Southwest Public Libraries reopens for limited service

Alan Froman
ThisWeek group
Debbie Yeager, circulation assistant, scans returned books Oct. 7 at the Grove City Public Library. Southwest Public Libraries reopened the Grove City and Westland Area libraries to the public with limited services, but browsing of aisles throughout the library is not permitted other than for a small, curated selection of materials.

Southwest Public Libraries reopened the Grove City Library and Westland Area Library for limited access Oct. 5.

The Grove City Library, 3959 Broadway, and Westland Area Library, 4740 W. Broad St., are open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays and noon to 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays.

While in the libraries, patrons will be able to pick up held items, browse and borrow from a limited and curated collection of materials, use a computer by scheduled appointment and print, copy, scan or fax.

Open browsing of aisles is not available, however. Staff members will assist patrons with finding and retrieving titles from the shelves.

Limited seating will be available, and meeting and study rooms will remain closed. 

A section of the library is taped off from the public Oct. 7 at the Grove City Public Library.

The libraries will continue to offer programs and activities virtually or as grab-and-go kits until conditions are safe again.

The library system's no-contact hold-pickup service ended Oct. 3. Patrons no longer  need to call to schedule a time to pick up held items.

Masks and face coverings will be required to enter the libraries.

Returns will continue to be accepted only during regular service hours.

Southwest Public Libraries had operated under a no-contact service model since May.

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