County libraries prepare for phased reopenings
Cultural Center branch to reopen June 15; Downtown branch on July 13
Solano County Library is preparing for a phased reopening of its library branches, which have been closed since March 16 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Below are the important dates related to the resuming of in-person services. These dates are subject to change:
Monday, June 15, 2020: Solano County Library will begin reopening with its three large branches: the Fairfield Civic Center Library, John F. Kennedy Library, and Vacaville Public Library- Cultural Center.
Monday, June 29, 2020: The Dixon Public Library and Rio Vista Library will reopen.
Monday, July 13, 2020: The following branches will reopen: Fairfield Cordelia Library, Suisun City Library, and Vacaville Public Library- Town Square.
Monday, July 27, 2020: The Springstowne Library is scheduled to reopen for in-person services.
The Law Library reopening is yet to be determined; it will be based on the reopening of the county courts.
Solano County Library branches will be open to the public by appointment only between 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday. Branches will be closed Saturday and Sunday. To best serve our community during this time, the Library has designated 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. as seniors-only hour. All patrons must call 1-866-572-7587 to schedule an appointment. This service includes materials check out and computer use. One hour is allowed per visit. Patrons will be permitted one hour of computer use due to limited resources. The Literacy Program office will also be open for appointments and phone calls. Curbside service will continue to be provided for those who prefer picking up their materials outside of the library.
In-person programs or the use of meeting rooms will remain suspended at this time. However, digital programs will continue to be added to the Library’s Facebook and YouTube accounts. Digital resources such as eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines and music are always available through the Library’s website 24/7 through services like OverDrive, RBdigital and Hoopla.
Solano County Library is also taking these additional measures to ensure the safety of patrons and staff:
- Face coverings are strongly recommended for staff and public. Per the Solano County Public Health Officer, patrons will be required to wear face coverings at the Springstowne Library and Law Library because of social distancing constraints.
- Plexiglas sneeze guards have been installed at all service desks.
- Hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes will be available at service desks.
- Returned materials are quarantined for 72 hours before they are checked in and shelved.
“We are looking forward to reopening our branches for the community. We will continue to adapt operations to keep our employees and residents healthy and safe. Services will be expanded or limited at the direction of the County Administrative Officer and with guidance from the Solano County Department of Public Health,” said Bonnie Katz, Director of Public Services.
Visit solanolibrary.com for the latest service updates and to take advantage of the Library’s digital resources. Follow solanolibrary on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.