County libraries will offer temporary ‘sidewalk service’

Call and receive item on outside table

City News Service | 6/5/2020, midnight

Starting Monday, the Los Angeles County library system—which closed its branches in mid-March because of the coronavirus pandemic—will begin offering sidewalk service to patrons who have items on hold at two-dozen libraries.

Library hold items will be available to be picked up between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.  

Patrons will be asked to call the library when they arrive, and their items will be brought to an outdoor table where customers will pick them up without any direct contact with library staff.

Bookdrops at all 85 of the county’s libraries will re-open Monday, with all returned materials set to be quarantined before being re-issued, as recommended by health officials, according to the county library system.

All due dates on library items already checked out have been extended to July 15, with due dates on new items following standard borrowing schedules.

The county’s public library system was closed to the public March 14, with customers initially allowed to pick up items on hold in the lobbies of nearly half of the libraries. The libraries were subsequently completely closed as a result of the ongoing pandemic.