Austin Public Health has raised the Austin area’s COVID-19 Risk-Based Guidance to Stage 5, its highest level.
In response, Austin Public Library (APL) branches will be implementing the following risk reduction protocols effective January 10, 2022.
- All Austin Public Library locations will operate at 25% capacity. If a member of the public arrives at an APL location that is above 25% capacity, they may be required to wait before being admitted.
- Seating capacity and computer stations will be limited. We encourage library customers using computers or seating to complete their tasks quickly so that other customers can as well.
- We will return to all-virtual programming. All in-person programming, whether indoor or outdoor, is cancelled. Check our events page for updated information about upcoming virtual programs.
- Shared Learning Rooms at the Central Library will be closed.
- Sanitization of surfaces will be increased.
These will be on top of ongoing public health and safety protocols to reduce the spread of COVID-19 which are already in effect, including:
- Curbside pickup is available at four APL locations (Central, Manchaca, North Village, and Spicewood Springs). Customers are encouraged to use curbside hold pickup service as a way to safely access physical materials.
- City of Austin mask requirement is strictly enforced. All persons inside APL locations are required to wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth at all times. More info.
- Austin History Center and Recycled Reads Bookstore will continue to operate at current reduced hours and levels.