St. Louis County Library closes all branches again, returns to curbside-only service

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A patron picks up some books at the reopening of the St. Louis County Library's Daniel Boone Branch Library in Ellisville on June 19. Some areas of the library are sectioned off for social distancing.

The St. Louis County Library again closed all its branches last week, in an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

The libraries returned to curbside-only service July 29, in a move announced the day before. Just as they were from March to June, library buildings will be closed to the public until further notice to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Book drops will remain open, unless otherwise noted.

Since the library reopened June 19, coronavirus cases have spiked in the St. Louis region. Three branches have had to close due to positive COVID-19 cases among employees, despite only opening the libraries to around 15 patrons at a time and reducing contact between readers and staff. The Weber Road Library closed July 16 due to a positive COVID case. The earliest closing happened just after all libraries reopened.

All 20 SLCL locations will offer contact-free curbside pick-up for patrons to retrieve books, movies and other library materials, similar to the system put in place in May before libraries reopened. Patrons will also be able to request and pick up printouts. All SLCL branches continue to offer password-free WiFi wireless internet access that can be accessed from the parking lots. Details about using curbside service are available at www.slcl.org/curbside.

Curbside hours are Monday through Thursday from 1-6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 1-5 p.m.

Drive-thru meals from Operation Food Search, and emergency diapers and period products from the St. Louis Area Diaper Bank, along with other items like STEM and outdoor learning kits will continue to be offered in the parking lots of select SLCL branches, including Weber Road.