RIVERSIDE COUNTY – The Riverside County Library System opened up many of the county libraries with express service Monday, June 22. 

The express service allows patrons to continue to reserve their books and materials online as well as by calling their respective library. Patrons can call their library to schedule a date and time to retrieve their reserved materials, similar to the retail curbside services. Book drops will be open as well for returns. 

County librarian Barbara Howison said RCLS libraries are back in business, although technically they never shut down. 

“Online resources and services continued and thrived through the pandemic as well as popular programs such as story times,” Howison said. “Our priority remains keeping Riverside County Library System patrons, volunteers and employees safe and well-informed while doing what we can to help minimize the potential spread of the coronavirus.” 

RCLS asked all patrons, volunteers and employees to wear face coverings and continue to follow health and safety standards when entering the facilities. The library system will begin to add in-person services and features eventually, Howison said. 

The Riverside County Library System is a division of Riverside County Business and Community Services. To see if a library is open for express service, check http://www.rivlib.net or call 951-369-3003. 

Submitted by Riverside County Library System.