Library Branches Welcome Patrons Again

Hours of operation are expanding at locations all over Marin

San Rafael, CA – Branches of the Marin County Free Library (MCFL) are among the service agencies, government offices, businesses, and other facilities that are reopening for in-person visits as the COVID-19 pandemic dissipates.

MCFL, which has 10 branches throughout Marin, has provided curbside services during the COVID-19 pandemic since June 2020 and branches have been open for in-library services with modified hours since April. Now, MCFL is expanding hours of operation and continuing with facility upgrades to restore customer services. Some MCFL branches have already reopened, and more are opening in the coming weeks.

Fully vaccinated patrons are no longer required to wear a face covering when visiting a branch; unvaccinated patrons are asked to wear a mask. There are no longer patron time limits on visits, social distancing requirements, special occupancy limits inside MCFL facilities.

“We are thrilled to welcome library patrons back inside our branches without restrictions for vaccinated members of our community,” said Gabriella Calicchio, MCFL Interim Director. “The reopening process is a fluid one; we hope to have all our branches operating at full capacity in the coming weeks. We have truly missed our regular patrons and look forward to meeting new community members as we open our doors.”

Events and outdoor programs are returning as well. At most locations, curbside services are either available by request or being eliminated as the gradual reopening moves forward. For a full schedule, see the MCFL website.

Browsing all the collections inside our libraries and access to public Internet computer workstations are available at all branches except Corte Madera, which remains closed until later this summer because of construction. Curbside service and outdoor browsing continue to be available at some branches. The Bookmobile and the Learning Bus have resumed services at several stops. Check the website for details.

MCFL, which dates to 1927, provides welcoming, equitable and inclusive opportunities for all to connect, learn and explore. Don’t forget about its online services; more than 400,000 streaming and downloadable eBooks, eAudiobooks, videos, and digital magazines are available.

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