TINLEY PARK, IL — The Tinley Park Public Library this week announced its reopening date. It will be July 19. But a number of normal services won't be available as this is just the next step in a phased reopening plan the library initiated back in May.
"We have truly missed you, and look forward to seeing you at the library soon," Tinley Park Public Library Administrator Rich Wolff said.
Come July 19, library patrons will be allowed inside the building at 7851 Timber Drive for the first time since March but must wear either a mask or other face covering and follow social distance measures that require everyone to be six feet apart. Visits must be kept brief and all visitors must wash their hands thoroughly with soap and water and use the hand sanitizer that will be available at the library, according to guidelines posted on the library website.
Reduced hours and capacity limitations will also be in play, but the details were not immediately available on that Tuesday. Before the COVID-19 pandemic forced the library to close, it was open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and from 9 a.m. to noon on Sundays.
The July 19 reopening will begin Phase4 of the library's plan, and make available a number of activities such as browsing, copying, checkout and remote printing.
However, a number of services will remain off limits, such as the meeting rooms, play areas, public computers and seating.
Curbside pickups and book drop offs are already taking place.