Austin Public Libraries Reopening to the Public May 10

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Austin Public Libraries Reopening to the Public May 10


Austin Public Library's (APL) timeline for reopening to the public for limited capacity in-person Express Services will begin on Monday, May 10 at 12 libraries.

The libraries opening next month for Express in-person services are Central, Carver, Hampton Branch at Oak Hill, Manchaca, Milwood, North Village, Old Quarry, Ruiz, Spicewood Springs, St. John, Windsor Park, and Yarborough.

Digital services, along with curbside pickup, will continue. The following services will be added inside the libraries: Book and material browsing and checkout, Printing and copying, Public computers, Wi-Fi, New Library cards, Holds pickup and checkout, and Technology and reference help.

Fines will be reinstated May 17, 2021 - adult items, returned or renewed past the due date, will begin to accrue fines.

The Austin History Center will continue remote reference and add limited capacity in-person service on Thursdays and Fridays beginning May 13.

Starting Monday, June 28, in-person service will expand to all Austin Public Library branches (except those under renovation). At that time, curbside service will cease.

APL provides crucial computer access to residents so they can take advantage of vaccination sign-ups and other social services offered by the City, State, and Federal governments.

All APL libraries have implemented necessary precautions to keep customers and staff safe, such as the measures included below:

  • Plexiglass is installed at all circulation desks
  • All customers and staff are highly encouraged to wear masks
  • APL has installed bipolar ionization equipment in the HVAC Systems system wide at all APL locations. The equipment is designed to neutralize contaminates (allergens, mold, bacteria, viruses, and volatile organic compounds) to ensure that conditioned purified air is recycled through the HVAC Systems
  • Furniture and computers are spaced a minimum of six feet apart