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Some Erie County libraries to reopen Monday, including all 8 in Buffalo

Libraries will be following strict social distancing and cleaning measures, and all returned materials will be quarantined for a minimum of 72 hours.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — It's the news library lovers have been waiting to hear.

After 10 weeks of being closed, several Buffalo & Erie County Public Libraries, including the Central Library and all eight City of Buffalo branch libraries, will reopen to the public, starting Monday.

Libraries will be following strict social distancing and cleaning measures.

All returned materials will be quarantined for a minimum of 72 hours before being placed back on shelves, and all library staff and patrons will be required to wear a face covering.

The Buffalo & Erie County Public Libraries announced last week that several branches in the system would reopen for pickup services after shutting down due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Patrons will be able to take advantage of curbside, walk-up, or drive-thru pickup depending on location. Using your library card, you will be able to call a library to reserve and pick up books, CDs, DVDs, and audiobooks.  You will need to wear a mask when you pick up and drop off books. 

If you ordered materials before branches shut down due to COVID-19, and it's one of the locations offering pickup service, you should call ahead to make sure it's still available and to make arrangements to pick it up.

Click here to see which libraries are offering the pickup service.

If you have any questions, you can call 716-858-8900 Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. or email the library at askus@buffalolib.org.

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