Delaware County District Library branches will begin reopening their facilities to in-person patrons Monday, June 29.

Expanded curbside hours at all branches also are part of the reopening plan, which was outlined by director George Needham to library board members in a June 16 virtual meeting.

The main library in Delaware will be open for in-person browsing from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, June 29. The ongoing schedule for in-person hours will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays; and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays.

All branches will have curbside pickup available during the same hours starting June 29, except the Ostrander branch, which is closed Mondays.

In-person browsing at all branches will begin July 6 -- or July 7 in Ostrander -- on the same schedule as the main library.

The library will ask that patrons put books that they touch in one particular place on the shelf so staff can set them aside until they're safe to reshelve, library spokeswoman Nicole Fowles said.

Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the shelves, as well.

Detailed guidelines and a schedule for use of library computers had yet to be finalized June 22, but patrons will be asked to make a reservation by phone or online, and usage will be limited to 50-minute increments, Fowles said.

"Closing the library during the pandemic was the right, though painful, decision," Needham said. "Now that we have all started to identify the 'new normal,' it's important that we make the resources of the library available to the community.

"We are counting on the people of Delaware County to cooperate with us in social distancing, wearing face coverings and not loitering in our buildings," he said. "Working together, we can make this work for everyone."

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