Tropical Storm Eta Delays Reopening Of Local Libraries

Skyla Luckey
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VALRICO, FL — Tropical Storm Eta is delaying the reopening of several Hillsborough County libraries that were scheduled to reopen Thursday after being closed since late March because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Library officials said the reopening has been postponed until Monday, Nov. 16.

Hillsborough County made the decision to delay the reopening in an abundance of caution to allow emergency managers and County officials to monitor the tropical storm and prepare for any possible impacts.

The reopening means that the public can have access to the collections, computers and other areas that have been restricted.

The libraries will operate at 25 percent capacity with safety protocols.

Bloomingdale Regional Public Library, 1906 Bloomingdale Ave, will be open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.


In addition to Bloomingdale, the following libraries will be open:

  • C. Blythe Andrews, Jr. Public Library, 2607 E. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. in Tampa

  • Jan Kaminis Platt Regional Library, 3910 S. Manhattan Ave. in Tampa

  • Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library, 2902 W. Bearss Ave. in Tampa

  • Maureen B. Gauzza Public Library, 11211 Countryway Blvd. in Tampa

  • North Tampa Branch Library, 8916 North Blvd. in Tampa

  • New Tampa Regional Library, 10001 Cross Creek Blvd. in Tampa

  • SouthShore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way in Ruskin

  • Town ‘N Country Regional Public Library, 7606 Paula Drive, Ste. 120 in Tampa

Coronavirus Safety Precautions:

  • Visits will be limited to one hour.

  • Children under the age of 17 must be accompanied by a parent.

  • Face coverings and social distancing are required. Temperature checks will be conducted at the door.

  • Study rooms, meeting rooms, makerspace and recording studios will not be available for use at this time.

  • Library programs, including story times, will continue virtually.


For more information, visit HCPLC.org.


This article originally appeared on the Bloomingdale-Riverview Patch