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Kalamazoo Public Library is reopening to the public June 22 with limited hours and service, according to a press release from the library.

The Central Library will be open from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturdays.

The Oshtemo branch will be open from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Fridays and 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturdays.

The Alma Powell, Washington Square and Eastwood branches will be open from 1-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 1-5 p.m. on Fridays and closed on Saturdays.

All branches will be closed on Sunday.

“Returning visitors will notice a few changes when they come to Kalamazoo Public Library,” the release said. “KPL prioritizes the safety of our patrons and staff and we have adapted our buildings to minimize the risk of exposure to potential illness.”

KPL has installed plexiglass at all service desks, 6-feet distancing markers and limited available furniture, according to the release.

Bathrooms have also been upgraded to touchless access. Catalogs and computer equipment will be covered in plastic that will be replaced after each use.

KPL staff will regularly disinfect all high-touch surface areas. Hand sanitizer and wipes will be available for public use. 

“We hope these changes will make our patrons' visitor experience more comfortable,” the release said.

KPL is also asking patrons to abide by the following requirements:

  • All patrons are required to wear a face-covering during their visit. If you do not have one, a mask will be provided by KPL staff upon entry.

  • If you are experiencing any COVID-19 related symptoms, please do not enter.

  • Patrons must maintain 6 feet of distance from one another.

  • Each location will only allow 25% of building capacity at one time.

  • Patrons will have 1-hour maximum to browse, use the computer and check out materials.

  • Quarantine and cleaning returned materials will impact hold times. As a result, patrons are limited to 10 checked-out materials on their account.

  • All printing must be picked up at the service desk.

  • Toys, puzzles and musical instruments will not be available in the children’s area.

  • Multi-use print publications including newspapers and magazines will not be available at this time.

  • Water fountains will be disabled. Patrons will have access to automatic water bottle fillers.

  • Hand sanitizer and wipes are available and the buildings are routinely cleaned by KPL staff.

Patrons can also return materials to the library as of June 15. KPL staff will be onsite at each location to walk through the drop-off process. Due dates for all materials have been extended, according to the release.

The release also mentioned that due to the quarantine process it will take a few days before returns are reflected on a patrons account.

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