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Library will go back to only curbside pickup as virus spreads

ST. LOUIS – The St. Louis Public Library will close all its branches to the public temporarily on Nov. 26, because of the COVID-19 coronavirus’ continued threat.

“We view this as the most responsible path forward to support the health and well-being of our communities at this time,” the library said Friday in a statement.

Twelve of the library’s locations will offer curbside service beginning Nov. 30.

The library system assured patrons that it would re-assess the decision in a few weeks.

Meanwhile, patrons can check out and pick up items at these library branches: Baden, Barr, Buder, Carondelet, Carpenter, Central, Divoll, Julia Davis, Kingshighway, Machacek, Schlafly and Walnut Park. Information about curbside service is available on the library’s website.

Patrons can return materials at outside book drops at the locations mentioned above.

Anyone with internet access can get items remotely. Those resources include eBooks, audiobooks, movies, TV shows and music, digital magazines, online classes and more. Online items can be browsed on the website.

The library’s virtual programs are continuing; a list of the programs can be seen on the website under Events.

Staff is home to The NorthSider and The SouthSider weekly community newspapers. The SouthSider publishes 25,000 copies every Tuesday. The NorthSider publishes 25,000 copies every Thursday. They are distributed at over 600 locations across St. Louis.

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