When I was a kid, my mom would take me to the public library every week with my siblings to stock up on our favorite books. I was obsessed with Amelia Bedelia books and any research book I could find on coral and coral polyps. And even as an adult I've often joked I'd like to go on a date to a library and read aloud to my partner and vice versa. Also, I'm not joking. But libraries are so magical. Quiet places brimming with resources for knowledge and entertainment. And then the pandemic hit and ruined everything!

However, Boise Public Library has announced it has expanded its in-person services as of this week:

Main Library is open for in-person browsing Monday to Friday from 2:00pm- 6:00pm. Computer access is also available Monday to Friday (in the Hayes Auditorium only), from 10:00am- 6:00pm as well as on Saturday from 10:00am- 2:00pm. Usage is limited to 45 minutes.

The neighborhood branches are doing Walk-In Wednesdays, where in-person browsing is available from 2:00pm- 6:00pm on Wednesdays as well as computer access. Hours vary by branch, specific information for each location can be found here.

Of course these services can only be expanded if safety remains the priority. All guests are asked to follow these guidelines:

  1. Face coverings that properly cover both your nose and mouth are required.
  2. Maintain a 6-foot distance between you and others during your visit.
  3. Please keep browsing to 20 minutes or less. With limited capacity, keeping your visit brief allows more people to access services.

Curbside hold pickup remains the same at all locations.

Definitely longing for the days we can get back to the full library experience, but something is better than nothing. I will definitely be making a trip next week. I need a new library card after all.

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