Library services set to expand in Phase 2 of reopening R.I.

RHODE ISLAND (WLNE) – On Thursday, Governor Gina Raimondo announced library services will expand in Phase 2 of reopening Rhode Island.

Currently in Phase 1, libraries are allowed to offer curbside pickup of preordered library books.

Under Phase 2, libraries can begin to offer limited, touchless browsing in designated areas of the library, while curbside pickup will continue.

The Warwick Public Library is now getting ready for Phase 2. Staff have put down tape markings designating 6 foot spaces in lines, as well as arrows to direct one-way lines to avoid clusters of groups.

“It’s a gradual progression of people being able to use library services. They won’t be able to use the stacks until Phase 3. So, the stacks will be closed and staff will have to get materials for them,” said Chris Laroux, Director of the Warwick Public Library.

Some libraries will start offering limited access to public computers.

“We’re working on that,” said Laroux. “That could start in Phase 2, but it would be extremely limited.”

He said they have ordered disposable material to put over the keyboard and mouse.

In Cranston, beginning Monday, May 18th, the city’s public library will launch curbside pickup. Patrons will be able to request up to five items at a time. Contactless pickup will be available at all locations except the Arlington branch. 

The library will also be offering a remote printing service for up to 10 pages free with contactless pick up.
All-in-library services will be provided in accordance with state regulations for social distancing, mask-wearing, and cleaning. 
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