On Thursday, the Berkeley Public Library announced that it will be opening three of its locations up to the public over the following weeks.
Patrons will be able to visit each location for indoor express services including indoor browsing, hold pickups, shelf-checkouts and computer use, according to a Berkeley Public Library press release.
Starting May 28, North will be open for patrons. West will begin offering indoor express services June 7, and Central will open its first floor for indoor express services June 15, according to the press release.
All three locations will be open for indoor service during the hours of 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Saturday.
“Two staff teams, one for Central and one for the Branches, are continuing to meet and plan for additional indoor access and services,” the press release reads. “The teams continue to work in coordination with the City of Berkeley, Labor Unions and Public Health.”
The press release said outdoor pickup of holds will continue at four locations. Central will be open for outdoor pickup Mondays from noon to 6 p.m. and Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Claremont and Tarea Hall Pittman South will be open Mondays to Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursdays from noon to 6 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tool Lending Library will be open Mondays and Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesdays and Thursdays from noon to 6 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Additionally, the information line for reference questions and library account customer service will remain available Mondays from noon to 6 p.m. and Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., according to the press release.
Services that began during the COVID-19 pandemic such as Chromebook and wifi hot spot lending, personalized book picks by librarians and virtual programming will continue, the press release added.