Worthington Libraries and the Westerville Public Library will begin a phased reopening Tuesday, May 26.

For Worthington, curbside pickup of reserves will be made available to patrons who have had items waiting since March 13, when the library closed because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

Patrons with items held at any location at any of the three branches -- Old Worthington Library, Northwest Library and Worthington Park Library -- may schedule curbside pickup via email or text message, depending on the notification preferences listed on the account.

Patrons soon will be able to reserve items for curbside pickup, although no date has been determined.

During this first phase of curbside pickup, the library will not accept returns. The date for accepting returns has not been determined; however, once that process begins, returned items will be quarantined for at least 72 hours before returned to the shelves or available to be borrowed.

Go to worthingtonlibraries.org for more information.

In Westerville, a drive-up window and return bin will be open from noon to 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays at the library, 126 S. State St. Expect delays as library staff members adhere to best practices. For details and a FAQs, go here.

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