APL COVID-19 Stage 5 Capacity and Service Restrictions, Effective Jan 10

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.