In July, Multnomah County Library (MCL) reopened seven more locations (Hillsdale, Fairview-Columbia, Troutdale, Hollywood, North Portland, Northwest and St. Johns).
The remaining MCL locations will reopen in August, starting with Belmont and Sellwood-Moreland August 3. The Central Library follows on August 10 and Albina on August 24.
The reopened locations will resume pre-pandemic hours except for new hours at the Central Library. Patrons can browse, pick up holds without an appointment, use computers and Wi-Fi, scan/fax/print documents and get help from library staff. There will be no time limits on how long patrons may use the library.
“I’m proud of the new and innovative ways the library served this community during the pandemic, but there’s nothing we have looked forward to more than opening those doors to serve people in person at every library,” said Director of Libraries Vailey Oehlke.
“I am grateful to our community for its support of the library through this historic and challenging time and I am eager to embrace our next chapter together.”
Library staff will be required to wear masks and they are recommended, but not required for patrons. Physical distancing is optional.