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Austin Public Library will reopen 12 branches after 14-month pandemic closure

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Get your summer reading lists ready, y'all.

Some Austin Public Library locations will reopen for limited capacity, in-person express services on May 10, just shy of 14 months after all APL locations closed last March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Twelve APL branches will reopen as part of the phased reopening: Central, Carver, Hampton Branch at Oak Hill, Manchaca, Milwood, North Village, Old Quarry, Ruiz, Spicewood Springs, St. John, Windsor Park and Yarborough.

These locations have been offering curbside pickup since last June. Starting next month, they will also offer the following in-person services: book and material browsing and checkout, printing and copying, public computers and Wi-Fi access, new library cards, holds pickup and checkout, and technology and reference help.

APL's remaining eight branches will reopen starting June 28, except those under renovation.

All APL branch locations have implemented pandemic-friendly changes, including a masking requirement, placing plexiglass barriers at all circulation desks, separating furniture and computers at least six feet apart and installing air purification equipment in their HVAC systems.

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