Libraries open up – a bit

By Laura Hagar Rush, Townsy Media, May 3, 2021

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At the end of April, the Sonoma County Library began the slow process of reopening county libraries.  Eleven regional libraries, including Sebastopol and Guerneville, will open twice a day, for one-hour sessions, at less-than-normal capacity.

Reservations are encouraged and are available through our Express Service Reservation form.

“We know we can’t serve everyone online, so we’re glad to be able to offer in-person services once again,” read the press release from the library. “While our libraries may look a little different, we’re committed to providing our communities with the great service they know and love, while prioritizing the safety of all. As the county moves into higher tiers and more people are vaccinated, our services will expand.”

During Express Services, the following in-person services will be available:

  • Browsing and checking out books, CDs, DVDs and more
  • Computer use, including self-service scan, and print
  • Free 24/7 WiFi access

COVID precautions

Visitors are required to wear a properly fitting face covering, follow social distancing guidelines and follow the posted signage and verbal directions of library staff. In addition:

  • Patrons will be encouraged to use hand sanitizer upon entry
  • Food or drink inside the library are not permitted
  • Stay home if you are sick or have COVID-19 symptoms

In addition to the guidelines above, the library is working to protect the safety of patrons and staff:

  • Limiting occupancy inside the library
  • Promoting touchless service, like self-checkout and “Click & Collect” curbside pickup
  • Disinfecting high-touch surfaces regularly
  • Installing plexiglass at service desks
  • Placing social distancing markers and signs throughout the library
  • Providing hand sanitation stations throughout the library
  • Letting returned items sit before being circulated

Local library hours

Sebastopol Regional Library

(707) 823-7691

Express Services | Reservations

  • Mon-Tue: 1-2pm | 5-6pm
  • Wed-Sat: 11am-12pm | 3-4pm

Curbside

  • Mon-Tue: 12-7pm
  • Wed-Sat: 10am-5pm

 

Guerneville Regional Library

(707) 869-9004

Express Services | Reservations

  • Mon-Tue: 1-2pm | 5-6pm
  • Wed-Sat: 11am-12pm | 3-4pm

Curbside

  • Mon-Tue: 12-7pm
  • Wed-Sat: 10am-5pm