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IndyPL begins phased reopening of branches

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Inside INdiana Business) – The Indianapolis Public Library is preparing to resume in-branch patron services at several of its branches over the next two weeks. The library says the phased reopenings will occur with limitations to ensure the safety of patrons and staff as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.

The IndyPL sites that will reopen on Monday include: Central Library and the Eagle, East 38th Street, Franklin Road, Haughville, Nora, and Pike branches.

On June 20, the Martindale-Brightwood Branch will reopen and will replace the former storefront facility across the street in the Brightwood Shopping Center.

On June 22, East Washington, Garfield Park, Southport, Spades Park, Warren and West Indianapolis branches will reopen. Additionally, the newly-renovated Wayne Branch is also set to reopen.

On June 29, the Beech Grove, College Avenue, Decatur, Glendale, Irvington, and Michigan Road branches will reopen.

IndyPL says the InfoZone, located within The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, will remain closed until further notice, and the Lawrence Branch will remain closed for major renovations.

The library says curbside materials delivery will continue each day that a branch is open from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. IndyPL says all book drops will be open and are the preferred method for returning materials. 

Some of the safety measures being implemented by the library include requiring all patrons over two years-old to wear masks, locating staff members at building entrances to limit capacity, and limiting time on public computers to one hour. The library will also be instituting social distancing of six feet, eliminating “over-the-shoulder” help from staff and regularly cleaning all facilities.

IndyPL says patrons will be asked to maintain proper hygiene and to keep their visits brief, both to limit the number of people and to allow the next patron to enter when a building reaches its designated capacity.

The library says it will continue to evaluate the health and safety of its environment for staff and patrons.

You can find more information on the updated hours of operation for the branches by clicking here.