Fort Bend County Libraries (FBCL) will reopen five locations Monday, Library Director Clara Russell announced in a Thursday news release.
“We miss all of our patrons, and we know how important our libraries are to their daily lives,” Russell said. “We want to return to ‘normal’ service as soon as possible, but this needs to happen in phases so that we can keep everyone safe and healthy.”
As part of Phase 3 of the county’s reopening plan, the Missouri City Branch Library, the Sienna Branch Library, the University Branch Library in Sugar Land, and the George Memorial Library in Richmond will resume in-person operations. The Cinco Ranch Branch Library in Katy will also reopen.
The Books & More curbside pickup service will continue to be available at all FBCL locations.
All who enter FBCL buildings will start at a health-screening station to have their temperature taken, Fort Bend County Judge KP George said during a Facebook Live broadcast Thursday.
Hand sanitizer will be provided at each of the five locations open for in-person operations.
Patrons age 2 and older who enter the library building are required to wear a mask and follow all social-distancing guidelines. Those who cannot wear a mask will be assisted through the contact-free curbside pick-up service.
“FBCL serves a large number of residents throughout the county, so we are being very thoughtful and deliberate with our reopening plans,” Russell said. “These are our friends and neighbors, and we’re going to do everything in our power to expand library services while keeping our staff and communities safe.”
The hours for the five Phase 3 locations, as well as for the remaining curbside-only locations, are as follows:
- Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
- Friday-Saturday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
- Sunday: Closed at all locations
The Mamie George Branch Library in Stafford, the Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch Library, and the Albert George Branch Library in Needville will be open for curbside service from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday.
At the five locations that have reopened for in-person operations, patrons will be able to apply for or renew a library card or update their address, ask questions at the reference desk and access computers, printers and fax machines. Computer sessions can be reserved by calling the library or registering online.
Patrons can pay fines in-person, but FBCL said in a news release it is not accepting cash. FBCL will also not be accepting book donations.
In addition, mobile WiFi hotspots and launch pads are available for check out on a first-come, first-served basis to Fort Bend County residents.
Computers will be spaced apart to adhere to social-distancing guidelines, and computer sessions will be limited to two hours.
Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Study rooms with a maximum capacity of two people will reopen. Meeting rooms and conference rooms will remain closed.
FBCL will maintain online and virtual programming for children, teens, and adults.