Changes are part of progression to next phase of reopening plan

The Iowa City Public Library, shown in this Gazette file photo, plans to restart more of its services on Thursday as it moves to the next phase of its reopening plan in the wake of the pandemic. (Gazette file photo)

On Thursday, the Iowa City Public Library will move to Phase 5a of the reopening plan to expand library hours, remove the time limits for browsing, extend time limits for computer access, and lift building and Bookmobile capacity restrictions. In addition to previously available services, the study and meeting rooms will be open to the public, and ICPL outreach services and programs will be offered off-site. Masks are suggested for those not yet vaccinated.

Library Director Elsworth Carman wants the public to be aware that “while our mask requirement ends July 1, we still ask that patrons be mindful of the many Library users who cannot yet be vaccinated — including children — and consider wearing a mask if not fully vaccinated. Community health is a shared responsibility, and we are so thankful for your help in keeping others safe.”

The library will return to pre-pandemic hours of operation starting Thursday:

• Monday to Thursday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

• Friday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

• Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

• Sunday: Noon to 5 p.m.

Computers and DOT kiosk access will be available during open hours.

Public Access Computers: Two-hour sessions with automatic extensions enabled if at least one computer is free. If all computers are in use, then the longest extended session will be canceled. No advance sign-up.

Remote Printing: pickup at Info Desk; self-service black-and-white (10 cents per page) and color printing (50 cents per page).

Faxing: Free, limited to 10 pages.

Headphones and charging cords are available for use.

More Library Updates

Cardholders are invited to visit icpl.org to put items on hold. Please wait to receive notification that materials are ready before visiting the library. Items can be picked up inside the building or Bookmobile.

All materials remain fine-free until June 30, 2022.

Some service areas of the library will still not be available, including the Koza Family Teen Center, in-person indoor ICPL-led events, the Digital Media Lab and The Book End.

For more information, visit icpl.org/covid or call the library at (319) 356-5200.