Oakland Public Library returning to pre-pandemic service hours next week

The City of Oakland, Calif. public library logo. (Photo courtesy of the City of Oakland)

The Oakland Public Library announced Thursday it is returning to its pre-pandemic service hours starting next week.

On Tuesday, service at all 18 library branches in the city will return to the hours that were in effect in March 2020 when buildings were forced to close due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Neighborhood branches, including Rockridge and Piedmont Avenue, will be open as follows:

Monday: 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. 
Tuesday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. 
Wednesday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. 
Thursday: 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Friday: 12 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Sunday: Closed 

The Main Library at 125 14th St. will be open seven days a week, library officials said.

The African American Museum and Library at Oakland and the Oakland History Center will also be available for visits and browsing, although the AAMLO will continue to require appointments to peruse archives, the seed lending library, and group tours, according to the library.

All library patrons will be expected to follow Alameda County health orders, and service will be adjusted as necessary to accommodate, the library noted. In addition, face masks will continue to be required for all patrons and staff. 

Tuesday is also the day the state is lifting its tiered reopening system and removing most capacity limits. The Oakland Public Library will still require face coverings inside its branches.

Library hours and more information about the reopening can be found at https://oaklandlibrary.org/news/2021/06/oakland-public-library-expand-hours-june-15-0.

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