NEW YORK — New York City public libraries are expected to begin reopening several branches on July 13.
The New York Public Library (NYPL), Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) and Queens Public Library (QPL) will reopen 22 branches across the five boroughs for grab-and-go service.
Under the institution’s first phase of reopening, New Yorkers can access a small area of the open branches to pick up and return checkouts that were placed online or on the phone.
People must wear masks and physically distance themselves from staff and other patrons as well as respect capacity limits inside locations. All returned items will also be quarantined for 72 hours before being recirculated.
The city’s libraries have been closed since mid-March when New York issued its “PAUSE” plan to help fight the spread of COVID-19.
Since then, the library system remained open virtually, offering several programs including electronic books, digital storytimes and virtual tutoring.