Maricopa County libraries to resume full browsing access

Apr 22, 2021, 4:35 AM | Updated: Aug 24, 2021, 1:37 pm
(Maricopa County Library District photo)...
(Maricopa County Library District photo)
(Maricopa County Library District photo)

PHOENIX — Maricopa County libraries are transitioning to the next phase of reopening after initially closing all branches in March 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Beginning Monday, visitors can stop by any of the 18 locations to browse the full collection of shelves during “Pop-In Pickup” hours. Previously, patrons were relegated to a curated selection of shelves.

“There is something special about being able to come into your library with no expectations of what you will find and eventually walking out with your next favorite book, movie or album,” Jeremy Reeder, Maricopa County Library District director and county librarian, said in a press release. “We are excited to safely bring that experience back to our community.”

Mobile printing options will also become available Monday. Visitors can upload their files to an online portal and then stop by a library to print their documents at a kiosk for a fee.

COVID-19 mitigation measures are still in place at all branches. In-library computers, sitting areas and study rooms will be unavailable for use. However, guests can checkout Chromebooks or WiFi hotspots to use at home.

Curbside pickup and virtual services remain available for those looking for a contactless library experience.

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Maricopa County libraries to resume full browsing access