of coronavirus.”
During the modified service, patrons can stay inside a library for up to one hour, and services are limited to borrowing and returning materials and accessing public computers.
Masks are required to enter the libraries.
Other COVID-19 safety measures include floor markers for social distancing, hand sanitizer stations, reduction in the number of available computers (for social distancing), partitions at counters, and the removal of all lounge furniture.
The libraries will resume normal business hours and will continue to offer digital and curbside service during this time.
To find out if your library is open for in-person service, visit www.rivlib.net or call 951-369-3003.