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Athens County Libraries Reopen, With Some Changes

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County Public Libraries reopened on Tuesday, with some changes in place to meet state and local guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Visitors are asked to keep at least six feet of distance between other patrons and library staff, and not to visit the library if they are feeling ill. All library staff are required to wear face masks.

Library locations will be open during normal business hours, with curbside service also available during these hours. Designated hours for at-risk community members are as follows, according to the ACPL website:

  • Athens: Mondays and Wednesdays from 9-10 a.m.
    Chauncey: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10-11 a.m.
    Coolville: Mondays from 9-10 a.m.
    Glouster: Mondays and Wednesdays from 9-10 a.m.
    Nelsonville: Mondays and Wednesdays from 9-10 a.m.
    The Plains: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9-10 a.m.
    Wells (Albany): Mondays from 9-10 a.m.

Some library locations have plexiglass partitions, and/or a different furniture layout to allow patrons to keep six feet of distance.

Held items are now available, and public computer spaces are open, though with time limitations to keep in line with physical distancing requirements.

Meeting rooms are not currently available for patron use, and there are no children’s toys or children’s activities at any ACPL locations.

There will be no in-person programs “for the foreseeable future;” information about upcoming virtual programs can be found on social media and the libraries’ events calendar.

For more information, visit the ACPL website.