Austin Public Library to begin resuming in-person services May 10

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Austin Central Library is among the Austin Public Library locations reopening in-person services May 10. (John Cox/Community Impact Newspaper)

Austin Central Library is among the Austin Public Library locations reopening in-person services May 10. (John Cox/Community Impact Newspaper)

Austin Public Library will begin reopening branches to the public in May after operating with only digital and curbside pickup services since June 2020. On May 10, certain library locations will reopen for limited capacity in-person services, with all locations reopening in-person services by June 28.

Locations set to open in May include the Central, Carver, Hampton Branch at Oak Hill, Manchaca, Milwood, North Village, Old Quarry, Ruiz, Spicewood Springs, St. John, Windsor Park, and Yarborough branches—all of which have been open for curbside services while Austin is under Stage 3 COVID-19 risk-based guidelines. All additional locations have been closed in recent months and will open in June—barring any locations undergoing renovations, including the Pleasant Hill Branch.


Curbside and digital services will continue as in-person services resume. Certain services that have been restricted during the coronavirus pandemic will also return, including computer access, new library card creation, and printing and copying access.

According to Austin Public Library, new health and safety features and protocols have been implemented. Plexiglas is installed around circulation desks, and HVAC systems have been revamped to ensure air is purified. Masks will be required for staff and patrons.
By Olivia Aldridge

Multi-Platform Journalist

Olivia hosts and produces Community Impact Newspaper's podcasts, The Austin Breakdown, The Houston Breakdown and The DFW Breakdown. She launched the podcasts after nearly three years as a reporter for the newspaper, covering public health, business, development and Travis County government for the Central Austin edition. Olivia worked as a reporter and producer for South Carolina Public Radio before moving to Texas.