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Monroe County Public Library will expand curbside pickup hours next week


Pick-up hours have been extended at the Monroe County Public Library’s main branch on Kirkwood Avenue and its Ellettsville branch. IDS file photo and Alex Deryn

Local libraries will offer daily curbside pickup hours and open technology stations by appointment starting next week.

“The community has definitely shown or expressed a desire for us to expand our hours,” Mandy Hussey, Monroe County Public Library spokesperson, said.

Library goers can pick up books from the public library's main branch on Kirkwood Avenue or its Ellettsville branch by appointment from 11 a.m.-7p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 12-4 p.m. Sunday. 

People can also print up to 20 double sided pages per week for pickup during these hours. 

The main branch's in-person technology services will open Aug. 27 by appointment during pickup hours. People can reserve a computer, scanner, fax machine, copier or printer once a week for up to 90 minutes. They can book appointments starting Aug. 24. 

Plastic skins will cover computer keyboards and mice. Users must throw them away and wipe down surfaces after their session, according to the library’s website

While the library's physical operations are closed, its virtual resources include e-book rentals, an online book store through the Friends of the Library foundation and programming such as trivia nights.

Library officials haven’t set a reopening date for the building, Hussey said. They’re monitoring case numbers in the county and following guidance from local health officials.

Clarification: This story has been updated to reflect the correct hours.

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