QUINCY — Book lovers are just weeks away from again perusing the aisles of the Quincy Public Library, library officials say.
They said that beginning Wednesday, the library staff will begin offering limited services.
During this time, patrons will be able to place holds on books, movies, music and other items using the library's online catalog or by calling 217-223-1309, ext. 502.
Contactless pickup will be available in lockers outside the front door of the library, QPL's kiosk inside County Market at 48th and Broadway, Lincoln-Douglas School or Iles School.
Reference librarians and other staff members will be available to provide remote support for questions.
Patrons can call the library for assistance or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The next phase of the reopening begins June 1, when computer appointments will be available to the public from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday.
Library officials say the computers can be used for unemployment assistance, IDES certification, or job searches. Additionally, patrons can begin making appointments for in-person notary services.
In this phase, library staff will be contacting patrons who are signed up for homebound delivery to resume contactless service.
In the third phase, which begins June 8, the building will reopen to the public for limited hours. Patrons are encouraged to wear masks and follow social distancing measures. Hours will be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Patrons will be welcome to browse and check out materials, but a long-term stay is discouraged.
Research appointments will be available for those wanting to access materials that cannot be checked out. Additionally, patrons will be encouraged to use the self-checkout stations. Public computers are available during hours the library is open.
With Thursday's announcement, officials also said the library's book drop at 526 Jersey is open to return checked-out materials. All other book drops will remain closed, and due dates have been extended until June 12.
All e-services and downloadable materials remain available, and patrons may sign up for a temporary digital library card at quincylibrary.org/library-card. Technical support for these services will be available starting Wednesday at 217-223-1309, ext. 502.
In-person programs and events, as well as meeting space rentals, are unavailable. The library does plan to kick off its digital Summer Reading program later in June.