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LIBRARY REOPENING

Last Updated: March 15 , 2021

Alexandria Libraries are open to the public with limited hours during PHASE THREE of its reopening plan. Read the plan here.

WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU ARRIVE

 

  • Upon entering the library you will meet a library greeter who will take your temperature and issue a mask, if you forgot to bring one.
  • No food or drink will be allowed in the Library to ensure that masks are worn at all times for the safety of customers and Library staff.
  • All customers over the age of 5 are required to wear a mask while at the library. Failure to comply will result in denied entry.
  • Customers with temperatures above 100 degrees will also be denied entry and will be offered curbside and virtual library service.
  • Customers are allowed to remain in the building up to two hours, which includes 2 hours of time on computers.
  • For safety and to maintain physical distancing, staff cannot provide technology assistance.  Customers are encouraged to bring someone with them to help with the computers.
  • Customers are asked to stay out of the library for 30 minutes before re-entering, provided space is available.
  • Due to new guidance from the Virginia Department of Health and benchmarking data, returned materials will now be held in quarantine for at least 24 hours before being removed from your account.  

 

MASKS & PHYSICAL DISTANCING

 

During PHASE THREE, the library has a 25% occupancy rate, which includes staff. The amount of people allowed inside a branch at any one time is listed below:

  • Beatley Central - 120
  • Barrett Branch - 50
  • Local History/Special Collections Branch - 5
  • Burke Branch -  30
  • Duncan Branch -  34
  • Law Library - 7

All customers over the age of 5 are required to wear a mask while at the library. Failure to comply will result in denied entry.

Please maintain a six foot distance from others at all times while in the library.

All of our branches have been retrofitted with Plexiglas® and have physical distancing signage.

Please use the occupied signs on doors to indicate that the bathroom is in use.

Furniture has been removed or reconfigured to ensure proper physical distancing. Customers should not move furniture for family groups unless staff have been consulted.

Only one (1) person (or family group) will be allowed on elevators at a time.

 

COMPUTERS & PRINTING

 

Access to computers is available with a 2 hour time limit. Assistance from staff is not available.

Copying and printing fees are in place. Printing is 25 cents per printed side (black and white only). Scanning can be done and saved to a flash drive or emailed at no charge. 

 

 

FEES & FINES

 

The preferred method for paying fines and fees is via debit/credit cards online or inside a branch.

Cash, checks or money orders will be accepted in the library.

 

 

CLEANING

 

All branches will be regularly cleaned each evening and high touch public areas and restrooms are cleaned every 2 hours during open hours.

Returned materials will be quarantined for at least 24 hours before being placed back in circulation and removed from your account.  No fines will be incurred.

 

 

TEMPORARY CARDS

 

As many of our customers who received temporary cards during the closure still struggle with the need to stay home for their safety, we are extending the temporary cards through June 30, 2021. Those who are able to come into the branch or come to curbside, may have their cards converted to permanent cards.

 

 

DONATIONS

 

Material donations are not accepted at this time.

Please keep them with you until we can accept them.

If you leave donations at the library, they will not be used and will be thrown away.

 

 

HOURS & LOCATIONS

 

BEATLEY CENTRAL
Sun:  Closed
Mon:  11 am - 7 pm
Tues:  11 am - 7 pm
Wed:  11 am - 7 pm
Thurs:  11 am - 7 pm
Fri:  Curbside Only
Sat:  11 am - 5 pm
 
TALKING BOOKS - By Appointment Only 
Talking Books is located at the Beatley Central Library.  Please call 703.746.1760 to make an appointment during Beatley business hours.
 
BURKE BRANCH 
Sun:  Closed
Mon:  11 am - 7 pm
Tues:  Closed
Wed:  11 am - 7 pm
Thurs:  Closed
Fri:  Curbside Only
Sat:  11 am - 5 pm
 
LAW LIBRARY - By Appointment Only  (Call 703.746.4077)
Sun: Closed
Mon: 9 am - 2 pm
Tues: 9 am - 2 pm
Wed: 9 am - 2 pm
Thurs: 9 am - 2 pm
Fri: 9 am - 2 pm
Sat: Closed

BARRETT BRANCH
Sun:  Closed
Mon:  11 am -7 pm
Tues:  Closed
Wed:  11 am -7 pm
Thurs:  Closed
Fri:  Curbside Only
Sat:  11 am - 5 pm
 
LOCAL HISTORY - By Appointment Only  (Call 703.746.1706 or email)
Sun: Closed
Mon: 11 am - 7 pm
Tues: Closed
Wed: 11 am - 7 pm
Thurs: Closed
Fri: Closed
Sat: 11 am - 5 pm
 
DUNCAN BRANCH 
Sun: Closed
Mon: Closed
Tues: 11 am - 7 pm
Wed: Closed
Thurs: 11 am - 7 pm
Fri:  Curbside Only
Sat: 11 am - 5 pm

 

 

MEETING ROOMS & PROGRAMS

 

Meeting rooms are still not available for use.

Library programs will continue online while in PHASE THREE.

Please see our virtual event calendar and join us online.

 

 

CURBSIDE SERVICES

 

Curbside Service is still available for those who do not wish to come into the library. 

Curbside services will be offered on branch open days with curbside only offered on Fridays. Please see the curbside page for details.

 


 

THERMAL CAMERAS

 

Thermal cameras can now be checked out. They will undergo cleaning upon return. Regular checkout periods and fees do apply. For more information: https://alexlibraryva.org/thermal-cameras

 

 

PASSPORT SERVICES

 

The Library hopes to provide passport services again by May 1, 2021.

 

 

 

VOLUNTEERS & FRIENDS

 

Volunteers and Friends will not be allowed into the library during PHASE THREE.

Volunteers and Friends will be welcomed back during PHASE FOUR.