Huntsville Public Library

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Reopening Guidelines

Beginning Monday, June 1, the Huntsville Public Library will reopen for a limited “Come & Go” service to allow patrons to utilize library resources.

During this time, only twenty people may be in the building at one time plus library staff.

Hours of Operation:

The library will be open from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. The computers will shut down 15 minutes before the library closes at 12 and 6 p.m.

Checking Out Library Materials:

To better accommodate our patrons, the library is temporarily removing the 25 item limit per card. As of June 1, checkouts will be limited to 10 items per person. At least one person in a family/household must have a library card, and the cardholder accepts all responsibility for items checked out. This means that a library card may be used to check out more than 25 items at one time, provided that there are more than three people in the family/household. The limit of five DVDs per household is still in effect.

Computer Usage:

Computer usage will be limited to four computers in the Jane and Charles Monday Computer Lab and three adult computers in the Dr. Harley and Marjorie Rex Children’s Room in order to promote social distancing. Computer time is limited to 1 hour sessions, and patrons are strongly encouraged to make an appointment to reserve computer time by calling IT Coordinator Jalpa Shah at 936-291-5485. Computer assistance will be available only on a limited basis.

Additional services:

  • The Johnnie Jo Sowell Dickenson Genealogy Room will be available only by appointment. Please call Toni Herrington at 936-291-5473 to set up an appointment for the genealogy department.
  • Library programs, meeting rooms, study rooms, children’s play areas, lounge furniture, children’s computers, and interlibrary loan service will not be available at this time.
  •  Access to the library’s copier will be allowed; however, assistance will be available only on a limited basis.
  • Curbside service will be offered on a limited basis by appointment only. For more information, please contact the Huntsville Public Library at 936-291-5472.

The library strongly encourages people to wear a mask when inside the library, engage in proper hygiene practices, and help maintain social distance guidelines. As a courtesy to others who wish to enter the building, the library asks that patrons conclude their business inside the library in a timely manner. 

As a courtesy to staff and other patrons, the library asks that persons who are experiencing symptoms of illness (or who have experienced symptoms of illness in the past 24 hours) to not come to the library.

We greatly appreciate your patience as we adjust to provide library services to the community. We have missed our patrons and look forward to serving you.

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