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LA County Library reopening designated libraries for select in-person service

Phased reopening begins April 19

OW Staff Writer | 4/8/2021, 8:08 a.m.
LA County Library has announced...

LA County Library has announced that it will reopen 30 of its 85 libraries for select in-person service beginning April 19. With Los Angeles County entering the orange tier of the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy, libraries have been cleared to safely reopen at 50 percent capacity, while also maintaining 6-feet of physical distance for customers.

In preparation for reopening its doors to the public, LA County Library is working diligently to ensure safety protocols are met and appropriate preventative measures are in place.

LA County Library’s reopening is part of a phased reopening plan that prioritizes library openings based on geographic location, building availability, and the ability to accommodate physical distance guidelines and Public Health protocols. As part of its reopening, the Library has placed an emphasis on equity with special consideration for reopening libraries in underserved areas where residents prioritize in-person services.

Participating libraries include:

• Compton

• Culver City Julian Dixon

• Graham

• Huntington Park

• Lawndale

• Leland R. Weaver

• Lennox

• View Park Bebe Moore Campbell

• Woodcrest

Additional libraries across the county will be added to the Library’s reopening plan. Outdoor programming for a limited number of participants will begin in early summer 2021 and will be available at select libraries. A schedule of upcoming events will be added to the library’s website and will be disseminated to Library newsletter subscribers. County residents are encouraged to visit LACountyLibrary.org for details regarding library hours, services, additional openings, safety protocols and scheduled events and programs.

Sidewalk Service and Bookdrops will remain available at participating libraries. LA County Library continues to offer enhanced digital offerings at LACountyLibrary.org, including a temporary digital library card to access eBooks, audiobooks, magazines, movies, online classes, and more. Library program videos are also available on LA County Library s YouTube channel.

Founded in 1912, LA County Library is one of the largest and most innovative library systems in the US. It offers free public resources including books, music, multimedia materials, computer and internet access, and educational and recreational services to 3.4 million residents across 3,000 square miles through its 86 community libraries and mobile fleet of 14 vehicles.