Gwinnett libraries to allow curbside pickup beginning Tuesday

Gwinnett County book drops will reopen Tuesday. GWINNETT COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY / AJC FILE PHOTO
Gwinnett County book drops will reopen Tuesday. GWINNETT COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY / AJC FILE PHOTO

Beginning Tuesday, Gwinnett County Public Library will allow patrons to pick up items that have been on hold since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

The county's branch libraries will remain closed. But holds will be available for curbside pickup from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays.

To pick up a book, residents must bring their library card or ID to the branch where their items are held. Markings on the sidewalk will help ensure people stay 6 feet apart.

Library staffers will check out materials and leave them on a table for patrons to pick up. Staffers will wear masks and gloves while handling library materials.

The library will no longer print receipts, but checkouts will be valid for 21 days. Patrons who are immunocompromised can call 770-978-5154 to have items brought to their car.

In addition to reopening for checkout, book drops will open Tuesday. Late fees remain suspended.

Items will be quarantined for at least 24 hours after they have been returned.

The library has a four-phase plan for reopening. There are no specific dates for when more library services will be offered.

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