RIVERSIDE (CNS) – The city of Riverside’s library system will restart services on a limited level beginning next month, officials announced today.
All municipal libraries have been closed since a coronavirus-related public health emergency was declared by the City Council in mid-March. However, operations will be partially restored on July 9.
According to city spokesman Phil Pitchford, seven of the eight branches spread throughout the city will be available for pickup and drop-off transactions only — not interior visits to peruse shelves, utilize computers or look at other materials.
Under the “Library-to-Go” service, residents will be able to reserve books and DVDs online or by telephone, and librarians will gather items for curbside pickup on a specific date.
The service is similar to what the Riverside County Library System is slated to begin on Monday.
When patrons are scheduled to return materials, they can drop them at the branch where they originated.
Only the city’s Main Library at the intersection of Mission Inn Avenue and Orange Street will not be participating because it is in the process of closing, and staff are moving the entire inventory to a new facility three blocks away, which will likely open in October, according to Pitchford.
More information is available at https://www.riversideca.gov/library/.