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Peoria Public Library to reopen its doors July 6

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PEORIA (HOI) -- Peoria Public Library will reopen its doors to the public after being closed for more than three months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

All five locations will be open starting Monday, July 6, but the library system will continue to offer curbside pick for those wanting contact-free service.

“Since March, when we all realized how deadly COVID-19 is, Peoria Public Library adjusted our services to safeguard our patrons and our staff,” said Randall Yelverton, Executive Director of Peoria Public Library. “Now, in accordance with the State of Illinois Phase IV COVID-19 guidelines, we will be reopening on July 6, but with new procedures in place so that we are still prioritizing our people – patrons and staff – over everything else.”

All visitors and staff will be required to wear masks at all times and maintain 6-foot minimum social distancing and brief browsing of bookshelves is encouraged, according to a release by the PPL.

Public computers will be available at all locations, but study rooms and meeting spaces will remain closed.

Programs – storytimes, book clubs, etc. – will continue to be offered online until further notice.

More reopening details:

  • All Peoria Public Library locations reopen Monday, July 6
  • With the exception of McClure Branch, which will now be closed Saturday and Sunday, every location will return to their regular hours and days of operation. The Bookmobile will not be operating.
  • Every visitor and all staff will be required to wear masks – properly – at all times.
  • Minimum 6-feet of social distancing is required.
  • Public computers will be distanced and appointments are encouraged by calling ahead.
  • Study and meeting spaces remain closed.
  • Library programs will continue to be offered online only until further notice.
  • Curbside pickup is available at all locations anytime during regular hours.
  • Patrons MUST return all materials to outside book drops. All book drops inside our buildings will be closed. This is due to our policy for quarantining returned materials.
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