Cobb County residents will soon be able to physically visit several of their public libraries next month.
The county will reopen seven libraries on Monday, July 6. Libraries opening their doors are East Cobb, Mountain View, North Cobb, Sewell Mill, South Cobb, Vinings and West Cobb.
Hours of operation for each library will be 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. The libraries are not open on the weekends. These same libraries began offering curbside pickup service to residents on June 10.
The county library system closed in March due to the pandemic. Switzer Library has been closed due to an extensive renovation project, and the county’s eight remaining libraries — Gritters, Kemp, Ray, Powder Springs, Sibley, Stratton, Sweetwater and Windy Hill — are still closed due to the pandemic.
Staff members have used social media to offer virtual services, including story time programming, in lieu of traditional events.
There will be restrictions in place on how users check out books and other content. Patrons will be asked to limit their visits to things like brief browsing, making transactions, picking up reserved materials and signing up for a library card. The library system will make a limited number of computers available for use.
Patrons should note that visits exceeding a few minutes or sitting down at tables or chairs “will not be possible under the health and safety guidelines for maintaining social distancing and reducing the community spread of COVID-19,” the county said. Residents are asked to wear masks or face coverings and practice social distancing while visiting the libraries.
“We know from the many people connecting with us over the past three months how reopening our library is recognized as vital for the community,” said Cobb Library Director Helen Poyer. “Although library visits will typically be shorter than normal, we are committed to expanding access to library resources.”
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