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Public Library expands hours, time for patrons

ST. LOUIS – The city’s public library system is finally able to expand its hours and services, after having to impose tight restrictions during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. The new hours will begin May 17.

Here are the various branches’ new service hours:

  • Buder, Carpenter, Central, Julia Davis and Schlafly: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday
  • Baden, Barr, Cabanne, Carondelet, Divoll, Kingshighway, Machacek and Walnut Park: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday
  • Charing Cross & Marketplace: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday and 1 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday  
  • Central Express: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday 

Library patrons will also have more time in the buildings; all time restrictions for the public have been removed. Limited seating will be available. Patrons can reserve computers to use for up to two hours.

Curbside pickup service is available at most locations, excluding Charing Cross, Central Express and Marketplace.

However, all meeting rooms will remain closed, and all in-person programming remains canceled.

Patrons and staff must wear masks and practice social distancing inside the libraries at all times. Masks are available for those who do not have one.

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