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Greenlake Library now accepting book returns

(Correcting previous story that listed Greenwood as open)

The Seattle Public Library has published their Road to Reopening that details plans moving forward to best serve our community. The Library is now accepting returns at 12 Library locations across the city including Greenlake and Broadview, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from noon to 6 p.m. or until book returns are full. The Greenwood branch remains closed at this time.

Here are some FAQs that are covered in the new announcement:

When are my books due? Due dates are extended until at least Aug. 15, and we are a fine-free Library system, so there is no rush to return items, and you can take the time you need.

When can I start borrowing books again? SPL is in the process of planning limited curbside pickup services at some Library locations, available by appointment. That service is expected to become available by early to mid-August. More information will be shared as soon as details are available.

When can I visit Library buildings again? At this time, buildings are still primarily closed to the public to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in the community. There is no target date for reopening buildings to the public. The Library has canceled in-person public Library programs, as well as meeting room bookings, until at least Sept. 7.

Can I donate my used books to the Library? The Library is not able to accept book donations at this time and does not anticipate being able to accept donations throughout the summer. Please do not leave books or other materials you wish to donate at Library sites.

What’s available online? To help meet community interest, the SPL has invested in more e-materials throughout the closure. Homebound Seattle residents can explore their vast inventory of learning and entertainment resources, including e-books (see expanded “Always Available ” lists), streaming services, learning resources and more. Library staff are also ready to answer your phone call or chat or email through Ask Us.